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My name is Mara, but you probably knew that already. In the summer of 2008, I visited Japan for the first time, spending seven weeks in the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa prefecture (石川県の金沢市) doing a Monroe scholarship project on Japanese cultural color-emotion associations. I graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2009 and was accepted by the JET Program shortly thereafter. Now, I live in Hamada city in Shimane prefecture (島根県の浜田市) teaching English at 11 elementary schools. This blog is mostly for family and friends to keep up with my activities, but I hope to make some educational posts about the culture I find myself adapting to.

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  1. 2008 August 28 8:30 am

    Mara – my brother Jonathan pointed your Japan blog out to me – very cool stuff. I love your area of research. One of friends, Michelle, really misses her time in Japan, and another friend ( goes back all the time. I’ve never been to Japan myself, though I thought about it for years, when I was studying Aikido Yoshinkai style.

    I blog in a few places – personal stuff (mostly locked down to friends) at and professional stuff at as well as the usual stubs at myspace, facebook and all the usual other places. One day I hope they work out syndication between online social communities and how to define ‘friends’ between all those places.

    I hope all continues to be well for you, and that you acheive all you want, both in research and other aspects of your life.

  2. dad permalink
    2009 September 11 10:44 pm

    Google translator claims that the upper left title of this page means:
    “They are trying one more foreigners in Japan”

    • 2009 September 11 11:42 pm

      Haha, brilliant! I meant it to say “One more foreigner trying (her) best in Japan”.

  3. Grandma Mollie Cohen permalink
    2009 September 13 4:03 am

    We have been watching your vlogs and viewing the photos you have posted. Grandma is very impressed with the manhole covers. She would like one for her bathroom floor. But they are probably too heavy! We will have to make prints. What a beautiful city you are in. MOM and Grandma

  4. Rebecca Goldman permalink
    2010 May 5 6:58 am


    I am going to be in Japan from May 31st to June 14, I hope, and I was wondering what you’ll be up to! I hope to travel the second week, but the first week will be spent mostly in the Tokyo area.

    Let me know if you wanna hang out,

    • 2010 May 6 9:10 pm

      That’s excellent! I’ll unfortunately be working during the week, as we’re mid-first semester here, but weekends are fair game. I actually have plans to be in Hiroshima June 4th and 5th for an ALT meetup; we have tickets to a baseball game, but we’re going out partying afterward, which I’m sure anyone would be welcome to join. 🙂 The second weekend is wide open. My area is pretty difficult to get to, but Hiroshima is the closest major city to me and also the closest bullet train route. I’m guessing you have friends you’ll be traveling with, but if you need any advice, please ask anything, and let me know about your weekend plans!

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