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AJET Publication Award

The NagaZasshi Team is proud to announce that we have been honored with an award by AJET. The award is for the best prefectural publication. We went up against some very impressive publications throughout Japan, so, needless to say, we are thrilled to have won the award.

We would like to thank all of our article contributors, our sponsors, and all of you for reading the NagaZasshi. This award inspires us to continue making the best, most informative magazine we … Continue reading »

NIB Piece on NagaZasshi

Check out this piece about the NagaZasshi that debuted on NIB (Nagasaki International Broadcasting) last October starring our very own Mutia Adisoma.

You can also view it directly on YouTube.

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Haiti Donation Update

This is an update for you on the status of the donations you made to Haiti at the last NagaZasshi party. We recently received a confirmation email from the Canadian Red Cross, which you can read at the end of this message. We decided to donate through the Canadian Red Cross because the Canadian government vowed to match any donation made to Canadian charitable organizations between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, 2010.

We collected about 47,000 yen in donations at … Continue reading »

The All Souls Procession

Note: This entry is an addendum to Vol 1.4′s Wacky Festivals Article.

Good ‘ol Tucson: the heart of the Southwestern United States. Where Wyatt Earp and his boys participated in the infamous gun fight at Tombstone. Where Saguaro cactus take the place of trees in a harsh dry landscape. And where one of the most unique U.S. festivals takes place every first weekend of November, The All Souls Procession. It was started in 1990 by a local artist name Susan … Continue reading »

5 Ways to Avoid the Most Depressing Christmas Ever

Pretty depressing, to say the least.

Regardless of where you are, and what the locals do, ‘tis the season to be jolly. However ‘tis also the season not to be broke, which is inevitably what a plane ticket home for the holidays will render you. If you’re staying put this Christmas, here is a heads up of what to expect, and some tips on how to spend your holiday season without crying into a Colonel Sanders bucket.

1. Get busy … Continue reading »

A Reasonable Rhyme: Shining a Little Light on a Japanese Custom

So many times in our daily lives here in Japan we may find our selves wondering, “Now come on, why would you do that? That just doesn’t make any sense…” One such instance as pointed out by Ms. Marika Galadza in her list of “5 Humbling Gaijin Moments” is the fact that you are, generally speaking, expected to pay an equal share for your own welcome/farewell party. For many of us foreign types that seems a little out of place … Continue reading »

Stop Looking At Me!

Physical insecurities are something that most of us have dealt with at one point or another in our lives (glasses and braces in junior high school, anyone?). However, these insecurities are sometimes exacerbated in Japan due to the fact that we look completely different from everyone around us, not to mention we’re stared at all the time!

I asked some foreigners about thoughts they’ve had regarding their physical appearance since living in Japan. Here are some of the things they … Continue reading »

Night Views in Nagasaki

Enjoy night views, but don’t like cold weather or paying for gas? Then you need to check out this website.

I just came across it today, and it appears to be dedicated to night view photography from all across Japan. In Nagasaki-ken, make sure to check out: Sasebo, Omura, Nagasaki (Inasayama), and my personal favorite Nagasaki (Nabekanmuri-yama).


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Let’s Hike Nagasaki!

As a newcomer to Nagasaki last year, there were two things I wanted to do more than anything else: go swimming, and go hiking. Unfortunately, swimming was out of the question due to the mass numbers of jellyfish that infest the waters during the summer. Luckily, I soon found out how many amazing mountains there are in this area. This is of course true for most of Japan, which is 75% covered in mountains, but it’s especially true for Kyushu. … Continue reading »

A 15-Minute Whirlwind

It’s cleaning time and a handful of first-year students and I are trying to clean the floors of our junior high’s English room. This however proves to be nearly impossible to achieve, as an inexplicable number of nickel-sized dust balls have found their way into the room and scattered themselves all about the sticky floor. The kids are on their hands and knees trying to dislodge them, all the while prattling on about whatever pops into their heads. I listen … Continue reading »