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JET Programme: Post-Interview Anxiety

After a job interview, feelings like anxiety and uncertainty as to how you did are usually experienced. Normally you don’t have to wait too long before finding out if you’ve got the job. However, in the case of the JET Programme interview results, the waiting period, along with those feelings of apprehension, hang around for…… Continue reading JET Programme: Post-Interview Anxiety

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Eating Out: Conveyor Belt Sushi

I love sushi. I didn’t realise sushi could taste so good until going to Japan. And boy, do I miss it! There’s just something not quite right when eating sushi back home. Even though it can taste pretty delicious, I still miss the whole experience of eating sushi in Japan, that authentic vibe and well,…… Continue reading Eating Out: Conveyor Belt Sushi

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JET Programme: Application Timeline

The path to teaching English in Japan through the JET Programme is a long one, and sometimes the dates at which certain things happen (like interviews, finding out the results, leaving for Japan, etc.) can become a bit confusing as Japanese embassies around the world operate slightly differently when it comes to the schedule of…… Continue reading JET Programme: Application Timeline

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A Sweet Start to 2017

Happy New Year everyone! 😀 I hope that 2017 will be one amazing year for you full of adventure, good health and great company. As it is the start of a new year, I have decided to refresh my blog by updating the design and changing the name to reflect current circumstances as I am…… Continue reading A Sweet Start to 2017

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JET Programme: All about the Interview

The word is out that the JET Programme application results are starting to come out now, and that means interviews are the next step on the road to Japan. There are many resources out there from current/former JETs (including myself) who have provided information about what to expect for the interviews that commence in January.…… Continue reading JET Programme: All about the Interview

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Tsuwano: Church, Chapel, and Shrine

On the first day of my visit to the small samurai town of Tsuwano, I explored the main street, Tonomachi, in the old part of town. On the second day, my aim was to visit the famous Catholic church and chapel, as well as walk up to the inari shrine that overlooks the town. Tsuwano…… Continue reading Tsuwano: Church, Chapel, and Shrine

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Tsuwano: Steam Trains, Carp, and Samurai

This past July I hopped on the SL Yamaguchi Steam Train and made my way up to the old castle town of Tswano. The town is in Shimane prefecture, but lies so close to the border that it is sometimes mistaken as a Yamaguchi prefecture town. I spent a weekend here and was able to…… Continue reading Tsuwano: Steam Trains, Carp, and Samurai

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Buddhist Temple Lodge Experience

When I visited Koyasan in Wakayama prefecture last year, I spent two nights at a Shukubo Temple Lodge – one of the 52 temple accommodation options in the town. The temple lodgings, run by Buddhist monks, allows you the opportunity to get a glimpse into temple life by dining on their unique and divinely delicious vegetarian…… Continue reading Buddhist Temple Lodge Experience

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JET Programme: Editing and Proofreading your SoP Essay

This post is for all those aspiring 2017 JET Programme applicants. 🙂 For the past two years I have had the pleasure of reading, editing, and providing suggestions for Statement of Purpose essays. As I mentioned before in an earlier post, having your essay read by others is the perfect way to find out which…… Continue reading JET Programme: Editing and Proofreading your SoP Essay

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JET Programme: Writing your SoP Essay (2016)

The Statement of Purpose (SoP) essay is an important part of your application when applying for the JET Programme. A solid, well-written essay could easily become your ticket to the interview stage, while an overly worded, vague essay might not pass the grade. In this post I will share some tips to how to tackle…… Continue reading JET Programme: Writing your SoP Essay (2016)