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Stormchild
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 3:45 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 271 Location: Vancouver, Canada
Quite suddenly and unexpectedly, I have an opportunity to go to Japan and teach English. I just got word today that I've been accepted, so I have about two weeks to pack up all my stuff, move most of it to storage (and sell or throw out the rest), renew my passport, get a work visa and plane tickets, cancel all my local services, get a new laptop (mine's broken), and get to Japan. I've never been there before...but why start with a vacation when you can just move there?

I'll be teaching in Yamagata (about 300 km north of Tokyo) for the next year. After that, who knows. It's going to be a very busy couple of weeks, followed by a period of confusion and disorientation (maybe not the right term when you're moving *to* the Orient). I've been studying Japanese quite seriously for the past year and a half, but I know I'm going to be lost for awhile anyway.

All part of the big adventure.
 
Aprilis.
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 4:03 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
wow that's really something. well firstly, congratulations! this is a really great opporunity! i'm planning to teach oversea (hopfully in japan too) after i finish my BA degree. did you get this job offer thru oxford program or the offical japan government program?

best of luck to you; leaving vancouver, settling in yamagata and all. hope you'll be able to keep us posted after you arrive in japan!
 
Lady Shura
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 5:45 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 05 Oct 2005 Posts: 10
I hope you have fun, and be successful in Japan. You're doing what a lot of us wish we could do. ^^
 
Mokyomi
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 7:15 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 14 May 2005 Posts: 203 Location: Malaysia
*gasp*

That's so lucky of you =D. It's so inspiring to me when someone goes to another country and teaches people there english ^^. I hope you have a lovely time there.

I would join you. But I can't.

Hey, maybe after teaching english in Japan. You can teach Japanese in my school in Malaysia Lion *goes to an international school--english spoken most of the time* ^^v
 
yumiotsuka
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 8:04 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 01 May 2005 Posts: 955
woo u must be really good to teach over there.. we ppl in channel-ai will support u..!! Boogie work hard!
 
Ryu-Chan
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 8:39 am Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 09 Jul 2005 Posts: 139 Location: Makai
YOU'RE MOVING TO JAPAN!!? Surprised
I wish I could move to Japan...my mom's relatives are over there in Hiroshima!
I could teach English to Japanese kids but...I'm too young! Ha!
 
sfsol7319
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 12:08 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 26 Sep 2005 Posts: 71 Location: Taiwan
Shocked
Japan!!!

I really envy you.

haha~
Anyway, hope you'll be used to living there as soon as possible.
Then, please kindly share any news about Ai with us.
You're much closer to Ai than we after all.
Finally, wish you luck!
 
MightyFlameboy
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 8:07 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 23 Jul 2005 Posts: 117 Location: Singapore
Wow... I'm sooo envious of you! It'll be a whole new life and adventure for you in this foreign land, but I bet it's gonna be a fun and exciting one! After getting my degree, I'm also in hopes of landing a job in Japan. Well that'll take at least 5 more years. Sad All the best in your career and don't forget to post your experiences here at Channel-Ai!
 
Clover
Posted: Oct 21, 2005 3:10 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 06 May 2005 Posts: 1029 Location: I need to find a job... boohoohoho
WOW this is very sudden. I hope you are happy and did the right choice (ofcourse you did Laughing ) Good luck with getting to understand the place Giggle
 
arone
Posted: Oct 21, 2005 11:56 pm Reply with quote
SMILY SMILY
Joined: 25 Apr 2005 Posts: 392 Location: HONG KONG
That's should be a great experience Stormchild!!
Good luck~
so how long will you teach english there?
 
Stormchild
Posted: Oct 22, 2005 2:02 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 271 Location: Vancouver, Canada
Thanks for all the nice replies, everyone. Smile

I've had a crazy week, trying to get ready for this trip in such a short time. I'm going to leave around November 11th or 12th.

arone wrote:
so how long will you teach english there?

I'll be teaching for a year. And maybe they'll ask me to come back for another year...in which case, I probably will.

Also...I recently met a really nice and very cute Japanese girl. Love
I met her here in Vancouver, but she'll move back to Kyoto in December, and I'm planning to go visit her when she gets there. She likes Ai Otsuka too! Smile

So anyway, we'll see. Maybe I won't come back. Wink
 
MightyFlameboy
Posted: Oct 22, 2005 9:22 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 23 Jul 2005 Posts: 117 Location: Singapore
Stormchild wrote:
Also...I recently met a really nice and very cute Japanese girl. Love I met her here in Vancouver, but she'll move back to Kyoto in December, and I'm planning to go visit her when she gets there. She likes Ai Otsuka too! Smile

So anyway, we'll see. Maybe I won't come back. Wink


That's real lucky. Smile I would die to meet a girl like that haha. Boogie If I had such luck as you, I probably won't return to my homeland too. Laughing Good luck finding her!
 
HachiRoku
Posted: Oct 22, 2005 9:42 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 08 Jul 2005 Posts: 107
aww i wannna move to japan it seems like a great place. well i wish the best of luck to u dere.
 
^KaedE^
Posted: Oct 23, 2005 2:56 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 23 Oct 2005 Posts: 11 Location: Malaysia
tat's so cool!!!
u go to japan?!
wow~~~ i wan go~~ XD
 
Stormchild
Posted: Oct 26, 2005 5:31 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 271 Location: Vancouver, Canada
Well, today I booked my tickets. I'm leaving on November 12, flying to Narita. From there, I'll take the express train to Tokyo, and then the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Yamagata. I will pick up my passport on Friday, and my visa a week later. I bought a new PowerBook and digital camera for my trip too.

Tomorrow I'm going to see the girl again. Love
I only have a couple more weeks to see her here, but I just have to wait a few more weeks after that to visit her in Kyoto.

When I get to Japan I'll post some pictures.
 
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