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About Stephen

My name is Stephen Gabriel Falke, and I am passionate for all things Japanese. I have been accepted to teach for the JET Program starting 2015. In the past, during my time in college, I also had the chance to participate in a study abroad at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, for Japan's 2012 school year. On my blog I write about my love for Japan, my journey to get there and stay there, and my adventures studying and teaching there.

Last Day as a JET ALT

My last month has been a tornado, with goodbyes and thank yous, packing and cleaning, and all sorts of logistical things, so much so that I’ve had little time to actually reflect and think, “I’m leaving Suzuka.” And even when … Continue reading

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和楽器生活 - パート 2   Wagakki Life – Part 2

今回の投稿は単に私の一番好きなバンドの和楽器バンドについて話してほめたいと思う。私の意見ですが、和楽器バンドは日本の中で、一番かっこいいバンドの一つだ!私にとって、グッズを一杯買ったり毎コンサートに行ったりバンドか歌手の名前を叫んだリするほど芸能人とか俳優の大ファンになるそんなタイプじゃないけれど、といっても、一番そういうことに近着いたのは、和楽器バンドなんだ。もう二回コンサートにいったことがあるし、パーカーやCDやアクセソリーなど買った。あ、そして、ファンクラブも入りました。たぶんそれは本当にファンになったことになるだろうね! I’d like to take this time to just brag on my favorite band, Wagakki Band! Wagakki Band is in my opinion one of the coolest bands over here! I’ve never really been one to be a fan of a … Continue reading

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Christmas vs. New Year’s

So being here in Japan over the holidays has brought to my sight something I didn’t realize before. It wasn’t necessarily that I didn’t know this, but I just didn’t know quite how strongly it was this way. In America, … Continue reading

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Wagakki Life, Part I – Taking Up Shamisen

It’s gotten cold here in Suzuka. I finally broke out my heavy jacket in the past couple weeks. Things have been busy the past couple months. But it’s a good busy : ) Today I want to talk about Wagakki! … Continue reading

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Silver Week Adventures シルバーウィークの冒険

I originally was going to make my September post about my first experiences teaching English in Japan. But then a five day weekend called Silver Week came along and whisked me away on a string of adventures with lots of … Continue reading

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Getting my Bearings 慣れている

It’s been quite a month! After a 14 hour flight, a shinkansen (bullet train), countless orientations, and 4 weeks later, I’m just beginning to settle into my new life here in Suzuka, Mie, Japan! Here are some of the things … Continue reading

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Eyes to the Skies 目を空に

10! 9! 8! I feel like I’m in one of those steam-punk sci-fi movies where something catastrophic is about to happen, and I’m flying out via a homemade space contraption. I scramble about the ship, scrounging for parts, pushing buttons, … Continue reading

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