Sierra Nicole Rhoden (Oita)
This July, my teaching contract ends and my husband and I will leave Japan. Faced with only a few months left in a country we adore, an overwhelming array of last minute must-sees taunt and drift past us like cherry blossoms falling from the trees. Recently, however, as the ultimate culmination of our time in Japan, we checked off one of the most important places on our to-go list. We finally stayed at Jzauruss, a love hotel in Beppu that is lovingly crafted after Jurassic Park, everyone’s favorite dinosaur adventure movie.
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Gareth Naylor (Oita)
I came to Japan because I wanted adventure. My head was filled with images of traveling to a foreign land and experiencing a completely different culture. Some of these images were very naive. I thought, for instance, that I would be living in a traditional Japanese house in the middle of a rice field. The imagination can be so dangerous. In reality, I lived in a 3 storey apartment in a small city called Oita — it’s on the island of Kyushu.
It was in Japan, though, that another journey began — painting. Continue reading “An Artist’s Adventure”
What have I come here to do with the rest of my life?
Lindsay Mack (Oita)
For many JETs or foreigners living in Japan, they might wonder, “what have I come here to do with the rest of my life?” For me, it wasn’t until I came back to Japan, two years after completing the JET Programme, that I got that calling and decided to pursue a profession in teaching English at the University level. However, many JETs decide while they are on the JET Programme to stay in Japan, or some just never end up leaving. There are no official numbers on the JET website about how many JETs stay in Japan, but from my own Oita JET cohort in 2002, around 10-20% stayed in Japan. Of course, love affects this decision, myself included as I married a Japanese man I met while I was an ALT in Oita City. Continue reading “A career in teaching English”
An interview with the AJET Block 10 & 11 organizers
What, when, where?
Christine: On March 24th, JETs from across Kyushu gathered together in Kumamoto Castle’s Ninomaru Park to enjoy the 2018 All-Kyushu Hanami. With over 60 participants from as far away as Nagasaki and Miyazaki, this was an awesome opportunity to meet our fellow program participants and create memories under the cherry blossom trees.
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Lauren Handlon (Hokkaido)
On February 10th, 2018, 140 current JETs from all around the country, as well as a few worldwide alumni, gathered in the snowy capital of Hokkaido for an enkai following one of the most famous winter festivals in the world, the Sapporo Snow Festival.
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21 years of bringing the community together for song and dance
By Samantha Haley (Niigata)
The Niigata Charity Musical has a long history of connecting the diverse cultures and foreigners living in Japan to their local community through song and dance.
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Block 2 hits the slopes for the Zao Onsen Ski Weekend
Zao Onsen, located in Yamagata City in the northeastern region of Tohoku, is one of Japan’s most famous tourist destinations. Zao Onsen is not only famous for its many hot springs, but also its ski slopes and snow monsters.
Continue reading “Snow Monsters, Oh My!”
About forty minutes away from Tottori City lies the old castle town of Shikano. Shikano is a picturesque place—old Japanese houses line the streets, and in the middle of a wide moat populated by koi and swans, the local middle school does its best impression of an ancient castle.
Continue reading “Shikano Shakuhachi Pilgrimage”
Aquarium art, Indian food, and Coffee!
Vincent Bickhart (Tokyo)
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