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Why I Keep Coming Back to Japan

With my previous post, Why I Don’t Want to Live in Japan Forever, reaching over 20,000 views, I wanted to talk a bit about why I keep coming back even though I’ve determined I don’t want to live here. I’ll be recapping and expanding on a few areas I already talked about in my 10 Little Happiness’ post, but will be focusing mainly on larger, overarching … Continue reading Why I Keep Coming Back to Japan

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How to Get a Chinese Travel Visa as a Foreigner Living in Japan

When I went to Aomori, Japan as a rural English teacher for the JET Program, one of my goals while living there was to explore neighboring South East Asian countries. After all, the flight’s a lot cheaper and shorter than it would be from the states, so who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? I wanted to go to South Korea, Thailand, and China. … Continue reading How to Get a Chinese Travel Visa as a Foreigner Living in Japan

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Why I Don’t Want to Live in Japan Forever

“When are you going to come back and live in Japan again?” “Aren’t you going to work here forever?” “There’s so many opportunities for you there with your background and language skills. I have no idea why you wouldn’t work and live there!” “Japan’s amazing! You should live there permanently!” This post is for me. This is for me to get out all the feelings … Continue reading Why I Don’t Want to Live in Japan Forever

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7 Prefectures in 11 Days – Kyushu

Last month, I took some time off around our conveniently placed public holiday to continue my travels of Japan. This time, I went with my friend and fellow ALT, Hunter, to the Southern island of Kyushu to escape the never-ending winter of Aomori and explore all 7 prefectures in 11 days. To most people, it sounds like a busy, whirlwind of a trip. But in … Continue reading 7 Prefectures in 11 Days – Kyushu

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Let Your Dreams Be Dreams – Yakushima

With the end of the Japanese school year and a conveniently placed public holiday, I recently decided to go on a whirlwind trip of Kyushu, Japan’s southern island. In about 11 days, my friend and I visited all 7 prefectures. This was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on with a well-balanced itinerary, a surprisingly relaxed pace, perfect weather, and scenery beautiful beyond … Continue reading Let Your Dreams Be Dreams – Yakushima

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Likes and Dislikes – Japanese vs Western Culture

It’s obvious to everyone whether you’ve been to Japan or not that East Asian culture, especially Japanese culture, is very different from Western cultures. From small differences like taking off your shoes before entering a house to large, overarching differences like being a collectivist society, Japanese culture is unlike most Westerners have ever experienced before. Throughout my writing, try to keep in mind that these … Continue reading Likes and Dislikes – Japanese vs Western Culture

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What You Need to Know About Japan Before Traveling

Transportation Trains and other public transportation are the major forms of transportation in Japan. In major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, there’s no need for you to call for a taxi or rent a car. The trains, subways, trams, and even buses are plentiful and easy to navigate. Most transportation related signs like train stops or highway exit signs have both Japanese and English … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Japan Before Traveling

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12 Prefectures in 19 Days

Let me preface this with I would not recommend doing this trip. Or at least, I would not recommend doing exactly what we did. I was overeager to travel Japan with my favorite person in the world and was over trusting of Japanese public transportation. That’s not to say we didn’t have a fantastic time, we did, but we didn’t get to do everything we … Continue reading 12 Prefectures in 19 Days

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known About JET

When applying for JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching), I had many misconceptions about the program and how life would be as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). I thought I would be placed in a single school, that I’d develop amazing relationships with my students, have fun with my students and other community members in clubs, and be so busy I wouldn’t have any time to … Continue reading 10 Things I Wish I’d Known About JET

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10 Small Things That Have Made Me Happy in Japan

With winter in full blast, I wanted to make a list of some small things that have made me happy during my stay in Japan so far. While big cultural and social differences like health insurance certainly affect me, the small things tend to touch me more on a daily basis. Therefore, I want to appreciate some of these and share them with you. 1. … Continue reading 10 Small Things That Have Made Me Happy in Japan

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Tips for Applying to JET

We’re coming up on the application submission time for the new 2019 ALT’s. As a current participant of JET, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the process and any tips I might have for the application. Therefore, I decided it would be helpful to compile these questions and share my answers with anyone and everyone interested in JET. I’m going to assume someone … Continue reading Tips for Applying to JET