Updated the blog to seem more LEGIT.
For realsies, though, I added a sidebar with some social media links, a tag cloud, an Instagram feed thingie…
I’m turning into a BLOGGER.
Ahem, anyway. Some updates in JET-land. I have two weeks until Pre-Departure Oriententation, and, well, leaving. I am trying not to freak out and to be excited and remember all of the reasons I want to go Japan, but sometimes I can’t help it. The freak out creeps in around the edges like a shadow. It comes to me at night before I go to sleep and makes me sad.
I think this is normal. A lot of people go through this. It’s a huge life change. I think I’d be going through the same thing if I had to move to another state in America, which would have been my backup plan if I hadn’t gotten into JET.
My advice to current and future JETs is, if you start feeling this way, try to remember all of the awesome things you love about Japan. I made a list this morning of everything I’ll be able to do and see and experience. It was actually pretty helpful.
I talked to my pred, and she understands about not being able to afford her car. I don’t think she’s happy about it (I guess I wouldn’t be, either), but she does understand. It’s also harder on both of us that I’m not getting her apartment. So if she wants to sell anything to me, she’ll have to move it to the new apartment. She’s still up in the air about that.
I’ve bought pretty much everything I need to take with me to Japan. Still have omiyage and a pair of indoor shoes to get, but otherwise, I’m good.
My state background check went through, so I’m cleared to go!
I actually got another email from my supervisor last night telling me I have an apartment in northern Hokuto (which I knew, thanks to Geneva) and that he was sending me a schedule for when I arrive in Hokuto. An actual SCHEDULE.
According to the schedule, the first day, I’ll go get registered at City Hall and get my hanko (personal seal you use for paperwork, etc.), open my bank account, and get a cellphone. Then it’s off to meet the Superintendent for the Board of Education. Finally, I get to go to my apartment…but that’s it…so I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do for sleeping. Hoping Geneva, who is my neighbor, friend, and official JET sempai will help me with that. The next day, I’m supposed to visit my schools and probably meet the principals.
Geneva said she’s supposed to take me and the other new girl to some places around Yamanashi, so that’s exciting! I really want to see the sunflower field in Hokuto, walk the streets of Kiyosato, go hiking through the Beautiful Forest, and just see as much as possible.
*breathes* I can do this…
Note to self: buy new flumpool single at Tower Records in Tokyo