last updated July 30th in the 2nd Year of the Plague



Life in Takefu
School & Students
Chicago & America
Around Japan

Life on Mars


In place of a diary, in my first few years in Japan I sent letters to a slowly widening group of friends and family. These are impressions of Japan, interesting (I hope) anecdotes, and portraits of the people and customs that color my everyday life here.

The briefest of bios: I'm Peter Rivard. I'm from a small town north of Boston, went to St. John's Prep in Danvers, then the U. of Chicago. From July 2000 to July 2003, I was a junior high school Assistant Language Teacher in Takefu City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, as part of the JET Program. Until July 2007, I was an Elementary School ALT in Fukui City. Currently, I'm an ALT with the Numata City BoE in the mountains of northern Gunma, teaching both elementary and jr. high school. As you can guess, I love it!

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