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By Cece Chu | 13th January 2016 | No Comments
Leaving JET?

It’s been about four months since I’ve left Gunma after my year on JET. I’m currently working full-time at a private school teaching third grade as an aide, while also actively looking for the next step in my career. Finding a job is on everyone’s minds as they end their tenure in Gunma. I think about Japan pretty often, and came up with a list of things I wish I knew (and wish I did) while I was in Japan. Hopefully, this can help you in preparing to go back …

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By Greg Morrison | 1st December 2015 | 1 Comment
Not Recontracting? What to Do After JET

You’ve run out of ideas for warm up activities and you no longer get excited by 24-hour combinis. JTE small talk still isn’t getting any easier and, worryingly, you’re actually starting to like melonpan. Despite Japan feeling like a second home, you’re edging towards the dramatic conclusion that is “Stage 4.” It’s time to awkwardly decline that offer to recontract because, if you’re honest with yourself, you know it’s time to move on. Only one issue remains: what next?

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By Mitch Goddard | 27th November 2015 | No Comments
Tokyo’s Top Five Cafés

As I sit in the staffroom sipping my lukewarm, bitter, flavorless school drip coffee (because I’ve run out of the next best thing, Blendy sticks) I cast my mind back to my weekend in Tokyo… visiting amazing cafés, stylishly drinking macchiatos as if I was Kim Kardashian buying shoes at Louis Vuitton. If you’re feeling like me and (constantly) craving a decent coffee then here is my top five cafés to visit in Tokyo for a bloody decent coffee.

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By Pat Penny | 13th November 2015 | No Comments
Takasaki’s Top Three Ramen Shops

The temperature is steadily dropping here in Takasaki. As the crisp night air of fall makes way for the dreaded karakaze of winter only one thing can drag me from the warm confines of my apartment (or my kotatsu). Ramen.

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By Joshua Andrews | 19th August 2015 | 1 Comment
Rugby in Japan

World Cup rugby is just around the corner and warm-up games are already being played. As this year’s World Cup is being held in my home country (England) I thought it was high time that my friends in Gunma get a lesson on rugby.

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By Pat Penny | 6th August 2015 | 1 Comment

Think back to that magical moment when you first arrived in Japan. Spirits high, you take your first step out of the plane on a beautiful summer evening into a brave new world. A world full of opportunity, new friendships, humidity, sweat, and pit stains… You realize that jeans were a bad idea, and you wish you knew just how hot Japan really is before getting here.

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By Kristen Thorpe | 20th July 2015 | 3 Comments

All year I’ve been looking forward to my favorite GAJET event: The Mt. Fuji Climb. To get ready I’ve been running up and down the stairs at school during my free periods, and planning what to pack this year.

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By Jamie Ota (Updated 7/2015 by Sam Corpuz) | 8th July 2015 | No Comments

When JETs arrive in Japan, they are given a three year visa. This visa is good for three years as long as you do not leave your job or change professions. So the question is, what happens when you’re in your third year on JET and you have decided to continue your job for another year?

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By Dan Barhorst | 1st July 2015 | 1 Comment

America’s favorite past time is finally here, It’s baseball season! Baseball also happens to be extremely popular in Japan. Many of your students know and love the sport, and will often talk about their favorite teams and players. Let’s explore baseball in Japan together!

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By Samantha Corpuz | 28th March 2015 | No Comments

Warmer weather, longer days, and flowers in bloom… Spring is slowly making its way into Gunma! (Hallelujah!) Of all the flowers putting on a show this season, none quite compare in popularity to the sakura.