Break Time

Two more days of school left before I hop on planes and boats through Hawaii, China, and back to Japan. If anyone is going to be on the big island of Hawaii from the 22nd to the 28th, Shanghai from the 29th to the 2nd, or Osaka, Kumamoto or Tokyo from the 4th to the 8th, let me know.

It may be a while before I update with anything interesting. In the meantime you can check out my photos from the past couple months, which I just finish putting up online: Photos.



For a while now, I’ve been participating in a play called “Alice in Japan” (highly modified version of Alice in Wonderland).  It’s put on by the ALTs of Niigata Prefecture to raise money for charity.  In the spring, we will travel to Papua New Guinea and build a school with the proceeds made from the musical.  I am playing the White Rabbit. We’ve been practicing now for a month or two.  We had a rehearsal this weekend in Joetsu and we actually got a lot done.  I’ve included a video of us doing the final dance,  “We’re all in This Together” from High School Musical, as well as the musical website.


Murakami Map

I’ve been putting some cool little places around the Murakami area on a personal Google map. It’s kind of a fun way to get to know the area a little bit. I know that when I found out I would be coming to Murakami, I studied it on Google maps but really was not at all familiar or prepared when I arrived. Looking at a map can’t do justice to the atmosphere and feeling of a place, but hopefully this will give others some of the knowledge I’ve gained from firsthand experience.

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To give credit where credit is due, Chris, the other ALT in Murakami City, started a Google map of Murakami before I did, which you can look at here.