JET: Japanniversary

It’s my Japanniversary! So the 3rd August marked my first year of living in Japan, and thus the longest I’ve ever been out of the UK! As I stride into my second (and final?) year in Japan, at least as a JET, I’ve compiled just a few things I’ve learnt and discovered this year –… Continue reading JET: Japanniversary

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 pranks and tricks, in Japan it also marks the… Continue reading Change Places: The chaos of April in Japan

3// Tokyo Orientation : Don’t punch inflatable snowmen

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 and listening. Taking Classes It was at this point I began developing my ‘Manga… Continue reading 3// Tokyo Orientation : Don’t punch inflatable snowmen

2// Tokyo Orientation: “Do you want to build a Snowman?”

Waking up to, “I don`t know what time you were planning on waking up, but it`s 0822”  was not the most promising start to my first full day in Japan. A day of talks In a flurry of minutes I was sorted and booted and had tackled at least some of the inevitable dehydration of sleeping… Continue reading 2// Tokyo Orientation: “Do you want to build a Snowman?”

JET: Pre-Departure Orientation

Where it all began - the Japanese Embassy in London

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 Orientation was first time the UK JETs could finally get to meet each other and truly… Continue reading JET: Pre-Departure Orientation