Slice of Life: 90 Days In

We’ve passed the 90 day mark here as it’s now August. It was just about 6 months ago that we got a very short email that simply asked if we were still interested in going to Japan to teach and our expectations for the future began to change quite quickly. In less than 2 weeks after getting that email, we were having our Skype interview and just a few days after that were offered the job. It happened so fast but then came the waiting… waiting for visas to come through, waiting to tell our jobs that we’d be leaving, and slowly letting the cat out of the bag to our friends and coworkers.

When it came time to make the decision of weather to stay or go, it was somewhat simple. We asked ourselves if 5 years down the road (or even 1 or 2 years, for that matter), we’d regret not going to Japan more, or if we’d regret not keeping our good (and safe) jobs more. It was an easy question for us to answer. We could always come back to the US and get jobs given our experiences and connections, but if we didn’t go to Japan and try out teaching & living abroad, then we would regret it for sure. It’s not every day you get offered a good job (for 2 people including an apartment and a car) on the other side of the globe. So we went for it and we have no regrets (except that we didn’t bring our favorite bedspread!). I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more and seeing more of the world. Be brave and just go for it.

Here’s a list of some of the things we’ve been able to do/see in our first 3 months here:

  • Joe DJ’d at a local bar in Takayama
  • we learned to drive on the left side of the road.
  • hosted over 19 travelers, and counting, from all over the world
  • we began learning Japanese.
  • we played Pachinko, even if we didn’t know if we had won?!
  • Joe learned to ride a bicycle better and now really loves it!
  • we’ve learned a few new job skills.
  • we took a little road trip and visited Kanazawa and Toyama.
  • took a weekend bus trip to Nagoya & met a coule new friends there.
  • we learned to cook some new things.
  • we learned to eat some new things
  • visited Kamikochi & went hiking.
  • went hiking up a mountainside with 48 waterfalls (and gotten caught in the heavy storm at the end).
  • learned to hang our laundry out to dry.
  • learned to use a squatty potty!
  • went to Karaoke about 4 different times.
  • attended/participated in an art event.
  • spotted a rainbow in Takayama during Golden Week.
  • survived our first rainy season and a wimpy typhoon.
  • made a few new friends in the area.
  • visited a host club in Tokyo!
  • arrived just in time to catch the Cherry Blossoms blooming in Takayama