近海る (Kin Kairu)

JET, Japan, Journalism and other J words

The Obligatory First Post

Hello! My name is Kyle and I would like to welcome you to another one of my extending list of blogs I have under my name.

What is this one about? Well, I’ve been accepted into the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program, better known as the JET Program. This means I’ll be teaching the little boys and girls of Japan all the ins and outs of my native tongue, all the while having some WHA-HA-HACKY adventures along the way.

Now, this may not be like some other Japan/JET focused blogs you’ve come across in the past. In fact, this will be my second deployment;the first being back when I was a junior in college. While many JET blogs will be all about their first comings with the Japanese culture (with all of its bearings) and how those people overcame the immense amount of cultural obstacles, this one will be a lot more personal revisiting. Surely, I will have new stories to tell, new projects I hope to implement and plenty of my own cultural hurdles, but to say the least I have come to expect many of the things newcomers to Japan run into. That’s not to say I’m a veteran, by any means, but seeing old women with purple-dyed hair, the surprising lack of trash cans and learning how to use the toilets (both old and new) are experiences that I have already had. That’s also not to say I won’t reintroduce those facets if I get a good story of out them. However, if you are interested in my many, previous snafus, I encourage you to take a gander: http://kinadventures.tumblr.com/

I also hope to use a bit of the degree I’m so much in debt to (figuratively and literally) and try to do some original reporting with this blog. I’m not sure what that might be at this point, but when I have the time I’m sure going to go out and scout for some good stories. At least, that’s what I told my panel at the JET interview.

If you’re a follower of the old blog (hi mom), you know that my last trip to Japan was a meager four months. Well, good news is, this time around it’s going to be a lot longer. A LOT longer. So much longer that I don’t even really know when I might come back to the states. So, here’s hoping I can get some more stuff out while I’m over there.

The departure date is just about a month away, but I still have things that I would like to write about before then. Maybe I’ll even revise some of my older writings to reflect the current situation. Nevertheless, I hope many of you will join me in my continuing adventures on the other side of the planet.

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