This CIR JET Programme blog has evolved

I started this blog to record my journey as a CIR on the Jet Programme, but right now, it has evolved to so much more than that. I’m blogging about moving in with a loved one, and about preparation for a wedding in Japan.

So much of my life has changed after coming to Japan. I always joke to my friends that my life story could be made into a Shoujo Manga. It would be about how this foreigner steps into Japan, lives abroad for the first time, learns a Japanese musical instrument, falls in love with the teacher, become a couple, has issues with communicating how she feels in her non-native tongue, but overcomes them in the end.
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Planning a Wedding in Japan #0 – Intro and Outline

So, my boyfriend proposed and now I’m engaged. Both of us know nothing about what we should do to plan a wedding, so I figured it would be interesting to blog about our journey. I want to hold a Shinto-wedding, and probably a not so pricey party afterwards.

Updates will happen when they happen.
Please feel free to comment or ask me questions on the various posts 🙂

March 2020
1st – Buying our Engagement and Wedding Rings
3rd – Searching for a Venue #1
4th – Creation of Guest List
16th – Searching for a Venue #2
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Heading for letters addressed to presidents, ambassadors

I was recently tasked to provide a list of headings for letters addressed to 偉い people and I had to research the lot. I now have a very nice list, so I decided to share it here 🙂

President (大統領)
The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Letter salutation: Dear Mr. President:
Complimentary close: Most respectfully,
Introduction: The President of the United States
Conversation: Mr. President

First Lady
Mrs. (surname)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Letter salutation: Dear Mrs. (surname):
Complimentary close: Sincerely,
Introduction: (full name), First Lady of the United States of America
Conversation: Mrs. (surname)
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Mid Year Conference (MYC) Year 1 Day 3

It’s morning! I went down to Lawson again and got myself a rice ball. That should be enough. Then, it’s time to head for the first lecture. I chose to attend the 外国人に関する法律問題 because I have heard great reviews about it. I did not make the wrong choice. It was indeed very informational. The lecturer, who works as a lawyer, gave us a very nicely structured talk on the issues foreigners face. It’s mostly very sad to hear about → Read more

Mid Year Conference (MYC) Year 1 Day 2

First proper-ish day of MYC. The first lecture I decided to attend was 高度人材になるための資格取得 because I have heard many good reviews about it. It turns out that the reviews are true. I really received a lot of information from that lecture. The main bulk of the lecture introduces one to the various 資格 one can get to further improve their chances of getting hired in Japan.

Here are some of the exams that they have recommended.

日本語能力試験 (N1)
BJT ビジネス日本語能力テスト (530点以上)
TOEIC (600点以上)
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Mid Year Conference (MYC) Year 1 Day 1

Headed down to Chiba prefecture by train. My contracting organisation booked me a room in APA hotel, which was where the Mid Year Conference (MYC) would be held. Problem is the opening ceremony starts at 14:30, but all of us could only start checking in from 14:00. There was a snaking long line at the check-in counter at 14:00. When I reached the counter, it was already 14:26, and to make matters worse, my reservation name wasn’t the official katakana used, so I wasn’t able to → Read more

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 🙂


Furnishing my apartment

My house still badly required a lot of things.
I needed decent clothes hangers, a fan, a water filter, a water kettle, dehumidifying water absorbing stuff, vacuum pack for keeping my futon, shelf lining sheets that are somehow equipped with bug chasing abilities.
And I wanted a tv, a proper bicycle, a bathroom floor mat, and a digital clock that shows the humidity of the room.

E-san kindly offered to drive me around the city to get my stuff settled. I’m really grateful. If I didn’t have her car, I don’t know how I am to buy and lug all these things by myself.

Our first stop was Nitori
Shelf lining sheets that are somehow equipped with bug chasing abilities x 4 ¥815
Vacuucum pack for futon ¥514
Vacuum pack for clothes ¥822
Water filter ¥2,027 (lasts only for 3 months, before needing to change the refill)
Water kettle ¥1,933
Digital clock ¥1,028
Aromatic Defuser ¥1,825 (will only use after the humid summer is over)
Hangers x 30 ¥599
Fan ¥2,149

Total Damage: ¥11,713 (One ¥10,000 note gone)
It was still pretty decent. I was expecting

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Feet, Microwave, NHK, Bicycle

I was nearly at the train station before I realised I didn’t have my wallet with me.
So I had to run back to my apartment; while cursing under my breath. I so do not want to be late. It has only been exactly a week since I started work. My feet started to hurt. They were not in a good condition after yesterday’s interpretation. I didn’t want to be late. I considered changing into my sneakers after I grabbed my wallet, but meh – it would take some time to wear my socks and all. Also, I didn’t want to be informal.

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