Header image from the winner of the 2021-2022 Photo Contest.

Dreams or Dirt? Niigata students participate in the 2021 Summer Koshien Baseball Tournament

One of Japan’s biggest sporting events is undoubtedly the All Japan High School Summer Baseball Tournament otherwise known as “Koshien”. The tournament, taking place annually in Hyogo, is a two-week affair. Forty-Nine teams, each representing their home prefecture (with Hokkaido and Tokyo sending 2 teams each), participate in a single-elimination Read more…

Sayonara Max

Farewell fair Shinkansen, I hardly knew you. With the corona virus’ arrival in Japan not long after my own, there really hasn’t been much opportunity to ride the double decker Max Toki Shinkansen to Tokyo. But for many other Niigata residents, and former ALT’s that’s not the case. So for Read more…