A Complete Overhaul

Hello 2018

My dear readers, Due to various circumstances, I have made the conscious decision to consolidate my JET/Interac and travel blogs into one new blog. Consequently, this means that my former blog, Hello Nihon, will be no more. I am in the process of moving my posts and content over from the other platforms here.

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Finding Housing in Japan Using Mini Mini

When I first came to Japan with Interac, they took care of everything for me in terms of housing. They knew my schools (and therefore the general location), so I simply had to tell them what size apartment I wanted and they took care of the searching for me. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to specify the price, but they found a 1LDK for 63,000 a month, which was fine by […]

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Why I Switched Interac Branches (Kansai to Kanto)

If you creep back to the very first posts of this particular iteration of Hello Nihon (not the wordpress version), you’ll see that I really tried to highlight all that Kansai has to offer. I loved it there, honestly. The people were great, the food was amazing, and Osaka was a perfect sized city. A year ago, if it were up to me, there’s no way that I would want […]

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JET vs. Interac: Why I Chose Interac

This blog originally started as a JET blog because that’s the program I was planning to go with. However, due to quite a few reasons, I decided to go with Interac instead. (I had applied to both at the same time.) Even now, I still get a lot of JET or Interac questions. So I decided I’d cover the most common one: Why on earth did I choose Interac over […]

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My Last Day(s)

I feel like the resentment towards one of my schools was pretty apparent in my blog posts recently. If I got away undetected, I’m glad because I really tried to remain neutral. Anyway, after a (very long) year there, I finally had my last lesson and finally my last day came. I’m never good with goodbyes. My high school and college graduations? I was a gonner. Leaving a part time […]

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Why I’m Moving Schools

This post is probably going to be the most personal experience I’ve written about so far. I wanted to do it because it’s important to show you all that living in Japan isn’t great all the time… There are times when it can be hard and you’ll run into problems. Honestly, there are a few experiences like this that I’ve made a note of to write about eventually, so maybe […]

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Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! I know I’m about 2 weeks too late, but I felt it would be bad luck not to post some sort of New Year’s greeting. (Especially being in Japan, where it has a huge cultural significance!) My resolutions include updating more often–I have a bunch of posts in queue that just need pictures added to them. Unfortunately, my Lightroom program isn’t working properly and I can’t figure out […]

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My JET Program Personal Statement Essay (2014)

As you may or may not know, this is the blog of an English teacher in Japan. I’m not with the JET Program, but with Interac instead. To give this post more credibility, I was accepted by JET in both 2014 and 2015, but chose to go with Interac. (The blog post #1 on my to-do list is one that will explain my reasoning for doing so… I’ll post it eventually, I […]

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My Japan Bucket List

I think it’s so important for everyone to have a bucket list of some kind. For me, it really inspires me and keeps me focused on my life outside of work. Sometimes, I get so caught up in what I do that I forget to have fun. I try to always do something every weekend, whether it’s just exploring more of the city I live in, or the station I […]

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Life Update – Again

Hi everyone, I honestly wish I were more consistent with blogging so the posts I make don’t all have to be “life update” posts… But here we are again. I haven’t covered it in my vlogs yet (which I have also been very inconsistent about), but I got transferred from Interac Kansai to Interac South Kanto. Which means I’m now living in Yokohama. It’s been great so far (and the […]

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