Earlier this year, I was accepted to participate in the JET programme. After what felt like an eon, I got my placement: Gunma prefecture. If you’re like me and don’t know a lot about Japan, you probably thought the same thing: “Where’s that?”
This was quickly followed by a google search and a fast and furious reading of the wikipedia page for Gunma. Capital city: Maebashi. A mountainous region once known for horsebreeding. It’s main economy is boostered by agriculture(konjacs and cabbages), silk farming, and car manufacturing.
I later found out that I would be placed in Takasaki city. A city famous for the Daruma doll.
My placement is not a big city like Tokyo, but more rural. As I am currently living in North Hollywood near LA, I’m definitely ready for a change of pace.
I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared. This is something I’ve been working towards since I was still in Italy trying to figure out how I could live and work abroad. Living abroad was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I have ever had. I can’t wait to do it all over again.
I will be sure to set my goals and intentions in a following blog post.
702 miles up the Interstate 15. It’s easy to forget how beautiful the wild open spaces of America are. This is only one small portion visible from the passenger seat on the highway.
I haven’t been able to update the blog as I am on the road traveling through Nevada and Utah. I will update with photos soon.
I recently recommended places to visit in Florence and Rome to my future sister-in-law and I figured it would make a great blog post as well about people interested in visiting those locations.
Before we even get to the collection itself: the whole building is itself a masterpiece of architecture.
History | The Uffizi
Commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, the building, was conceived to house the “Uffizi”, the administrative and legal offices of Florence. The work was entrusted to artist Giorgio Vasari, who designed an edifice with a Doric column portico, in a style that was both elegant and severe, established “upon the river and almost in the air”. – Le Gallerie degli Uffizi website
Gli Uffizi is home to many famous historical art pieces and is the number one priority destination for any art lover or artist.
Most famous pieces: The Birth of Venus(Botticelli), Adoration of the Magi (Da Vinci)
Unknown – Unknown, Public Domain, Link
Caravaggio’s Medusa, Bronzino’s portraits, the ancient Greek and Roman sculpture
By Caravaggio – Transferred from en.wikipedia. Original uploader was Hugh Manatee at en.wikipedia. Original uploader was Hugh Manatee at en.wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by Ghirlandajo at en.wikipedia. 2005-07-26 (first version); 2006-11-21 (last version), Public Domain, Link
As promised, I am using this blog to also document my Japanese learning.
Right now , I am learning time expressions.
Here are some sentences (that are probably wrong, but I will edit my post later to correct):