The End of JET- Five Years in Japan

First off, thank you for reading and being a part of More Things Japanese. I started this blog back in 2010 to put some of my experiences into writing. It’s move around a bit and I’ve changed my posting schedule a few times to keep up with shifting work related activities, so I appreciate you sticking with me.  It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun sharing my experiences.

For the past 5 years I’ve been living and working in Okinawa with the JET Programme teaching English to elementary and junior high school students on Kitadaito and Kumejima.  Unfortunately, my time as a teacher has come to an end.

The JET Programme has a five-year limit, but there’s good news.  On July 27th I started my 6th year in Japan and I will be changing jobs at the end of the month.  I am in the process of moving house, which is why this post is so late, but I will work to continue to bring you interesting posts on Japanese culture, food, and photography, not to mention… oops that’s for later this week!

I can say that I will be working for Xenesys, an engineering company on the cutting edge of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion on Kume Island.  I look forward to working with them to promote exciting new ways of creating renewable energy.

I thought I’d take a second to look back on some of my favorite posts over the last couple of years!

Favorite Recipe Post:

ChahanAdvanced Chahan – This recipe is similar to my most popular chahan recipe, but takes things to another level.  I don’t make this often, but it was a lot of fun to do.

Favorite Event Post:

Things We Make – Every year, older generations show the younger how to make things with simple tools. It’s an amazing way to share culture. I’m sad I missed this year!

Favorite Place Post:

34. Guesthouse and StonesHoko Garden – Perhaps one of my largest picture posts as well.  The gardens in Himeji were awesome and provided plenty of opportunities to practice my photography.  I’d love to go back in each season.

Favorite Culture Post:

Ceremony for a New House:  What do you do when you’re building a new house? It’s a serious business in Japan.



If you haven’t already, be sure to checkout my facebook page, where I’m reliving the past five years with a photo each day.  So far I’ve just finished up with 2009.

What’s your favorite post? I’d love to hear what post you’ve found most helpful or interesting.  If you can, take a few seconds and share in the comments!