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The Kibi Kibi Dango, formerly The Fuzzy Peach, is an English-language news and features blog chronicling the adventures of Okayama-based ALTs.


Get a taste of what it is like to live in “The Land of Sunshine”. Oidensee!

Japaned: Ichigo Gari (Strawberry picking) at an Okayama-famous farm

Japaned: Ichigo Gari (Strawberry picking) at an Okayama-famous farm

I refused food. Auntie M gave me the hairy eyeball over her American dog. They tsk tsked over my rejection of breakfast. I didn't care. My mind was on the berries. You don't have a snack before you head into a buffet. Amateurs.
The Heroes of Hadaka: Naked Man Festival 2014

The Heroes of Hadaka: Naked Man Festival 2014

Sticks flying everywhere, bodies lurching against the side, muscles surging for the sweet scent of incense bundled within that winning stick!! It’s found! Hands appear from everywhere, and everyone grabs for the lucky shingi, gripping and locking each other into a frenzied pinwheel of arms, twisting in a circle around...
Japaned: Festival Food is the real business

Japaned: Festival Food is the real business

A Japanese festival food street is an event unto itself. Naked Man, one of Okayama's largest traditional festivals, has its own food street that attracts stalls from all over West Japan.
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Shashin

Shashin

Daniel Ferrante shares his impressions of Kibichuo with a collection of very short poems.
Lee's POPCORN CHICKEN

Lee’s POPCORN CHICKEN

No buttermilk? No problem! Making popcorn chicken in Japan is a breeze!
How to Write a Lesson Plan for Uber Beginners!

How to Write a Lesson Plan for Uber Beginners!

For a lot of fresh faces in the teaching game, especially those who have been thrown into teaching without a formal background in education, making a lesson plan can be daunting. Here is my broken down guide to Backward Design lesson planning.
PowerPoint and the ALT: Practical Considerations

PowerPoint and the ALT: Practical Considerations

Many of my colleagues have given PowerPoint presentations at English camps. In an instant, images of hometowns, local cuisine and familiar landscapes awe students. I’m not suggesting that PowerPoint is the be-all and end-all teaching tool. It’s simply one of many tools at your disposal. However, PowerPoint is indispensible because it...
Cicadopedia!

Cicadopedia!

The majestic cicada . . . also known as "that bug that makes an unholy racket in the trees outside your windows all day." Hats off to Lauren for making this guide to Japanese cicadas. She even included recordings of their calls!
Crouching Tiger, Hidden ALT: Navigating the world of elementary school ESL teaching in Japan.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden ALT: Navigating the world of elementary school ESL teaching in Japan.

It has been approximately one year since I started teaching in elementary schools here in Okayama, and I can sincerely say there has not been one day without a genuine sense of wonder and confusion. Though I cannot attribute the rainbow of emotions I have experienced during my time here solely to my time spent...
10 Ways to Keep Your Summer Cool

10 Ways to Keep Your Summer Cool

Lauren is here to tell you how to ward off that Okayama summer heat!

Alternatives to Big Box stores for Games and Electronics

I’m sure most of us who have been here for a while are probably more up-to-date on alternatives to stores like Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera, Edion and such for games and electronics. But assuming you noobs (pardon the gaming insult, no offense intended) don’t know anything, I figured I’d throw out a few alternatives...
Melody’s Bullet Point Tips for Your 1st Month in Japan

Melody’s Bullet Point Tips for Your 1st Month in Japan

Here are some bits of my advice to make your first month as a JET memorable and successful.
How to Survive Tokyo Orientation

How to Survive Tokyo Orientation

By now many of you, incoming JET ALTs, are in the midst of your last minute planning and packing frenzy before you get shipped out to Tokyo Orientation. Unless you’ve been scanning the forums, it is likely that you have little idea what is in store for you once you land. I am one of...
Transforming newcomer technological woes into classroom miracles: Yes, there’s an app for that!

Transforming newcomer technological woes into classroom miracles: Yes, there’s an app for that!

After a six-month conundrum of relying on an internet service that did not suit my mobility needs, I discovered that I do, after all, have reliable tech-instincts.   Like many ALTs, I had no idea what devices and services would work best in Japan.  I just wanted to take the path of least resistance to quickly...
Field of Craft: A recap of Kurashiki's family-friendly craft festival

Field of Craft: A recap of Kurashiki’s family-friendly craft festival

Kurashiki's Field of Craft, held outside of Geibu Hall in Kurashiki City on May 11-12, invited craft enthusiasts and curious onlookers to spend time with the artisanal community of Okayama Prefecture.