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News from AJET March 2016

Hello Spring!

The end of winter is in sight and spring is just around the corner. This means that the end of the school year is here! If you’re planning to go away during the spring holidays, have a blast and recharge your batteries for the new school year. If you aren’t going away, plan your work days well so that you’re not bored at school doing nothing. It’s a good time to catch up on your reading, learn a new skill, plan your next trip, study a bit of Japanese or talk to students outside of class time.

If you haven’t gone and explored Japan yet, now is a good time to grab a friend (or go by yourself) and tour around Japan. Japan has so many different places to visit with exciting things you can do at each place. With less than six months to go until my time in Japan is up, I’m trying to plan my final trips. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to visit all of the prefectures in west Honshu by August. However, one of the prefectures I want to visit is Yamaguchi and I still don’t know what I can do there… If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, please let me know! Japan is such a gorgeous country to travel around with its history, beautiful scenery, delicious food (FOOOOD!… drool…) and unique culture. Make the most of living in Japan and go and explore this great country we’re living in!

Now is plum (梅, ume) blossom season which looks very similar to the famous cherry blossom. It’s one of the first blossoms to bloom and signals the start of spring. Go and check it out– they should be blooming until mid-March. A famous location in the Kansai region is Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto. Plus, later this month the cherry blossoms will be out in full swing. During this time, make the most of the short time that they’re in bloom by having a hanami party with your friends– remember to bring some sakuramochi to share!

Aiko Lignon


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