Japan

First Day Teaching in Japan!-My Video Diary

First Day Teaching in Japan!-My Video Diary

Oh my gosh you guys! It’s been an absolute mad time, and not in a good way, for me personally lately but I found these three videos on my laptop that kind of helped. Two are videos from my first days working at my school […]

Hiking in Japan!

Hiking in Japan!

Spring is coming. I feel myself starting to maybe almost begin to sort of thaw out and now I’m anxiously awaiting the beginning of hiking season! I started hiking in college, I was in a really beautiful area full of super outdoorsy people and I […]

The Spirit of Omotenashi (お持て成し)

The Spirit of Omotenashi (お持て成し)

There are a million and one things I love about Japan; I could go on forever about the convenience stores and the food and the festivals and the food and the history and the food. Did I mention the food? But if you ask anyone, […]

My Japanese Apartment- 5 Ways to Make a House a Home

My Japanese Apartment- 5 Ways to Make a House a Home

My apartment in Japan changed quite a bit over time. As some of you know, when you don’t live in a Leopalace like most English teachers here do, your apartment comes very very empty. As in no stove, oven, lights, curtains, or appliances of any kind […]

2 Years in Japan- Looking Back (in Pictures!)

2 Years in Japan- Looking Back (in Pictures!)

Two years. That’s half of college. My entire Jr. High school career. An Associate’s Degree. The time it takes to earn a Master’s. It’s the time it takes for a tiny, innocent newborn to talk and walk their way into the “Terrible Two’s”. It’s the […]

Interac Pre-Training: Your First Lesson Prep

Interac Pre-Training: Your First Lesson Prep

UPDATE 03/18/16: So not all branches do the pre-lesson thing. You lucky ducks don’t have to worry about this! When Interac hires you, a few weeks before your departure date they email you a few assignments. Lucky you! I was given a series of videos […]

The Great East Japan Earthquake-5 Years Later

The Great East Japan Earthquake-5 Years Later

March 11, 2011 may not be a date that means anything to most of you. Maybe it’s a birthday or perhaps an anniversary. A day like any other. But for Japan, March 11th marks the day when families were suddenly torn apart, communities were destroyed, […]

6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Coming to Japan

6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Coming to Japan

Ever do something and realize your expectations were so completely different from the truth they weren’t even in the same orbit? Yeah, that was me moving to Japan. And while some of that can be attributed to the fact that it was also my first […]

The Top 8 Things I’ll Miss About Japan

The Top 8 Things I’ll Miss About Japan

Having lived in Japan for two years now, there are many things about the country and culture that I’ve grown very attached to and that have become a part of my everyday life. It’ll be strange having to revert to being an American in America! […]

Thoughts on Leaving Japan and How I Hate Change

Thoughts on Leaving Japan and How I Hate Change

This is the official EverywhereToBeFound announcement that I’ll be leaving Japan and moving back to California sometime in early April 2016. I’ve put up a moving checklist for people in the same boat and for people who are curious about what it takes to move […]