Simply Google “Japan” and colorful images of tall red pagodas, a snow-capped Mount Fuji and the iconic cityscape of Tokyo will pepper your screen. Without a doubt, these landmarks are as “Japanese” as you can get. But have you ever wondered what living in the areas untouched by tourists would be like?
Hey! My name is Natsuko. I'm a Chicago based Japanese-American writer who enjoys discussing Japanese culture, dessert, and pretty much anything else except the weather in the Midwest. Though I've traveled to and from Japan my whole life, I've spent 3 years living in the mountains of Gunma prefecture teaching English to junior high school students and writing about Japanese tourism.