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    Food & Drink,  Hokkaido,  Japan

    13 Unique & Famous Local Foods You Must Eat In Hokkaido

    Many places in Japan have famous local food specialties, and Hokkaido is no exception! Hokkaido has a ton of famous food, much of which can only be found in Hokkaido. These local dishes have a unique Hokkaido flair and are a definite must eat when you’re in the prefecture. I’ll share a secret with you. Hokkaido has amazing food! I may be biased because I lived in Hokkaido for 2 years, but I actually think Hokkaido has the best food in all of Japan! Seriously, it’s so delicious! Hokkaido is lucky to have a lots of wonderful local produce. Almost every town and village in Hokkaido is famous for a…

  • Hikes & Walks,  Hokkaido,  Japan

    Hiking An Active Volcano In Hokkaido – Mount Meakan

    Mount Meakan is a stunning volcano on the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan. It is a beautiful hike and I did it with a group of my friends. Here is a post I wrote about the hike a few years ago on an old blog. I have republished it here. Hiking 登るHokkaido :  Mount Meakan (雌阿寒岳 Meakan-Dake) In June 2015 I headed out east to celebrate Rina’s birthday. My friends being my friends, our idea of a decent celebration is hiking 1,499m up an active stratovolcano. About Mount Meakan, Hokkaido This is Mount Meakan, the highest mountain in the Akan Volcanic Complex located in Akan National Park in Hokkaido,…

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    Japan,  Working Abroad

    5 Amazing Aspects Of Japanese Working Culture

    In this post, I share with you five amazing aspects of Japanese working culture. I worked in Japan for two years on the JET Programme as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT). As a foreigner working professionally in Japan, I learned a lot about Japanese working culture. I was amazed by many aspects of Japanese working culture. In fact, I was so impressed that I seriously wondered: why are these practices are not common place in Western working cultures? Japan might be known for their long hours, bureaucracy and strict policies, so Japanese working culture can often be viewed in a negative light. But it’s clear that Japanese companies are very…