Life and Mental Update

I was going to start this post off with something more positive but the truth of it is, I don’t feel positive now. The weather right now is on-and-off pouring and the sky is a depressing shade of grey- appropriate I suppose, for my general attitude of life at the moment. In fact, after such a great weekend road tripping across a part of Japan, feeling so many wonderful feelings of freedom, independence, and accomplishment at getting us to and fro safely… it now pretty much feels as if it all crumbled away into this damp and bleak nothingness that … Continue reading Life and Mental Update

Our Trip to Seoul!

This year I had 10 days off for Golden Week!! Golden Week usually takes place during the end of April and early May. The week long holiday consists of several national holidays such as Showa Day, Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day. This time of the year also becomes busy for all kinds of travelers and businesses- in other words, travel season. In the past years I’ve had maybe at most a 6-day Golden Week vacation (automatically off, no vacation time needed) but this year because of the new Emperor’s ascension to the throne, 10 days were given for … Continue reading Our Trip to Seoul!

13 Things My Dad Would Have Loved About Japan

October 24th marks the day when my Dad passed away. To this day, he’s been gone for 4 years. I miss him immensely every day. He was my biggest supporter with me coming to Japan, and to live here and not be able to show him how my life has been hurts. I wish he was here to experience Japan for himself because I know there would have been many things he would like. Here’s a list of things he would have loved about Japan: Continue reading “13 Things My Dad Would Have Loved About Japan”

10 Things from July

Ermergerd. I have officially started my third year as an ALT.

In some ways, it doesn’t even feel like that amount of time has already passed. By day, the hours seem to drag on (especially around this time of the year when classes aren’t in session) but overall, two years have passed since Trevor and I have left Minnesota.

I was looking through some of my older blog posts, in particular the one about our New Years in Hongu. I had written some goals that I hoped to achieve and looking back… well, let’s just say the whole goal thing fizzled miserably 😦 But I don’t want to wait again until January to “start again”- it would just feel like an endless cycle. I admit I’ve been slacking on exercising but have just recently started again, forcing myself to wake up early to go out on my morning jog when I can. I also haven’t been doing my “two blog posts a month” that I had originally intended on doing, but (hopefully) that’s going to change with this post.

There’s been tons of things (though mostly small) that Trevor and I have been up to that I’ve been neglecting to let my family and friends know. So from here on, I would like to introduce a sort of Monthly Update, beginning with this post. Just a short highlight, ten things we’ve been up to (big or small) in that month.

So without further ado… 10 things from July!  Continue reading “10 Things from July”

Long time, no update?!

Hisashiburi! That pretty much means “long time no see.” I’ve been hearing a lot of that lately from my students and teachers alike. That’s because earlier this week, Trevor and I arrived back to the village after being away for a month to be in the States- specifically, our hometown in Minnesota. Suffice to say, that trip back home was amazing. It felt so great to be back home after almost two years in mountain land. There’s been quite a bit going on after my last post which was… back in early March? Dang. Slackin’ much. But for the time … Continue reading Long time, no update?!

2017 Totsukawa Ekiden!

It’s the start of the new school semester!!

It felt like my winter break was too short… After I came back to work, I immediately felt the stresses of some upcoming events: the 63rd annual Totsukawa Ekiden, and a 10-minute speech that I was to prepare and present in Japanese in front of the entire school. I spent my entire first day back dedicating myself to typing up my speech in English and then translating the best I could to Japanese before passing it off to a very good friend who edited my crummy translations into a speech worthy of presenting. (Thank you so much again Eri!!) I then spent the rest of the week waiting for the inevitable… the Totsukawa Ekiden. Continue reading “2017 Totsukawa Ekiden!”

Japan Bucket List!

Having lived in Japan for over a year now, there are a lot of things that Trevor and I have done, and a lot of things that we haven’t experienced yet that we would like to hopefully achieve one day. Since the New Year is coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to have this list up on the blog so that we can look back on it in the future. I’m sure there are plenty of things we want to try and do, but for now, here is the list! (Updated: Oct. 11, 2019) Continue reading “Japan Bucket List!”

JET Program 20 Questions

It’s already October! Halloween will be here shortly. Then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years… Time seems to go by quicker and quicker with each year…

Since the school year has started, classes have kept me busy! Not that I’m complaining- I love spending time with the students and seeing them learn new things and enjoying the games we play.

This week however is midterms for the high school kids. So with the free time I had today, I figured I would do a quick blog post. I saw this around on other blogs and figured since I’ve been here for more than a year now, I can fill this out and have it up on the blog for any readers out there curious about the JET Program (since it also looks like  the application window for JET has opened once again). Continue reading “JET Program 20 Questions”