About Me

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I’m an Aussie girl, originally from Sydney, but I recently spent 5 wonderful years living in Saga prefecture, Japan; working as an ALT (assistant language teacher) on the JET Programme. I have a long history and bond with Japan, and this incredible experience only served to enhance my love for the country and its people.

As I came to the end of my time on the Programme, I began to realise that although I have already seen a huge amount of the country through my various travels (especially compared to most Japanese people), there was still plenty I had not yet experienced. In particular, the middle and northern regions of Chubu and Tohoku are as yet unchartered territory for me.

Since I didn’t feel quite ready to return to my ‘normal life’ in Australia, and given the fact that once I do return and settle down with a family, the opportunity for an extended holiday will virtually disappear, I decided to use this time to embark on an epic road trip around Japan.

This blog is the story of my adventures and experiences.

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4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Nothing like your adventure, but 5 days around Yamagata and Kakunodate is about the limit for my upcoming (and 7th) trip to Japan. I will read your posts with interest over the next few weeks.

  2. Kristin

    Hi
    I am just applying to the JetProgramme (I am Canadian) and I was wondering if you could give me some tips/advice on my Essay? Can you share what you feel the program was looking for and things that I should/could highlight? I have no previous teaching experience and want to shine!
    Thanks
    Kristin

    • Hi Kristin,

      I think each country is a little bit different, but essentially I think they want you to demonstrate some connection or serious interest in Japan, beyond your basic ‘I like manga’ scenario. Aside from this, you need to show that you are open and adaptable to change, since moving to Japan can be a significant culture shock, especially if you don’t already have a lot of experience with the country and its culture, or other experience living in a new and different environment. Of course this all depends on your level of Japanese language ability and experience with the country already, but those would be my basic tips. If you google JET Programme application essay, I think you will find tons of other blogs and advice on the internet/Facebook.
      Good luck

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