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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Elementary School & Special Needs Graduation Ceremony

Some parting gifts… 🙁 At my last junior high school, my yearly schedule given to me by Interac was up about a week before the school year was over. This meant that I was gone around the time final exams were being taken (the scheduling was probably done this way to save the Board of Education a few bucks)… And I was gone long before graduation. So when I found […]

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Everything Elementary School – ALT Resources

Now that my time at elementary school is over, I figure that I’d create a link roundup to consolidate every post I’ve made about my time at elementary school! While elementary isn’t that much different from junior high in the realm of teaching in Japan, there are some fundamental differences.This list is still a work in progress because there are a lot of things that teaching elementary entails that I […]

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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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First Week with Interac: Junior High School

As I felt I made repetitively clear, I’ve switched schools now that my 2016-2017 school year contract is up. I’ve switched from elementary to junior high, and while I’ll make an in-depth comparison post eventually, for now I’m going to talk about my first week at my new junior high. This isn’t the first time I’ve been at a junior high. I actually started at one my first year of […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in March

Can you believe I finished my year? I’m still in shock. Despite some of the problems I’ve had, I’ve really enjoyed my time working here. Onto the last edition of my monthly school lunches for March. I think that, if you have the opportunity, you should opt into eating school lunches. Not only does it allow you to eat things you may not normally eat, but it also strengthens your […]

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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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