Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paperwork and Study Sessions

There is a lot of paperwork when it comes to working overseas. It goes with the territory. I'm currently finishing up another load of paperwork to send to Interac to start my visa process. I know there will be more paperwork in the future as well as a TB test and a medical exam.

For now, I'm studying my Japanese again. I took Japanese 1 and 2 at a local university while I was in high school, but my knowledge of the language has been failing me since I have had no need to use it. I originally learned Japanese using the books "Japanese for Busy People," but for now I have decided to use the classic "Genki" books. My goal is to study for at least an hour daily until I leave in March.

Meanwhile, I'm substitute teaching and will probably be taking a part-time job at the local grocery store to make sure I have enough income to pay for starting expenses in Japan (plane ticket, rent, groceries, apartment supplies, key money, etc.)

Friday, October 29, 2010


Whenever I start a blog, I feel the need for an introduction. I suppose everything starts with a beginning; an introduction. I started this blog because I've just been accepted to be an ALT starting at the end of March with Interac.

With a little bit of snooping, you've probably noticed this is my 3rd blog, and my 2nd blog about Japan. This blog is going to be completely different from the other two, because it will primarily contain written content about my life. My other blogs are about art: my creative works (ongoing) and a collaborative photography blog about Japan vs Michigan (dead). Yeah, I LOVE TO CREATE. :D

Blogs aside, I'm a 22 year old recent graduate from the Ringling College of Art and Design (formerly known as RSAD). I majored in Illustration with a minor in Photography. Ever since I watched Sailor Moon on UPN when I was 6, I've found Japan interesting and wanted to know more about the country. My love of anime turned me onto Japanese music (J-pop, J-rock, VK, and J-Indies), which eventually led me to my first trip to Japan (summer 2006). At that time in my life I had just graduated high school, but I knew I wanted to return. I actually cried the day I left the country. In May 2009, I returned to Japan for a 3 month stay to take courses on Anime and Manga at Temple University. It was an excuse to go back and stay an extended time as well as a learning experience. After playing the role of the tourist and the student, I'm now going to be playing the role of the teacher and worker. It's truly the difference between being the onlooker vs being the participant.

I'm excited and scared to leave everything I'm accustomed to for a year, but I'm ready to take the next step to see if I really do want to live in Japan for the rest of my life. This is my beginning.