Snakes, Spiders, and Wild Boars, oh my. My New Life in Japan has Begun!

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since my last post, but a lot of things have happened in an unbelievably short time. On August 4th I said goodbye to my friends and family and life in America and Hawaii, boarded a plane with other excited incoming JETs, and hauled my life to Japan, squeezed into only 2 suitcases and a carry-on.

Although I had intended to update everyone earlier, I won’t lie and say that this transition has been easy. I don’t think anyone expects that it would be. Not only did we have a intense 2 day orientation in Tokyo, but immediately following that we were shipped out to our placements where we then jumped right into setting up our new lives here. The week after we arrived we had another orientation with the prefectural JETs in Kumamoto City. It was nice to get to see the city and escape our little town, but at the same time, we had been going pretty much non-stop since we arrived in Japan.

I might write about certain parts in more detail later, but for now it’s day 19 and I am still trying to figure everything out. Once I settle into more of a routine and get over all of the “firsts” here I will hopefully be able to write more.

For now, I would just like to let everyone know that yes! I am now in Japan. Living in Asagiri Town, Kumamoto Prefecture. I have started teaching at the nursery schools and after this week I would have started at my elementary schools. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions since coming here but I am still excited at the possibilities of what this experience could turn out to be.

Excited to share this new adventure with all of you as well! I hope to have more interesting things to share next time!

Thank you and take care

❤ Kira

Also, in case you were wondering what the title is about, the countryside is apparently full of wild animals! We have already seen a snake crossing the road, I saw a huge spider in one of my classrooms (and in my house!), and I heard that wild boars might even appear in my year during the winter. We also can look forward to seeing monkeys, deer, and also many stray cats on the roads.


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