On January 19th I finally received the telephone call that would tell me where I will be working in Japan. I will be living & working in the city of Matsue in Shimane prefecture. (Google Map here) I most likely won’t be in the main part of the city, but hopefully I won’t be too far. It would take about 3 1/2 hours to drive to Kobe and about 4 hours by train. (To Tokyo: 7 1/2 hours by train, 9 hours by car and 1 hour 15 minutes by plane.) Considering it’s going to take about 1 day for me to travel from the US to Japan, that’s not too bad.
I will be leaving the US on March 23rd and arriving in Japan on March 24th. Then I will meet an Interac representative on the 25th in Okayama. After that, I think there are 4-5 days of training there. Then it’s off to my new apartment in Matsue. I don’t know about my apartment yet, but I will have a place by myself. I am really looking forward to living by myself. It’s been a long time since I haven’t shared space with another person.
Another interesting part is that I will have a car while I’m living in Matsue. I guess I will be living far enough from the schools where I will be working that I won’t be able to rely on public transportation to get to work. Or I’m just that far from city center. I think it will definitely be a learning experience.
I received my International Driver’s License yesterday and I sent off my Visa application. I still need to pack and get rid of a few more odds & ends in my apartment. But I don’t really have too much longer before I’ll be headed to Japan. I’m really excited, nervous and scared. I know things will be fine, but it’s going to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster for a while.
I may try to post one more update before I leave, but don’t hold your breath. ^_^
For anyone that doesn’t follow me on Facebook, I figured I should post about my big news here. ^_^
I am officially returning to Japan in Spring 2015! \^_^/
I had applied for a position with the JET Program, but I unfortunately did not pass the interview stage. I didn’t give up though. The next application I submitted was to Interac. The company does essentially the same function as JET (as far as I can tell), but it’s not managed by the Japanese government; they are a private American company. I haven’t received my placement yet, nor do I know exactly what date I will be leaving, but I’m not even concerned about it. I’m so excited to be able to go back to Japan.
I’m also kinda terrified. Teaching? They hired me knowing that I have no experience teaching. I guess I did well enough on my demo lesson, that they think I will be able to handle the job. I just have to keep up my motivation and do my best. 頑張るよ！
I know that I didn’t keep up with my blog while I was in Japan before, but maybe I can do it this time. If I have a planned update schedule, like every 2 weeks? At least once a month? I will try to keep it updated. It’s the easiest way for me to keep my friends and family updated on what’s going on.
Until I actually leave for Japan, I probably won’t update until the time of departure gets closer. I mean, my life here is going to be pretty boring. Just working at The Pitt Shop and 7-Eleven, and saving money so I can afford my apartment upon arrival in Japan.
So thank you all for sticking with me. I hope to provide some entertainment or at least slightly interesting things. ^_^
I thought it might be interesting to see where one’s stuff might go when you don’t really have any other options and you’ll be out of the country for most of a year. This is what my storage unit looks like. Everything that I’m not taking to Japan is crammed into a 5′ x 8′ space, Tetris style.
This is also a test post to see how well posting via email works. 🙂
I will be leaving for my study abroad trip on Sept 3rd. I’m finally going back to Japan after 8 years. The first time was only a 1 week guided tour, but I absolutely loved it and I didn’t want to leave when the week was over. So in less than a month I will begin my adventure of participating in the Year-in-Japan program at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. I am really excited (and nervous), but it doesn’t feel real yet. Probably when I’m finally on the plane it will feel different. I’m sure I’ll be a bundle of nerves and excitement the closer the 3rd gets.
I will be living with a Host Family, or more precisely, a Host Mother. M-san has 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter, but they’re all older and they live elsewhere. I’m very, very nervous about living with only M-san. She doesn’t speak or read English so that means I’m going to have to get good at speaking Japanese very quickly. I just hope that I don’t do something insanely stupid and offend her. ^^”
I’ve also been writing to 2 girls that are students at Konan University. They seem like very sweet people and I can’t wait to meet them. Ko-san was an exchange student in Australia so her English is really good. Ki-san works part-time in a crepe shop. :3 I’m really looking forward to trying the crepes from there.
There are so many things that I want to do while I’m in Japan. I just hope that I have the time and money to do all of them. I’m going to make the most of this trip and try to do everything that I possibly can. If I have to (aka if I’m able to), I plan on staying on after the program is over and do anything that I’ve missed. ^_^
I hope that this blog will be a useful way to let my friends and family keep up with me while I’m in Japan. I know I won’t have time to keep communication with everyone going so this will serve that purpose. I’ll also be able to post pictures so everyone can see what I’m up to. ^_^ I’m really not sure what else I should mention in this post. Please feel free to comment on my posts, I want to know what everyone thinks.
P.S. I really hope that M-san has a cat. >^_^< I’m going to miss my kitty.
(I’m not sure how people will feel about my mentioning their names on a public blog, so I’m going to use abbreviations for now.)