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Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita September 6th 2008

I've rented a phone for the duration of our stay. Incoming calls are free, but outgoing are 4 yen / second. So, I will be making short calls sparingly! ;) To call me dial: 81 - 8034955378. So, feel free to call. :) Just check your international rates & the time difference! Ja ne, Rae... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita September 6th 2008

Wee! I made it to Japan. Crazily, I left Seattle at 1:30 pm on Friday, traveled for a straight 10 hours and landed at Narita at 3:30 pm on Saturday. Not once during our travels did it get dark outside. The plane ride was awesome! It's the first time I've had real food on a plane since 1999! We got two hot meals plus snacks and tons of drinks. Lots of movie choices (I could be as ADD as I wanted!) so I watched parts of Indy 4, Narnia 2, Leatherheads, Miss Pettigrew, and the Jet Li/Jackie Chan flick. Good times. We could also track our progress, so I watched that a lot! The lady next to me was great...a Japanese native who has lived in Alaska for years. We chatted like crazy ( to the ... read more
First look of Japan
ANA air!!

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita April 6th 2008

Training…..and Trains! The events from 29th March-5th April OK…. I arrived in Japan on March 29th, had a day to myself to meet the other gaikokujin (outside country people), chill-out and explore, and then on March 30th (a Sunday mind you) we started training. It basically consisted of group work, note-taking, presentations, many anecdotes about living and working in Japan, and went from 9am to 6pm for 6 days. By the end, we were all totally shattered, and of course, that’s when we had to give our demonstration evaluation lessons. We were graded on our attitude, helpfulness, genkiness (energy and enthusiasm) and tested on our knowledge of policy etc. I missed out on a master trainee ranking by 1 point! But still walked away with an upper superior trainee ranking (I keep wanting to say mother ... read more
Hard at work-colouring in...
Ausmericajamland!
Love the props!

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita April 5th 2008

Hello! Sorry for being lazy and not writing... We have been training all week from 9am to 6pm and then samling the delights of Narita in the evenings. Training finished yesterday, and after going over policy, teaching techniques, lesson planning, demonstration lessons, Japanese etiquette, expectations for and by schools and company...... I can safely say i'm knackered. There has been an overload of information, and now all 43 of us in this training group are moving out to our respective placements, and feeling nervous as anything about meeting the Boards of Education and teaching staff. If I tried to list all of the faux pas possible, and some that I have made (without knowing if i have or not), i would probably miss my train. Last night I thought the hotel was moving, and conceded that ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita March 30th 2008

I have arrived! Wow. First impressions: calm, friendly, clean, busy, foreign, fun, exciting, new, surreal, and fantastic! I arrived yesterday morning and training started this morning so I had a free day to explore with some of the new (to be) teachers I have met. There are several going to my area which is reassuring, and all of the staff seem friendly and helpful (which they assured me is only a facade meant to lull us into a false sense of security). I'm staying at a lovely hotel in Narita, and have made a few friends from all over the globe. My roommate is Jamaican, and is very friendly. We're similar in some ways (both dating men with similar names and we have names which can be shortened into similar sounding nicknames; Nikky and Riki), but ... read more
Me and Lunch
Imogen and Lunch
Eel spines

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita March 26th 2008

We were returning to California on Japan Airlines and our connection was in Japan. Because of the scheduling, we found ourselves with a 10 hour layover in Narita. Rather than spending all that time at the airport with nothing to do, we decided to see if we could pick up a one day tour of the area. We checked at the information desk and found no short tours available. Speaking only English, we were a little nervous about leaving the airport without a guide but decided to give it a try. We hit the ATM and got some Yen, managed to get tickets and proceeded to the train platform. There were a few signs that had enough English for us to get on the right train, we proceeded to board and find a seat as ... read more
Narita street
A market in Narita
Narita street

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita January 26th 2008

Die ein Stunde verbrachte ich auf einer Bank in der Ankunftshalle des Airports. Als ich kurz auf Klo ging, meinen Rucksack mitnahm und mein Waegelchen vorm kloh stehn lies haben sie es mir natuerlich gleich geklaut bzw sie haben es weggeraumt. Puenkltich um 1415 stand ich an der Busshaltestelle. Der Buss fuhr und ich zeigte mein ticket dem "schaffner" der nickt und riss einen Teil davon ab. Dann uebergab ich mein Gepack einem der Gebpaekheinies, die Japaner haben wirklich fuer alles einen Menschen ich wette sogar die tonband aufnahem auf der Rolltreppe in der Ubahn sind in wirklichkeit nette damen die immer und immer wieder das gleiche ins Mikro plapper. Ich stieg in den Buss und schmiss meine Korper neben eine Japanischen geschaeftsmann der nur kurz guckte und mich den rest der fahr die nur ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita August 17th 2007

Note: Des photos ont ete ajoutees dans le message d'hier. Aujourd'hui, on a visite un peu la ville de Narita, la ou nous avons passe la nuit. On a vecu un peu les effets du decalage horaire, car on s'est couche a 20h00 et on s'est reveille en plein milieu de la nuit. Ne pas avoir de bagages a ses inconvenients, comme le fait de devoir s'essuyer avec une debarbouillette apres la douche, mais comme il fait tellement chaud, c'est pas trop grave d'etre un peu mouille. Par contre, c'est tellement pratique de se promener avec juste un petit sac! On a presque pas hate de ravoir notre gros sac a dos. A Narita, on s'est d'abord prommener un peu sur la rue Omotesando. Il s'agit d'une mince rue pleine de petits magasins et de restaurants ... read more
Rue de Narita
Rue Omotesando
Tortue dans le lac

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita August 16th 2007

Eh oui, nous sommes finalement arrives apres quelques peripeties... Tout d'abord, hier en verifiant sur internet, nous avons vu que notre vol Toronto-Tokyo etait avance d'une demi-heure, faisant en sorte que notre correspondance a Toronto soit un peu serree... Comme nous sommes arrives pas mal en avance a l'aeroport, nous avons demande a avancer notre vol, pour prendre le Montreal-Toronto de 10h au lieu de 11h... Finalement, nous avons eu une place sur celui de 9h! Il etait a ce moment 8h25 environ... Donc nous avons pas mal courru pour prendre ce vol! Nous sommes tout de meme arrives a Toronto sans autre probleme. Nous avons eu en masse le temps de visiter l'aeroport, puis de manger en attendant notre vol. Ce vol la aussi s'est deroule sans probleme. Les 13h ont paru plus courtes que ... read more
Grands lacs
Train vers Narita
Carrefour a Narita

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita August 10th 2007

Hello everybody. Finally here!!! Japanese keyboards are the hardest things in the world to work, so you will have to bear with me while I try to type properly. I only have 7 minutes left before I run out of internet too, so it's gonna get a bit messy. I could type in Japanese if you wanted to... 部tIドン:t運でrs短dうぁt位t亜. Anyways, that probably didn' work. We had a good flight, when we got here there was a bit of a mixup because everybody had told us there would be somebody waiting for us holding a sign with our name on it, and when we did actually arrive there was nobody. It:s (You need to hold down the shift key to get an apostrophe and I just don:t want to anymore) pretty daunting when you:re in the middle of ... read more




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