Tag Archives: Yamagata

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Snow Monsters, Oh My!

Block 2 hits the slopes for the Zao Onsen Ski Weekend Zao Onsen, located in Yamagata City in the northeastern region of Tohoku, is one of Japan’s most famous tourist destinations. Zao Onsen is not only famous for its many hot springs, but also its ski

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Yeah But Have You Heard Of… Kendo?

Jack Richardson (Yamagata) OK, so you probably have heard of it. Or, at least, you’ve probably heard of it. Kendo is not renowned as the quietest or calmest of pursuits. But deep down below all that screaming and hitting and stamping lies a practice that is meditative,

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Back and There Again

Jack Richardson (Yamagata) Christmas and New Year have come and gone, while many JETs have done the opposite. Here, five such people share their experience of returning to Japan after a well-deserved break back home, and what they thought of the culture the second (or