On February 14th in Japan, all of the pressure falls on the girls to give chocolates to the boys. Except the girls don't just buy a box of Russell Stover chocolates for their Valentines. Many of them go all out and make HOMEMADE chocolates. The adorable little chocolate to the right was a gift from… Continue reading Homemade Chocolates
"The time has come," the walrus said, "To talk of many things:of shoes--and ships--and sealing wax--" of the JET Interview--and how to prepare. I want to share my JET interview experience, and all the anxiety I had the weeks leading up to it. My hope is that this will ease the minds of some applicants who… Continue reading The JET Interview-My Experience and How to Prepare
So it's Thanksgiving day. It's weird to be without my family on one of my favorite holidays, but even weirder that while it's Thanksgiving here, it's still not Thanksgiving back home because of the 14-hour time distance that separates us. Naturally, I've felt pretty homesick this week. I'm sad I won't be in Rhode Island… Continue reading Have You Heard of Thanksgiving?
November third was Culture Day in Japan. A day to celebrate culture (obviously) through dance, song, and parades. Kagoshima had a big festival in the city and everyone was in some kind of uniform singing, dancing, taiko-drumming, and celebrating in the streets. Geographically, Amami is a part of Kagoshima prefecture, but realistically, we are 230… Continue reading Culture Day in Japan
Are the 2016-2017 JET Program USA applications really due in less than a month already?! That snuck up quickly. It's hard to believe that this time last year I was pouring every ounce of myself into that application, agonizing over my statement of purpose. All the stress and anxiety was worth it though, because I made it!… Continue reading JET Program Application: My One Piece of Advice
I had planned to write a nice long post about my teaching experiences, but I'm putting that on hold so I can talk about my quirky apartment situation in Japan. My fourth-floor apartment has a lot of...charm. The utilities are quite old, so my washing machine, shower, and AC all require tricks for them to work… Continue reading My Quirky, Island Apartment
September is my favorite time of year because that means back to school and that fall is almost here and it is pumpkin season! Except Amami has no autumn. Or pumpkins. But there is school! This week is my first week ALT-ing at my senior high school. And as of tomorrow, I will have been… Continue reading Back to School
When I tell someone I'm moving to Japan in August, one of the first questions I'm asked is if I speak any Japanese. And I always respond with "noooope." I'm trying to teach myself some phrases and how to recognize katakana and hiragana but it's a little overwhelming honestly. This feels surreal. I still can't imagine myself… Continue reading Why I’m Moving to Japan When I Don’t Speak Japanese
Well, I guess I could have waited one more day before publishing my last blog post about the JET Program. I just found out today that my new home come August will be... Kagoshima Prefecture! I will be located on Kyushu-- the most southwestern of the four main islands in Japan-- and in Kagoshima Prefecture, I'll… Continue reading That’s Where We Want to Go…Way Down in Kagoshima?
Just like Alice, I've fallen blindly down a rabbit hole. The rabbit hole she tumbled down led her to Wonderland, but my rabbit hole will lead me to Japan. Alice and The White Rabbit; John Tennial If you don't know already, I've accepted a position with the JET Program (Japan Exchange & Teaching Program). I'm… Continue reading Following the White Rabbit into the Unknown (AKA Japan)