If you’re reading this, I assume you’re frustrated and/or desperate—and maybe a small percent of you simply curious. “I tried to find advice for applying to be a CIR, but almost all the information out there was for ALTs! Help!” Ah yes, now we must wallow and worry in isolation in our problems of (lack […]
This dog-loving CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) in Tochigi hails from its sister-state of Indiana, but has also found homes in Nagoya and Taipei. She is looking forward to traveling more of the world and eating everything. (Blood, uterus, raw horse, rooster comb, crickets, durian—check.) She is also an avid humanitarian critic of society and media, graduating after completing a (shortened) 36 page thesis exposing the links between human trafficking and idol culture, so don’t even get her started on Akimoto Yasushi.
Entries by Kelsey L.
I’m pretty certain with this title I have both lost and gained followers, and such is life. Before I go into this too much, make sure you use your best judgment based on the title as to whether this post is safe for work/school/etc. But you do you. The “penis festivals” of Greater Nagoya and […]
Volunteering at an animal shelter is one of the most heartbreaking, rewarding activities I have ever done. I often speak in an exaggerated, flamboyant way, but nothing about this post is or will be as such–I can’t promise this will not be a solemn post, but I do promise a lot of (happy) “aww” moments […]
(Note: This post is specifically aimed at advanced learners of Japanese, but many of these tips apply to learning at any level.) As a coordinator for international relations, the only hard requirement for my job is a certain level of fluency in Japanese (roughly N2 or higher, to be exact). I use Japanese in most […]
Hello everyone! I wanted to formally announce that after a lot of consideration, I have decided to move my Eatsunomiya section of this blog to its own website: https://eatsunomiya.wordpress.com. I have a lot more posts coming, and as I expand my writing, I decided that a community format isn’t the best server for this aspect of […]
This is something I haven’t discussed in too much length with anyone–I normally use this fact as an icebreaker for “tell me 3 things about yourself” or such and such, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone into this part of my life like I’m going to here now. I have synesthesia, which is, as […]
The first time I came to Japan as an exchange student, I got a little too excited with the books. Books (not just textbooks) are amazing language learning tools, and Book Off and the marketplace at Amazon.co.jp were my weaknesses. It’s safe to say that my luggage was overweight from buying classics and popular novels like […]
During introductions at various JET conferences, I as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) am often called a “unicorn” by the various ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers, for those out of the know) I meet. True, we are on the rarer side, making up only about 8% of the total JET population, but the real unicorns […]
I’d already tried Min Min, the gyoza giant of all of Utsunomiya, but I had yet to try the unfortunately (or perhaps intentionally?) named Men Men until yesterday. I mainly knew them for their almost equally famous gyoza, but had also seen their ramen featured in magazines and other advertisements. Glancing at their storefront, they […]
I can’t say this enough: this Japanese “fast food” is perfection. Imagine the fluffiest pancake you’ve had. Now imagine it combined with all the deliciousness that is okonomiyaki and put in a fun-sized, fish-shaped vessel. This is okonomi-tai-yaki from Omede-taiyaki, which also gets extra points from me for being a punny and yet completely honest […]
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