JET Program: How I Broke My Contract Early in the Wake of COVID-19

Nearly three weeks ago, I made the painful decision to part ways with my contracting organization and officially end my time on the JET Program four months early. My board of education proved they could not communicate with ALTs or guarantee safe working conditions. Although I wanted to continue working in Japan, there was tooContinue reading “JET Program: How I Broke My Contract Early in the Wake of COVID-19”

Boost Language Learning as an Adult!

Learning a new language in adulthood is HARD! Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever undertaken a more frustrating (but simultaneously rewarding) task. I’ve been studying Japanese since 2015—that’s including many semesters worth of college courses and time spent in Japan! Despite this, I’m only at the conversational level, and memorizing Kanji is still the baneContinue reading “Boost Language Learning as an Adult!”

Travel Won’t Solve all of Your Problems, but You Should Still Do It

In recent years, traveling has become more accessible than ever before. We can fly, drive, or take a train to all kinds of exotic and exciting destinations in just a few short hours—for a price, of course. Until college, the furthest away I had ventured from home was a nine-hour car ride to Florida. MyContinue reading “Travel Won’t Solve all of Your Problems, but You Should Still Do It”

Birth Control Abroad

Image from @rhsupplies on Unsplash Disclaimer! I am not a medical professional. The following post is based on my experience and personal research alone. Many people are on birth control for one reason or another. In addition to preventing pregnancy, these hormone therapies can regulate menstruation, treat a host of medical conditions like PMS, andContinue reading “Birth Control Abroad”

Why I’m not Returning to the United States During the Coronavirus

Since my last post, the general attitude towards COVID-19 in the United States has shifted from annoyance to fear. Sure, I still see quite a few people on my social media feeds posting memes about the virus and declaring the world is just overreacting, but with the sudden widespread cancellation of flights, schools, and importantContinue reading “Why I’m not Returning to the United States During the Coronavirus”

Being Curvy in Japan

Beauty standards are ridiculous and frustrating all over the world, but Japan can be an especially difficult place to live for people with curvier and more voluptuous figures. Since moving here, I’ve lost about 15-20 pounds due to making some extreme lifestyle changes, and I am incredibly proud of my hard work. While there areContinue reading “Being Curvy in Japan”

Wallet Stolen in Japan

To anyone who reads my blog, I apologize once again for the hiatus. I was working on a post related to travel, but I decided to write about an unfortunate event that occurred to me last week instead. If you’ve glanced at the title of this post, then I’m sure you can guess what happened.Continue reading “Wallet Stolen in Japan”

Surviving in your new Japanese Workplace: Essential Phrases and Expressions

You’re planning to move to Japan and starting a new life and job overseas. Now what? The process of uprooting everything and settling down somewhere unfamiliar can feel overwhelming. Unless your Japanese is already fluent or conversational, there’s a good chance you’re lacking some key grammar and vocabulary. Even if you speak zero Japanese, learningContinue reading “Surviving in your new Japanese Workplace: Essential Phrases and Expressions”

Autumn in Japan: Experience Momiji

If you’ve managed to survive the sweltering, sticky, 蒸し暑い (mushi-atsui) Japanese summer, you’re in for a great reward. Depending on your region, the arrival of October and November means you’ll soon enjoy cooler temperatures, delicious foods, traditional festivals, and changing leaves. Seasonal treats and sweater-weather aside, the bright hues of Japan’s trees during autumn areContinue reading “Autumn in Japan: Experience Momiji”