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
After 10 straight days of work, Team 2 was ready for our party. We packed up our things, departed right after the campers and then rode for about 1.5 hours back to the Sunlife Hotel, the same hotel we stayed our first night in Japan (very bittersweet). I slept the entire bus ride; I was so tired. When we arrived I found out that I … Continue reading Team 2’s Final Farewell!
The last ten working days in Japan were such a blur. We had 3 camps in a row, with one day off between the 2nd and 3rd camps, which was consumed with train and bus travels, so all in all, we worked ten days straight. On August 11, we left our home base of Global Arena for good. From August 11-14, I was in Nagasaki. … Continue reading Last 3 USA Summer Camps!
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