Konnichiwa! About a week ago I safely touched down in Japan. Since, I have been through a whirlwind of orientations, introductions and adjustments. First off–I spent three days in Tokyo with a large group of first-year JET participants. Orientation involved seminar after seminar about culture, etiquette, lesson planning, budgeting, team teaching and community involvement. Although tiring and slightly overwhelming–it was a great way to meet other JETs, gallivant around the city and most importantly, prepare for a new life in Japan.
JETs come from literally all over the world. In Hiroshima prefecture there are representatives from America (woot woot!), South Africa, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Canada and New Zeland–just to name a few. Here are a few of the lovely first-year Hiroshima prefecture JETs:
Placed throughout the prefecture, each individual lives on his or her own and has varying experiences and situations. For example, some live in urban areas and others in rural; some teach in elementary and junior high schools and others in senior high schools. After orientation in Tokyo, we said farewell to the city, boarded yet another plane and flew to Hiroshima.
Up next: The first few days in Fukuyama-shi, my new home away from home!