So you're moving to Japan! You've been hired, you've read, signed and mailed every bit of paperwork and by now you might also have even Googled every bit of information about your new home the internet possesses reaching back into its darkest corners. But what now? You still have a few months to while … Continue reading 6 Things to Do Before Moving to Japan
So you've finally made it! You've saved and worked and sweat and worked some more, done all the research, and you're there. Your dream-turned-goal has been realized! Congratulations! But what happens next? This has been plaguing me in those quiet moments before you fall asleep and those stolen minutes you take a step back to … Continue reading 100 Life Goals- Why You Need Goals in Your Life
Every year in Kasama City, Jr. High students from all over Ibaraki come together with their teachers and their ALT's to present their own unique 5-minute speech. This year 78 students participated, split into 2 groups. Yeah, that means before lunch we sat through 39 five-minute speeches! This doesn't include those given in the opening ceremony … Continue reading How to Teach a Speech- Going to the Ibaraki Prefecture English Speech Competition!
Located in Mito City in Ibaraki Prefecture, Kairakuen (偕楽園) has been designated as one of the three most beautiful parks in Japan. And lucky me, I only live about 40 minutes drive south! In general, Kairakuen is a pretty park, but I’ve seen much more breathtaking places in my Japan Journies. I do like to … Continue reading Kairaku-en, Ume Matsuri and the Return of the Volunteer Tour Guides!
Summer break is over, the homework is turned in and 2nd term has started. You know what this means? You got it! Sports Day! The late summer air filled with students cheering and laughing, teachers screaming encouragement (because no one here is competitive at all, no, absolutely not!) and parents scrambling to get the best … Continue reading School Life in Japan: Sports Day!
I’ve now been living in Japan for a year and a half and I have yet to write anything about learning Japanese! Shameful! The truth is, my Japanese ability is pretty embarrassing. When I thought I was leaving last March I stopped studying over the winter, thinking it wouldn’t matter, and ever since it’s been … Continue reading Taking the JLPT in Japan- How I’m Learning Japanese!
Being one of two Westerners in a rural Japanese town leads to some staring. They still stare into my shopping basket and they still watch me walk into the bank. I thought I was used to it. I thought China couldn't possibly stare any more than i was already accustomed to. ... Silly Kendra! I … Continue reading Stories From China: May I Take Your Picture?!
Here we go! The year is moving fast and it's time for a new survival guide! Hope it helps and let me know if you have any more questions! Fall Ah, the fall. My #1 most favorite season, especially in Japan! Summers humidity is gone, it’s not too cold yet and the colours! My gosh … Continue reading A SoCal Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Seasons- Part 2: Fall and Winter!
It's happened. You're in Japan. You finished all the training. You have all your materials and your Survival Kit is ready for anything. You're ready to teach up a storm! Ready, Set…. Sit in the Teachers Room. Not every day as an ALT is terribly exciting. In fact, I’d go so far as to say … Continue reading Bored in Japan: What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Teachers Room
It's that time of year again! Typhoon season! We've already had one come through the area and I recently found this post I had written back in October 2014 and forgotten about! Woops! So without further ado, the new and improved Typhoons in Japan! We’re nearing the end of the official typhoon season here in … Continue reading Surviving Typhoons in Japan!