Posts tagged JET Program
Dear Kerstin,

When I first arrived in Japan this time last year, I was incredibly apprehensive. About the situation, yes, but about the people even more. I already understood that Japan seems to attract both the best and the worst people, and although we had chatted a bit on Facebook and you seemed mostly normal, I wasn't really sure what to expect when I actually got here. And while I was hopeful that maybe my new neighbor would be someone who could show me around and maybe even be a friend, never in a million years could I have imagined forming the kind of friendship that we did - and so quickly too!

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Year One on JET: A Summary

Today, August 3, marks one year since first arriving in Hyogo to start work on the JET Program. And while I won't say it's crazy how much I've done in that time (because really, a year is quite a bit of time), or that it's been life changing, I will say that it has been so much more than I ever could have imagined. I'll probably do a long, sappy post about my JET experience at the end of my second (and final) year, but for now, since I'm still in the midst of it and not feeling particularly nostalgic yet, here's a list.

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Welcome to Tajima!

I've talked a bit about the JET Program and living in the countryside, but I haven't really touched on my particular area yet! Tajima is the northernmost region of Hyogo Prefecture. It's on the coast of the Sea of Japan, but rather than being primarily coastal, it's really quite mountainous.

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Summer Vacation, Two Ways

When I arrived at my desk at school this morning,  I was greeted by a stack of papers detailing several of next week's events leading up to the end of term and the start of summer vacation. And while I'm not assigned to this school next week (and won't be in the country either way), it still got me thinking about this quintessential childhood experience and how it's actually very different here in Japan than what I'm familiar with. 

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