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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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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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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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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Phone Interview with Interac

You’ve made it to the phone interview? Congrats! They cut out the most applicants through the online screening so you should be very proud you made it this far… I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely hate talking on the phone. I have this weird phone anxiety that makes me feel 10000x blessed that you can order takeout online and skip the phone step altogether. (In person, I’m […]

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The Best Kind of Bad News

I thought I had made my decision regarding how I was getting to Japan… But then I checked my email last night and saw an email from JET… I had been short-listed. I thought I had (mentally) prepared myself for this decision. I made a bunch of pros and cons lists for both programs (I’ll probably make a post about this later, for those of you in a similar situation!) […]

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