Sam in Japan

21 year old Perth-born transplant to Sendai, Japan.

So we had our monthly ALT meeting today and our life advisor informed us we’d be getting our re-contracting forms next week. It’s barely October!!! Although tbh I’m not too bothered because I’m 99% sure I’m going to stay another year at this point. The thought of leaving Japan and having to decide on what my next move is gives me heart palpitations! D: Also I love my life here and have a really good group if friends around me. It’s going to suck saying goodbye to some of them but I have a lot more invested in Japan than most of them having majored in Japanese. Who knows though maybe I’ll change my mind before the forms are due back in January!

Trying to get any support out of my one JTE is like trying to draw blood from a stone. Working with her exhausts me :( God only knows why she’s so reluctant to do anything but stand there in class, seeing as she has me plan all 5 of our classes together on my own. What exactly is the point of having her there at all? Team-teaching does not mean ‘let Sam do all the work and take a break for 5 periods a week’!!!!!!!!

Scary JTE is going to be away for two months and her replacement won’t be here for another few weeks so she’s asked me to take her classes (alone!) until then plus my regular team-teaching classes. I smell a few late nights ahead! D:

I find it hilarious that someone who hates being the centre of attention a) has a job standing in front of a bunch of kids talking all day and b) is the lead singer in a band that’s scheduled to perform live at a popular venue next month. It’s funny because I still feel like the awkward, nerdy kid I was in high school but maybe I should give myself a little more credit. Applying for JET was something I had known I wanted for a while, but the idea of standing in front of a bunch of teenagers did (and still does sometimes) terrify me. But look where I am now. Today I’ve taken 4 classes all on my own and the kids were loving it. I need to stop being so damned hard on myself and celebrate the small victories that have allowed me to get to this place in life. I had a dream a few nights ago where I was talking to a particular person from my past, and he asked me what it was that had changed about me. My reply: “I’m not scared anymore”. Life is good.

These kids better appreciate the effort I went to for this Halloween lesson! On a different note, I totally inherited my mum’s stubby fingers. Thanks mum! -.-

These kids better appreciate the effort I went to for this Halloween lesson! On a different note, I totally inherited my mum’s stubby fingers. Thanks mum! -.-

Today’s haul: Tony Moly rice toner, Tony Moly apple-tox honey facial moisturizer, Tony Moly lip crayon, Halloween scrunchie to wear to class and amuse my students with, Halloween nail decals and Gerard Way’s Hesitant Alien album because I am still 16 in my heart and this man inspires me to be creative and genuine and true to myself.

Today’s haul: Tony Moly rice toner, Tony Moly apple-tox honey facial moisturizer, Tony Moly lip crayon, Halloween scrunchie to wear to class and amuse my students with, Halloween nail decals and Gerard Way’s Hesitant Alien album because I am still 16 in my heart and this man inspires me to be creative and genuine and true to myself.

Day off in Nagamachi ^_^

Sports Day bento. Working on a Saturday sucks but I got to see one of my 卒業生 because she came to watch so it’s not all bad :)

Sports Day bento. Working on a Saturday sucks but I got to see one of my 卒業生 because she came to watch so it’s not all bad :)

Police are going around to people’s homes in Kyoto seizing ‘camera shoes’ that men are using to film up women’s skirts with… I didn’t even know camera shoes were a thing but apparently over 2,500 pairs were sold by a particular company between 2012 and 2014. This country, man.