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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5 Options for a Phone Plan in Japan

If you’e just moved to Japan (or if you’re responsible and like to plan ahead), one of your top priorities should be getting a working phone. The data options are indispensable, especially if you want to go exploring in your first few weeks and don’t want to get hopelessly lost, ending up at a convenience store trying to score some free WiFi. And you need a phone number for a […]

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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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My 5 Biggest Complaints With Being an ALT

So you want to be an English teacher in Japan… Good for you! It’s definitely a rewarding job (though I wouldn’t say it’s a career) and it’s a great experience. No matter how much I complain about it, I know I’m going to look back on these days fondly. However, it’s not all rainbows and cupcakes and sparkles. There are definitely a lot of things that are fundamentally wrong with the […]

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3 Day Korea Itinerary

If you live in Japan (especially if you live in the Kansai area), you need to know about Peach Airlines. Their operations are based in Osaka, so flights from KIX are super cheap! Their flights from Tokyo are cheap too, but since they’re based in Osaka, it’s even cheaper to fly out from there… Anyway, I managed to snag a 8,000 yen round trip flight from Kansai International Airport to Seoul […]

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All You Can Eat KFC Buffet

A world without KFC is a world not worth living in. Maybe. The first KFC was debuted at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan in 1970. Since then, it’s been integrated into Japan (with some menu changes). KFC is delicious, and you may be thinking what could be better than a bucket of chicken? …How about as much KFC as you want?    Yes, you read right. All you can […]

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Tokyo’s First Virtual Reality Arcade

If this is your first time hearing about Tokyo’s latest virtual reality gaming attraction VR Zone – Project i Can, buckle up because it’s a crazy cool ride. I first heard about the exhibit online, and as soon as I read about it, I was sold. I needed to go! Now, mind you, I’ve never had an interest in virtual reality before. I didn’t understand the hype. Yeah, it sounded […]

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JET Program Timeline (2013 and 2014)

Hello everyone! I figured that, since I put my Interac timeline up, I may as well do the same with my JET Program timeline. I hope someone finds this helpful! (Please, please let me know if you do in the comments! It’ll give me some motivation to continue writing and providing soon-to-be-ALTs with any information I can.) So, a little bit of background if you don’t already know my story: I […]

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Interac Timeline (2015-2016)

Chances are, you’ve stumbled onto my blog doing a quick Google search for something Interac-related to read so you don’t go crazy waiting for updates from Interac. I understand completely. It’s a long and tedious wait… And I’ve been through it too, so I can sympathize.   I’ve included my entire Interac timeline, from my application to my first day of training. I departed as part of the Autumn 2015 […]

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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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