What’s a Kansai

  Image courtesy of Flickr user Fernanda Bento Sad to say, but when I tell my friends and family that I live in Kansai, they have no idea what I’m talking about. “Is that Tokyo?” they’ll mostly ask, their knowledge of Japan limited to it’s capitol and nothing more. So I thought I’d make it easy and explain… What is Kansai, exactly?

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My Road to Japan + Video!

I’m trying to catch up on my pre-work escapades, so these posts are going to be a bit behind where I actually am. I’m hoping that that problem will be fixed soon enough, though! So, anyway, I thought I’d cover my trip from America to Japan!   So, I applied when I was living in Virginia, so I interviewed in Washington, DC. But I didn’t fly out of DC. Because […]

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Interac Placement Details

I started off this blog strong, but I’m already getting lazy! (Same goes for my vlogging attempts!) I figured I should write something today, the last day of July, because if I had continued with JET, I’d be leaving for Japan tomorrow. (Group B FTW) But because I’m doing Interac now, I have 13 more days until I leave. Wait, that’s less than two weeks… Where did the time go?!

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Things Are Finally Coming Together

If you had asked me a week ago about how I felt about my move to Japan, I probably wouldn’t have responded. I have been so stressed out lately about everything… Cleaning and moving out of my apartment, driving cross country with my cat, saving enough money for a plane ticket and start-up costs in Japan, WHEN I would even be going to Japan, etc. I was about ready to […]

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I Did It :(

“I did it” can be taken so many different ways, which is why I felt compelled to add that little frowny face up there… My “I did it” is not a happy one. Rather, it was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in a while. As of this morning, I am no longer a candidate for the JET Program. I officially submitted my withdrawal and will […]

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JET Placement Details

JET Placement

JET has been on point this year. I don’t know why people like to rag on JET in particular about long wait times, etc. when they’ve been great so far! People online like to talk about how fast the Interac turnaround is, but that’s about it… the rest of the experience has been pretty mediocre so far. Sure, you find out if you’ve been accepted to interview/hired faster, but there’s […]

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Exchange Rates!

I have been so pumped lately because of the exchange rate. Thank you, Abenomics, for weakening the yen. As of current, the average rate is 120 yen to the dollar. That’s a whopping 20% more (on average). When I went to Japan for study abroad, the exchange rate was about 80 yen to the dollar. That was painful… 🙁

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Yakkan Shoumei, or How to Import Medications

Thinking of bringing medication with you to Japan? I know I most definitely am… I had pretty bad acne and have to take medication every once in a while to deal with occasional flareups. I also am planning on bringing a year’s supply of birth control with me when I come. And I already have a bunch of ibuprofen/miscellaneous over the counter meds that I’ve gathered in preparation for the […]

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Passing the Time

I’ve been finding that, lately, I feel like I’m living in a state of limbo. I have a life right now and I have responsibilities, but after I got the job offer for Japan, none of that seemed important anymore. August seems so far away, but if you really think about it, it’s no time at all. I have so much to do and prepare before leaving but I can’t […]

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And You Thought They Were Done…

After slaying the beast that was the JET application, I thought the bulk of the information-gathering was done. But then I realized this was the Japanese government I was talking about… For a job in a country that thrives on bureaucracy. The paperwork was only getting started.

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