Janet Jory

COLUMN: Winter activities in a Japanese community

Sometimes life in Toyokoro feels like stepping back in time.

COLUMN: Experiencing unfamiliar Japanese foods

Winter may not officially arrive until the solstice, but it has been visiting Toyokoro.

COLUMN: Experiencing fall in Japan

The sun set half an hour ago, although it still rises before 6 a.m. in the morning.

COLUMN: Toyokoro copes with rainy season

Hokkaido is known for not having a rainy season, except for this year.

COLUMN: Japanese language provides challenges

I landed on Hokkaido July 3 knowing exactly two words of Japanese.

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