Life on JET, New England, Travel

A Message to Japan Becca

Hello from the other side of the world. How have you been? ひさしぶり! I took for granted how good I had it during "Office Days" when I was on JET. All the teachers were off administering tests to the students on giant pieces of paper, and my only role for the week was to mark a few… Continue reading A Message to Japan Becca

Life on JET

The JET Interview Reprise

It's a pivotal time in the JET world...Right around this time, ALTs and CIRs around Japan are signing off on a piece of paper whether they will stay one more year in their placement or go back home, and future JETs in their home countries are preparing for their interviews. This time two years ago… Continue reading The JET Interview Reprise

Life on JET

What I Realized After Leaving Japan

I really wanted to write about this on my blog sooner, but I needed a lot of time to process my million and one emotions. I've actually been starting and stopping this "Life After JET" post since September. I don't think I'll ever have it written exactly as I want it, but now that I've… Continue reading What I Realized After Leaving Japan

Life on JET, Teaching

My Japanese High School’s Bunkasai

I missed out on blogging about my high school`s insanely spectacular Sports Day last September,  so I don`t want to miss the chance to tell you about my high school`s bunaksai, or Culture Festival, that happened in June. After reading about bunkasais from other ALT blogs, I am getting the sense that events in the Japanese school… Continue reading My Japanese High School’s Bunkasai

JET Life, Teaching

It Will Always Be the Little Things

There is something special about the time one spends living abroad. Wherever you are in the world, you are bound to have experiences that are truly unique to you and your situation. I had one of those experiences last night. D and I decided to brave the downpour and go out to sing karaoke with… Continue reading It Will Always Be the Little Things

Life on JET

The JET Interview-My Experience and How to Prepare

"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

Island Life, Life on JET

Culture Day in Japan

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

Life on JET

JET Program Application: My One Piece of Advice

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