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Writers

  • Christina Chun

    Writer

  • Christina was raised in Oahu, Hawaii. She lived in Tome, Miyagi for 3 years, teaching English at elementary schools and kindergartens through the JET Programme. Active outside school, she played volleyball, danced on a Yosakoi team, participated in international exchange activities with the Tome International Friends Association, cafe hopping, and traveled Japan. Her favorite thing about Miyagi is the people. She says the Tome community is friendly and caring towards everyone, like one big family always happy to welcome more members.

    Articles

    Meiji Village

    A glimpse of Tome during the Meiji era

    Northern Miyagi

  • Jack Morrison

    Writer

  • Jack worked as an ALT in Ogawara town in southern Miyagi for five years. While there, he learned to play the koto and shamisen, and discovered a love of onsen, skiing, hiking and road tripping around Tohoku. He is from Canberra, Australia and has returned there to earn a master’s degree in teaching.

    Articles

    Insider's View of Hitome Senbon Zakura

    Miyagi's Top Cherry Blossom Spot

    Mt. Zao

  • Luke Rehage

    Writer

  • Luke has lived and worked in Shinchi, Fukushima since 2014. Originally from Chicago, his interest in Japan was sparked by an appreciation of good tea and travel. When he’s not teaching English, he loves taking long bike rides through the Fukushima countryside and playing video games.

    Articles

    Mt. Karou

    All-season hike with ocean views

    Near Miyagi

  • Marija Temelkovski

    Writer

  • Marija, originally from Vancouver, Canada, worked as an ALT in Shiogama through the JET Programme. During her time in Japan, she also volunteered as a trip planner for tours around Miyagi with the Miyagi JET Association. She vividly recalls a recovery tour to Minamisanriku and Rikuzentakata where she was able to hear stories told directly by disaster survivors themselves. That prompted her to reflect that we don’t spend enough time practicing gratitude and being truly happy with what we have. She says, “The beauty of Miyagi is in its people.”

    Articles

    Shiogama-Jinja Shrine

    Centuries-old shrine overlooking Matsushima Bay

    Matsushima Bay

    Shiogama-ko Sushi

    Where locals go for sushi

    Matsushima Bay

  • Sarah F. Jones

    Writer

  • Sarah comes from Texas, USA and has been living in Japan since 2007. She loves that there is always something new to learn and experience in Japan and that every season offers something interesting. She enjoys traveling, volunteering, and snowboarding.

    Articles

    Somaro Geisha House

    Meet real maiko geisha

    Near Miyagi

  • Sat De Los Angeles

    Writer

  • Sat has travelled back and forth between his hometown of Montreal, Canada and the Philippines throughout his life. Now, he calls Japan his third home, working as an ALT in Shiogama through the JET Programme. Sat has restlessly dabbled in every possible form of art since childhood—as an illustrator, designer, photographer, writer, even a radio DJ—all before finally discovering his true joy: helping and supporting kids and grown-ups as a teacher. Whenever he finds free time, Sat enjoys travelling, drawing, and enjoying delicious local coffee.

    Articles

    Sugimura Jun Museum of Art

    More than just a museum

    Matsushima Bay

  • Tyler Gilbert

    Writer

  • Tyler hails from southern California and currently resides in the seaside town of Shichigahama, where he works as a Coordinator for International Relations at the Shichigahama Kokusaimura International Event Center. While Tyler’s work is largely comprised of coordinating Shichigahama’s sister city relationship with Plymouth, Massachusetts, his other responsibilities include graphic design work and the implementation of the town’s plan to develop a globalized community. Tyler enjoys exploring Miyagi’s great outdoors through his love of hiking and snowboarding.

    Articles

    Shobutahama Beach

    Swimming, surfing and music

    Matsushima Bay

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