Get to know Trini food: Trinidadian corn soup

Make no mistake, Trinis love food. The size of the waistlines in Trinidad and Tobago bear testament to the favorite local expression,"Better belly buss than good food waste!" Side note: you can learn 19 Trini sayings in this article I wrote for Matador Network. In this foodie nation, there are many favorites. One is Trinidadian corn soup. [...]

A day in the life of an ALT in Japan

Every day, I take the Sakaiminato-bound train from platform zero. Its carriages are pink, purple, yellow, green, and blue and plastered with characters from a manga called Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro. One character, Nekomusume, a wide-eyed, fringed-faced girl, flashes razor sharp teeth. Daily life is punctuated by sound. In the morning, the jaundice-eyed train lumbers [...]

Photo essay: Day trip to Mihonoseki

Seki is a goodly place, facing the morning sun; there, from the holy mountains, the winds blow softly, softly Soyo-soyoto! - Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan by Lafcadio Hearn Looking for more off the beaten track Japan? Mihonoseki should be your next stop. This small fishing town straddles the invisible border between Shimane and Tottori prefectures in [...]

Day trip: Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park

Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park, one of the largest in Japan, is located in Nanbu, a tiny pastoral town surrounded by the rolling mountains of the Daisen Oki National Park. It's a well-kept natural attraction. Everything is meticulously swept, arranged, trimmed, watered, plucked, weeded, and manicured. The park spans 50 hectares which change every season. In fall, there [...]