Category Archive: jet program

A much overdue conclusion

So, it’s been a long time since I updated this blog – I left Japan on July 29th, and now I’m back in the U.S.! I’ve moved down to California and started a… Continue reading

Ise and Nagoya Report

I think I’m in danger of not posting about my 3-day weekend in Ise and Nagoya, so I better just churn something out, eh? Friday night, I boarded the overnight bus on a… Continue reading


So, I just got back from a totally awesome weekend in Ise and Nagoya. Pictures and details to come, but for now, enjoy this short video I took at the sumo tournament! It… Continue reading

Busy week-end…

Man, it’s kind of frightening how quickly I can pack for trips now. Seriously. I got back from an enkai with the people from my Board of Education in Nagaoka about an hour… Continue reading

And the story continues…

Yeah, so I’m not going to wax philosophical about this goodbye business because … well, it’s pretty much the running theme for the next couple of weeks, right? :) Yesterday I parted ways… Continue reading

Let the goodbyes begin…

This weekend was all about goodbyes – to possessions and friends both. Spent a lot of the weekend cleaning my apartment and selling/giving furniture to various people/places around Niigata. I don’t have a… Continue reading

Happy Fourth of July!

So, in celebration of the Fourth of July, Melissa, Kate, Errol, myself, and Kayvohn (our honorary American) got together for an American-style hoedown in Maki, complete with beef, (accidental) pork burgers, corn, apple… Continue reading

Another weekend in Niigata…

Pink Girls! Originally uploaded by kristi-san. So, it was another semi-relaxing, semi-random weekend in Niigata. This time, however, Star came up from Tokyo to join in the festivities. Persevering through the start of… Continue reading

Tales from the 中学校…

So, I’ve been correcting compositions lately. My third-year students went on a school trip to Kyoto back in April, so each of them wrote me a letter about their most important memories. I… Continue reading

Beach-y Goodness and Other Tales of Niigata

It was back to the grind this week, with lots of school business and errands to take care of. It seems that I only have about six weeks before my triumphant return to… Continue reading