TJC Podcast 004: I Got Into The JET Programme…What Next??



So you’ve got into the JET Programme! Congratulations, that’s awesome, but what next??

In this episode, Thomas gives you a preview of what’s coming up next and what you can be doing right now. Breaking it down by month, here’s the Cole’s Notes version of what he mentions:


1. Start learning Japanese
– Genki textbooks

2. Pay attention to your consulate
– Attend events
– Get to know other departing JETs

3. Look into getting a nice camera


4. Get in touch with your predecessor
– Get them to write your a personal guide to your placement
– See if they can carry over the internet to you
– Be suspicious if they try to sell you their things

5. Connect to local groups
– Primarily regional AJET groups and prefectural Facebook groups


6. Get you documents in order
– Prescriptions, international driving permits, etc.

7. Start planning goodbye parties/having ‘final dinners’


8. Pack!
– Don’t bring your entire wardrobe
– Definitely pack some business attire
– Lots of cheap souvenirs for everyone
– Whatever is direly important to you, even if you have to pay a bit of extra to bring it with you
– $1500+ cash is definitely a safe bet

9. Enjoy your final month


For ALL of the details, give the podcast a listen!


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TJC Podcast 003: Your Life Is An Adventure



Summary: Listen to Albo and Nate discuss how in Japan your life is an adventure. It’s like a heroic RPG and your journey is analogous to Joseph Campbell’s MonoMyth.

Your Life Is An Adventure

In this episode, I (Albo) am joined by my good friend Nate, a fellow Gunma JET Programme participant from California.

While going for a stroll on a surprisingly long walking trail around a cherry blossom encircled lake, we decided to record a podcast.

While walking.

So essentially, this may be the first ever walk-and-talk Walkcast ever done.

In the podcast, we wax philosophical about how in Japan, your life is an adventure.

It’s basically like being the hero of your own RPG (role playing game).

We also discuss the analogs between your personal journey and Joseph Campbell’s MonoMyth.

After listening, we hope you’ll be inspired to be the hero of your own life, to grab challenges by the horns and make the most out of your adventure in Japan.

What You Will Learn:

In this episode, Nate and I mainly focus on the parallels between your life in Japan and Joseph Campbell’s idea of the monomyth.

From Wikipedia,

In a monomyth, the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. The hero who accepts the call to enter this strange world must face tasks and trials, either alone or with assistance. In the most intense versions of the narrative, the hero must survive a severe challenge, often with help. If the hero survives, he may achieve a great gift or “boon.” The hero must then decide whether to return to the ordinary world with this boon. If the hero does decide to return, he or she often faces challenges on the return journey. If the hero returns successfully, the boon or gift may be used to improve the world.

The stages of the monomyth Hero’s Journey are summarized in this handy infographic:

Whether you come to Japan as a JET Programme participant, on an exchange program, a working holiday visa, or through any other avenue, you’ll inevitably face many of the trials that are universal  to packing up and moving to another country.

Yet I’ve noticed that too many people, after the initial high of moving to Japan wears of, become more and more jaded.

They let the little difficulties and challenges of daily life in Japan get to them.

Overtime, that cynicism increases, perpetuating a vicious cycle of apathy.

“X thing about Japan sucks! I can’t change anything about X, so why even bother trying.” These people then turn to the internet where they spend their days trolling forums about how life in Japan sucks.

If you are just now coming to Japan, promise yourself to never become one of those people.

How can you avoid the cynicism and bitterness of the jaded ex-pat?

Well the first step is to recognize that you are in fact, doing something pretty cool by deciding to move halfway across the world to come live in Japan.

Listen to the podcast and find out how deciding to live in japan is a decision to begin an adventure that could completely change the purpose and course of your life.

Don’t be a secondary character in your own adventure.

Be the Hero of your own life.


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TJC Podcast 002: How To Travel Around Japan


Hey everyone, we’re proud to present the second episode of the TJC podcast!

Thomas and I had a lot of fun doing this episode and we hope you’ll learn a lot about trip planning.

Japan is an awesome country to travel to and around. By and large it is extremely safe and you will never feel like your personal safety is in jeopardy.

Japan is also a heavily service oriented society so you will feel warmly welcomed everywhere you travel to.

The advice in this episode is relevant for both people who want to travel to Japan from out of the country, and for ex-pats who currently call somewhere in Japan their home.

No matter where you are coming from, travelling is one of the best ways to expand your horizons and get more enjoyment out of your life.

However, travel planning can be a hassle and you might not feel like spending hours and hours doing research. Shouldnt you just wing it and go with the flow?

What You Will Learn:

In this podcast, we discuss how putting some effort into scheduling your trips makes them 10x better.

We also discuss the special TJC method for optimizing your travels – the ENTACE system.

We won’t give away what the acronym means here – you’ll have to listen to the podcast or download your free e-book down below, but essentially its Thomas’ simple and easy to implement system for planning your trip to get the most of it.

So hit play on the player, learn how to travel around Japan, discover the ENTACE system entails and find out how it can benefit you when you plan your next trip.

Don’t forget to download your free travel guide below!