Category - JET Programme

Change Places: The chaos of April in Japan

As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but think of the scene in Alice in Wonderland wherein at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, all guests are required to get up and change places! It’s April 1st, and whilst on the one hand that means...

4// Mie Machi: My new home 三重町

This is how it starts… Today was going to be my arrival in my new home for the next year, in Mie, Oita Prefecture: I was so not ready! Tackling Tokyo Once again battling jetlag and lack of sleep after an incredible night in Tokyo, I headed...

How2: Buying Online in an Offline Culture.

In a culture where ATMs charge after 6pm, close at 8pm and restrict your withdraws to a limited number of machines, where credit and debit cards are non-existent, and online banking hasn’t even been translated into Katakana – how do...

3// Tokyo Orientation : Don’t punch...

As if in punishment for the previous night’s overindulgence in sleep, or perhaps due to jetlag, I awoke having only garnered a few hours sleep, with a full day of lectures on the four aspects of language learning: reading, writing, speaking...

JET: Pre-Departure Orientation

Commuting through London during rush hour to get to the JET Two Day Pre-departure Orientation (a mouthful in itself!) only confirmed further that moving to rural Japan was the right plan of action!  Meeting the UK JETs The Pre-departure...