Past Departures

3 years living in Japan on the JET Programme

Looking back: the JET effect

It is now some fifteen years since I left Japan, which is indeed a very long time! Yet, current JET participants have read this blog and said they identify with … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · Leave a comment


Thank you to everyone that has read this blog about my experiences in Japan. It was a mammoth task trying to write about those three years of my life. I … Continue reading

October 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

JET 119: farewell

Sunday July 16th, 2000 Tomorrow will be the first anniversary of my arrival in Japan. I met up with four of my 8th grade students this afternoon; they’re in a … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

JET 118: cycles

Saturday July 15th, 2000 I bought a bike from a JET friend who is leaving, and tested it out this afternoon by cycling along the beaches; such a wonderful sense … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

JET 117: slump

Wednesday July 12th, 2000 Instead of visiting my usual elementary school, I was invited to visit a different one, in a nearby village; I was surprised to find that there … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

JET 116: plum

Monday July 10th, 2000 Had some fun classes at school, but lunch was the highlight of the day; the student next to me was playing with the plum on his … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

JET 115: Tokyo Disneyland

Saturday July 8th, 2000 Our night bus to Tokyo followed a typhoon all the way there. The morning rain in Tokyo dampened our spirits, but once we arrived at Disneyland … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

JET 114: walking

Monday July 3rd, 2000 As I arrived at school, I saw that someone had written graffiti by the entrance; it looked like an ugly scar on the usually pristine building, … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

JET 113: ganbatte!

Sunday July 2nd, 2000 I woke up on the floor, in the hallway of a JET friend’s apartment, with my head resting on a pile of shoes instead of a … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

JET 112: shots

Saturday July 1st, 2000 Tonight was the party for all the JETs that are leaving; people that have been here for a year, two years and three years are all … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

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