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

  • Flavia Fulco

    Writer

  • Flavia is an Italian researcher of cultural studies who has been based in Japan since 2011. She conducted her post-doc research at Sophia University in Tokyo: a digital oral narrative project called Voices from Tohoku. Her research on the cultural memory of the Great East Japan Earthquake brought her to Miyagi Prefecture where she has continued her research with the help of post-disaster kataribe storytellers. She is currently an assistant professor at Toyama University. She is also part of the CyborgCrowd research team which aims to achieve integration of human and artificial intelligence into disaster relief practices.

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    Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo

    Coastal hot springs and seafood

    Sanriku Coast

  • 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.

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    Insider's View of Hitome Senbon Zakura

    Miyagi's Top Cherry Blossom Spot

    Mt. Zao

  • Jason Jetnarayan

    Writer

  • Jason is an ALT who has been working in Miyagi prefecture since 2016. He lives in the in the mountainous countryside of Shichikashuku Town. It has been a major shift in lifestyle for him, having spent most of his upbringing in Durban, South Africa, a large coastal city with a sub-tropical climate. He has grown to love the vast natural beauty of Miyagi prefecture and appreciate the tranquility of life in the countryside. “However,” he says “These winters are still something I’ve yet to become accustomed to.” In his spare time you can find him photographing Japanese cities, messing about on Adobe Illustrator, or shoveling snow outside his apartment.

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    Bashoan Soba

    The most popular soba restaurant in a town known for soba

    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.

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    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.”

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    Shiogama-Jinja Shrine

    Centuries-old shrine overlooking Matsushima Bay

    Matsushima Bay

    Shiogama-ko Sushi

    Where locals go for sushi

    Matsushima Bay

  • Surie Vixaysakd

    Writer

  • Surie Vixaysakd is from Seattle, Washington and worked as an ALT in Tome City from 2015 to 2018. There, she enjoyed practicing kyudo (traditional Japanese archery), volunteering with Tome International Friends Association, and eating all the local delicacies Miyagi had to offer. Her fondest memory from her time in Miyagi was participating in the Tome City Dontosai Festival.

  • 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.

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    Shobutahama Beach

    Swimming, surfing and music

    Matsushima Bay

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