Friday, June 8, 2012

I'm moving back to Japan! :)

I'm moving back to Japan! :) Yay! This time my boyfriend is going too! We both just accepted positions with Interac, the same company I worked for before. We had the opportunity to go later this year in August, but we decided to defer until March to save up money and have a better chance of being placed close together.

I'm really excited to move back to Japan. I've missed it a lot! I already have a list of places I want to visit and things I want to do even though I don't know what area we will be placed in.

It's been a little over a year since I last updated this blog. Since then I've had a few different temporary jobs. I did a couple of landscape design/installation projects, created a 300+ page product catalog for an agriculture equipment company, had a temporary job at a bank office for a week, had another temporary job as a test scorer, and now I am working as a cashier. I plan on sticking with that until March I guess. It's not a great job, but the time goes by quickly while I'm at work so it's ok I guess.

Besides work I've been studying Japanese and training for a 5k. I've been doing the Couch-to-5k program and really liking it. I will hopefully be running a 5k on July 4th.

I picked that random picture at the top because it really reminds me of living in Japan. That picture was taken by the 7-Eleven in Toi. I took walks there a lot. It was a nice distance for a walk and it was by the beach. Plus, it had plenty of yummy snacks. :) I miss traveling in Japan, but I also miss everyday life in Japan and most of my days were spent doing things like this rather than traveling. I can't wait to live in Japan again. :)

Maybe I'll do a post soon about the things I want to do when I go back to Japan. I miss writing this blog and I'm excited to be able to work on it again! :)


  1. Wow, that's so exciting! I'm really jealous! Looking forward to reading your blog posts.
    You mentioned that you're taking Japanese lessons. How much Japanese could you speak/understand when you went there the first time? I went to Japan for my honeymoon and absolutely loved it. I'd be interested in spending more time there but I'm useless at languages :-(

    1. I had studied Japanese a little bit for about a year before I went last time. While I was there I didn't study as much as I should have, but I learned more just by talking to people. I was able to have very basic conversations like asking for directions, asking for help in a store, etc. I couldn't understand most of other people's conversations though, like on TV, or anything.

      I'm not taking lessons, but I'm using the Japanese for Busy People books. They're pretty good, but not amazing. I haven't found anything I like better though.

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  3. I'm curious about your experience with Interac. I lived in Japan for a few years while I was on the JET Programme, and am thinking about moving back... You've obviously had a good experience with the company?

    1. Yup, I had a good experience. Though it can vary depending on which branch you work for (I worked with the Hamamatsu branch) and the schools. I didn't really contact them that much, but when I did they were helpful. When I was sick they were quick to send someone to help take me to the doctor. Also, I really liked having the summer vacation off, which I don't think you get with JET. You don't get a full paycheck for that month, but I think it was worth it to have the break.

  4. Hello!
    It's good to hear that you are going back to japan and working with interac!
    I have my in person interview with them in October! I wonder... do you remember anything about that process? Any tips or anything?
    Also, hope you blog lots... once I get the job, I plan on blogging as well!

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