As a final major piece of advice for incoming JETs, I want to harp on something that is undoubtedly something you’ve likely heard before, but I think it’s worth reiterating: Use Your Resources. There are numerous resources- specifically people- available to you, which is helpful to remind yourself on the days that you inevitably hit the … [Read more…]
As you may have seen, one of my goals from my “Thirty Before Thirty” list is to take a photo a day for a year. And quite obviously I’m pretty much up against the clock on this one.
When I was deciding whether to accept my placement on the JET Programme, these words repeated in my head over and over again: “If not now, when?” It was that question that made it obvious that I was going to accept. It is that question that continued to play in my head when new opportunities … [Read more…]
As I wind down on my time here in Japan, I wanted to take the opportunity to not only reflect on my experiences, but also offer some advice to any incoming/ new JETs. While this is framed specifically for participants of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, some of the information could apply to any … [Read more…]
Since around December I’ve been learning traditional forms of the Japanese tea ceremony (sado). It’s a very intricate process; every motion is perfectly choreographed, every item has its place and order of use, every utensil used is held, folded, stirred in a specific fashion. So, needless to say, this is another area of my Japanese … [Read more…]
On March 18, my visiting friend Scott and I woke up early in the morning on a mini trip in Osaka, and walked the 20 minutes to the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, stood in a long line in what was still the tail end of the winter’s morning cold, and kept our (mostly mine probably) fingers … [Read more…]
I noticed this post sitting in my draft box, finished but for whatever reason never published. So here’s a throw back to November, and one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as an ALT- Speech Contest!
Lots of long overdue updates to come but with the MLB’s opening day today I thought this was a good place to start. On March 27th I was able to go, along with my family, to my first baseball game in Japan. As a big San Francisco Giants fan, I was even more excited to … [Read more…]
As I make my final preparations for my trip home for the holidays and look at wrapping up my nearly 5 month mark here in Japan I’m happy to say that I’m leaving on such a high note. Over the past few months it’s been easy to get caught up in the everyday grind, and … [Read more…]
It’s ironic how much discussion there currently is about the travesty of the Japanese Internment given Donald Trump’s recent statements that I would find myself an ocean away trying to delicately explain to a young Japanese boy about my grandfather’s experiences growing up Japanese during that time in America. This young man is interested in WWII, … [Read more…]