Tyrannosaurus Sex: I Survived Japan’s Jurassic Park Love Hotel

Sierra Nicole Rhoden (Oita)

This July, my teaching contract ends and my husband and I will leave Japan. Faced with only a few months left in a country we adore, an overwhelming array of last minute must-sees taunt and drift past us like cherry blossoms falling from the trees. Recently, however, as the ultimate culmination of our time in Japan, we checked off one of the most important places on our to-go list. We finally stayed at Jzauruss, a love hotel in Beppu that is lovingly crafted after Jurassic Park, everyone’s favorite dinosaur adventure movie.

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An Artist’s Adventure

Gareth Naylor (Oita)

I came to Japan because I wanted adventure. My head was filled with images of traveling to a foreign land and experiencing a completely different culture. Some of these images were very naive. I thought, for instance, that I would be living in a traditional Japanese house in the middle of a rice field. The imagination can be so dangerous. In reality, I lived in a 3 storey apartment in a small city called Oita — it’s on the island of Kyushu.

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