As I was on my way to work today, I realized that today, July 8, marks the two-year anniversary since I left to teach English in Japan in 2011! My summer in Japan was irreplaceable. I learned so much about working in another country and adapting to a new culture. Japan pushed me past my limits and outside of my comfort zone; I am definitely … Continue reading Japan-iversary!
This time last year I was in Japan– teaching English, staying with host families, traveling, making new friends, and experiencing new things everyday. The fact that it’s been an entire YEAR is just completely surreal. I miss Japan so much, that I have decided to make a top ten list of things I miss most about this beautiful country. 1. My friends (and the Japanese … Continue reading Top 10 Things I miss about Japan
Day 1 I was so stoked to FINALLY arrive in Tokyo!! Awhile back our old neighbors from Waukesha said I could stay with them for six days, so I was so pumped to spend time with them and see Tokyo through their eyes! I arrived in Tokyo to find Mr. Silong and Keannan waiting for me at the station, where we drove back to their … Continue reading Tokyo, Japan
My stay in Kyoto was short but much-needed. I was excited to spend some time with friends in Tokyo, but after spending 7 straight weeks with the same 30 people, I REALLY needed a day or two to myself. After saying farewell to my host mom and sister, I boarded my train to Kyoto; it was about a 2.5 hour ride and it was really smooth, … Continue reading Kyoto, Japan
My second home stay was overall a fantastic experience. After coming back to Fukuoka by bus from Nagasaki, we all met in Hakata Station to regroup and disperse to our families. My host family this time consisted of a couple who were around the same age of my parents. They did not have any children, and my host father worked for JTB Kyushu and was … Continue reading Second Japanese Host Family Stay
Because Team 2 works more camps than we are supposed to according to our contracts, we are given a 10,000 Yen ($80) stipend to spend on a 3-day trip anywhere we wanted to go. Because I am already going to Tokyo at the end of the trip, I opted to go with a group to Nagasaki. It was a great decision! We had a great time and … Continue reading Nagasaki, Japan
Photo booths in the U.S. are nothing like the ones in Japan. They are so AWESOME here! My host sister Akane introduced me to the Japanese photo booths and it was so much fun! You get to take photos with multiple backgrounds, and then you get to draw, add accessories, add writing, customize the size and make them unique. I’m pretty sure we spent at … Continue reading Japanese Photo Booths