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 🙂
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
Total Damage: ¥11,713 (One ¥10,000 note gone)
It was still pretty decent. I was expecting
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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.
I missed the train. Waited for the next one. As I waited, I → Read more
I got lazy. I didn’t head out in the morning for the event finals.
Around 1130, I texted E-san to find out how the event went.
She told me that the group I was supporting didn’t go through to the finals, but it seems like they felt like they did their best and are happy with their result. They also received a lot of valuable critiques from the judges, so I’m sure it helped them grow a lot. I hope from the bottom of my heart that they this will be a springboard that propels them to a greater height in the future.
I spent the afternoon cleaning my apartment. My predecessor left a lot of junk. Like a WHOLE lot of junk. You know what’s worse than having to clean out other people’s junk? It is having to → Read more
My roommate has a breakfast coupon because she needs to leave the hotel at 0630. I don’t have one, even though I have to leave not too long after. Dang it. Still, I realised that Concord Room C has its breakfast at 0630 instead of the usual 0700, so I made my way towards it and had a quick breakfast.
Once my tummy was filled, I headed down to the Hana room to 集合 (assemble) with all my other buddies from the same prefecture. We took a bus down to Haneda and it was time to fly over to the place where I would begin a new life in.
Had my lunch at the airport before taking a shuttle-ish bus down to my new office. However, only K-san was there. I greeted him and passed him my omiyage. It was then time to make my way down to → Read more
Today’s orientation started off with a panel discussion. Three CIR senpais from Iwate, Tokyo and Kochi came to explain to us more about life as a CIR. It was really insightful and I would say that it is one of my most enjoyed workshop through the whole orientation. Although the reason is most probably because their Japanese were very easy to comprehend.
Another very useful workshop was on 通訳 (interpreting). We tried out various ways to improve and practise our interpreting. They are ‘shadowing’, ‘repeating’ and → Read more
Breakfast starts at 0700, followed by an opening ceremony at 0900. We had to be seated by 0845 though. → Read more