I spent eight months in Japan, from mid-December 2014 until early August 2015, working as an ESL teacher for a small private school in Seki city, Gifu Prefecture. My job allowed a fair work/leisure balance where I'd go out with my camera and learn as much as possible, occasionally traveling during national holidays. Throughout this time, I've met several people and made new friends. Despite being far from home, I've found several commonalities between Japanese and Italian folklore and proud food traditions: I felt at ease and surprisingly more integrated into Japanese society than in my previous American experience. These snapshots are a concise summary of such experience.