Jessica Fast

  • Understanding Tohoku
    October 15th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    I came to Japan in July 2011, about four months after the East Japan Earthquake. We had been warned that electricity use had been cut in an attempt to compensate for the shortages in the northeast, and the first obvious show of this was in the Tokyo nightscape, scat ... » Continue Reading
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    Day Trip to Akita’s Land of the Namahage
    August 28th, 2013By Category: Travel
    When people talk about visiting Akita, I am often torn about what it is I should be suggesting they do. See some rice fields? Senshu Park? If Akita is not in festival season, my first thoughts are often that there is little to do or see to impress a first-timer, esp ... » Continue Reading
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    The Education of Japan’s Educators
    June 29th, 2013By Category: Teaching in Japan
    Japan holds something of a world title in high test scores. Japanese pat themselves on the back about it, with snarling glances begrudge South Korea for beating them, and seem to generally ignore the fact that Scandinavia is performing better than all of Asia. Japan pri ... » Continue Reading
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    Snow, County and the Wildness of Words
    May 17th, 2013By Category: Teaching in Japan
    Yasunari Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1968, mostly as a result of his novel, Snow Country. Called Yukiguni in Japanese, it is the subtly portrayed account of a businessman who visits a hot spring town in winter and his relationships with a popular ge ... » Continue Reading
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    President Obama
    January 28th, 2013By Category: Culture, Events
    President Obama was recently re-elected for his second term as president of the United States. In his sweeping acceptance speech, he makes a remark about how citizens of America can make their own futures happen if they work hard, no matter if they are black or white, ... » Continue Reading

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