Leaving Japan Checklist (Say It Isn’t So!)

  • Fill and and return ‘End of Contract’ and ‘Final Salary’ paperwork to Interac
  • Call to cancel internet and phone contracts
  • Ask Interac about canceling other utilities
  • Schedule Move Out check —> March 26, 2016
  • Schedule car return —> March 26,2016
  • Register move out at City Hall & return insurance card
  • Pay residence tax
  • Send back Interac materials
  • Sort stuff (sell/trash/ship/pack)
  • Write notes and leave materials for new ALT
  • Apply for short term visa because I’m not ready to leave yet
  • Buy plane ticket –> Depart April 9,2016
  • Clean out apartment and car
  • Actually pack
  • Withdraw all money, close bank account
  • Write a short ‘Thank You’ to JTE’s and schools
  • Write speech for closing ceremony and goodbye enkai (I just spoke those days off my head and from my heart, and cried, and they loved hearing me speak Japanese at all! <3)
  • Take pictures of all the papers/worksheets I want to study from, but don’t have room to keep.
  • Stock senbei, dorayaki, sauces, foods and my favorite Japanese cosmetics to bring back to U.S.
  • Buy the last round of gifts from Japan (Tokyo Starbucks mug and charms from shrines)
  • See everyone and say goodbye
  • Karaoke, eat ramen, eat sushi, eat karaage, eat tempura, eat curry like it’s going out of style!
  • Try not to cry. T___T Fail.