Shirakawa was my local village for 7 months when I worked in Japan on a working holiday visa. It is in Fukushima (officially called Shirakawa-shi) and not to be confused with Shirakawa-mure which is in Gifu and is a much more beautiful place to visit! Although I lived up a mountain so trips to the town were limited to my days off work (mostly to get food supplies for the week), there are a few attractions to see while you’re there. It has a small local train stop called Shirakawa station and a major stop on the Shinkansen Tohoku line called Shin-Shirakawa, so it is easy to get too. There is usually taxies to find on both sides of this station and rental car places in case you need to get around.


Some love for Shirakawa

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It was a bit like most other earthquakes at first. You stop whatever you’re doing under the sensation of the earth moving, realise what’s going on, and just wait. Earthquakes are not uncommon in Japan, much like many other areas of the world. They soon become natural, albeit a bit bothersome.

Japanese earthquake report

There are usually lots of these

I was sat at the desk on reception at British Hills, a British themed hotel in the mountains of Fukushima, Japan. As guests arrived on the courtesy bus around 14:40 Japan time, I sat them down and began my usual spiel about the attractions available and hope they would have a nice time, etc. The earth started moving as it sometimes does. Starting with a little shake, there was nothing to worry about seemingly.

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Helping Out

May 17, 2011 · 11 comments

As the work here in Fukushima is understandably slow so I’ve been helping out in evacuation centres around the area. Mostly people want English teachers for boosting morale and to help with children. The Fukushima prefecture has lost 60% of the foreign English teachers due to them moving abroad after the earthquake and tsunami (mostly teachers with children noticeably), so there are a lot of jobs going at the moment, when learning English is now more important than ever as it helps with communicating needs worldwide.

Evacuation centre March 11th Earthquake Japan

Boy walks from play area in evacuation centre

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