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 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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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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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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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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