Links to some writings

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I have dreamed of becoming a travel writer. Kind of since I first laid eyes on Lonely Planet. I haven’t always done a good job of following up on goals to become a travel writer. But here are links to some of my writings:

JETwit:

JETwit is a site geared toward alumni of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program, which I was a member of from 2008-10. I have written several articles for the site.

Stuck in the Mud – A JET Alum’s Job Search: An article I wrote about my frustrations in the job hunt.

In Kyoto, a New Year’s Day Disaster: Somehow, I managed to get lost at Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

– Heart of a Samurai: The first book review I did for JETwit.

– Samurai Awakening: It wasn’t the most enjoyable book I’ve read for JETwit, but it is great to see a fellow JET alum getting published.

J-Boys, Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965: My favorite book review for JETwit.

Yoko One: Collector of Skies: This review was published just before her 80th birthday and I learned a lot about her from the book.

Amorous Woman: Definitely, the most interesting book I have read for the book. Interesting… because, it was very erotic.

Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible: This book involved both France and Japan, so I enjoyed that sense of it.

The Way of Taiko: Justin Tedaldi (the editor of JETwit) told me this was the best review I’ve ever done for the site. I love reading this book because I learned a lot about 太鼓 – a form of Japanese drumming I participated in Yamagata Prefecture.

Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail: I can’t honestly say I enjoyed doing this review of a collections of short stories – largely because I was pressed for time.

Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan: An easy read, I reviewed this journal kept by a teenager of her summer travels through Japan. Although geared towards teenagers, it had its enjoyable moments.

Kyodo News “Rural JET alum” series: I composed an article about my JET Program experience for the Kyodo News, a Japanese news agency, and it was published in several Japanese newspapers. Here for the Japanese translation:  http://www.47news.jp/localnews/chiikisaisei/41/chiho_net/.

Hopscotch the Globe:

A woman named Kristen Sarah was soliciting articles for her travel blog, Hopscotch the Globe, so I figured it would be fun to list my top five sporting accomplishments in Japan: http://hopscotchtheglobe.com/top-5-athletic-accomplishments-in-japan/

JapanTravel:

For quite awhile, I contributed articles to Japan’s largest English-language travel site, for which I mainly wrote about events and places in Yamagata Prefecture: Here’s my profile for site: http://en.japantravel.jp/author/rashaad.jorden/profile, where you can find stories I’ve written for the site.

TeachingTraveling:

A Boston woman named Lille Marshall profiled me on her website TeachingTraveling, where she features those who have traveled to teach or have taught to travel. Click here for the story: http://www.teachingtraveling.com/2012/07/25/ways-to-teach-abroad-in-japan-and-france-schools/?goback=%2Egde_4145299_member_138798698

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