JET Application for CIRs 国際交流員

So. The application for the 2018 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is now open. It seems only yesterday that I stepped into Japan myself. Actually, I have only been in Japan for a month and a half. Yet in this short period of time, so many things happened. I have been blessed that my position as a Coordinator for International Relations is exactly what has been promised to me. I get to do translations, interpretations and help out with events. A little sad that I don’t have a time slot on the radio though 😛

The time has come now and ALT / CIR / SEA hopefuls are starting to piece together their applications and doing their best to polish up their SOPs (statement of purpose).

If anyone needs help with their SOP or advice about anything related, leave a comment on this post and I’ll get in touch with you 🙂



#2 Fukayomi – Organ Donation

I watched another FU.KA.YO.MI session on the television this morning.
Today, the topic is about organ donation after death. In Japan, there is a small area at the back of one’s blue National Health Insurance card that gives the owner a chance to specify whether they would like to donate their organs after death.

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Getting Colder

It’s getting colder here. My digital clock informs me that my room is approximately 19 degrees at night. I purchased a nice warm blanket for myself. It’s extremely fluffy and soft to the touch. I also got warm slip-on house shoes 🙂

Going for Seitai

Due to a bad sleeping posture, constantly sitting at the office, and daily practising of the Shamisen, I started to feel a tension between my neck to slightly below my shoulders. It was getting worse and affecting my right arm, so I decided to go for 整体 (Seitai) upon recommendation by my Shamisen teacher. 整体 is a manipulative therapy based on Chinese and Japanese traditions, and encompassing osteopathy, massage and chiropractic. It was extremely helpful, and I really recommend it 🙂

First school visit to an Elementary school

I did a presentation on my home country and the traditional games we play, to 107 Elementary 1 school students today. It took me about two days to prepare the slides, with most of my time spent on finding the most appropriate pictures. Due to the age of the students, I wasn’t able to use many words in my presentation and I couldn’t even use Kanji! Everything had to be kept simple.

I talked about the environment, food, games and school system of my home country. It was nice to see → Read more

Korean Performance

Went to watch a performance by a Korean performance group today. The opening few acts were so-so, but it gradually got me extremely impressed. It was a mix of dancing and percussion performances, and it would not have been impressive, if not for the fact that there were very little performers – which meant that one person went up for many acts and did not specialise in a certain dance or music act. They must have practised very hard to be able to handle such a wide range of acts. Kudos to them!

#1 Fukayomi – Japan’s working lifestyle and retirement

I watched the television program FU.KA.YO.MI where they invite experts to talk about issues in society. Today’s session was about retirement issues. Apparently, the retirement age is 60, but due to an ageing population, the young aren’t able to fully support the seniors. The way Japan goes about fixing this problem is to extend the working age to above 60. However, many companies choose this path of ‘rehiring’, which means → Read more