Anonymous said: Are you authentic Japanese? Whats it like there! Is this account even active :o

Are you authentic Japanese?
Nope, I’m counterfeit Japanese. My parents are from Hong Kong, but I was born in Australia. Japanese people look at my generic Asian face and think that I’m one of them…right up until I say something.

Whats it like there!
Seriously though, that’s a pretty open question that doesn’t have a simple straight-forward answer. If you flick through a bunch of random posts on this tumblr, you should have a pretty good idea of what life is like in Sapporo.
This tumblr and this tumblr are also written by people living in Sapporo right now.

Is this account even active :o
Nope, I left Japan and went back to Australia in August 2012.

Counting Days, Starting Now

Booked my leave, booked my air tickets, and booking it to Austin!

Come ooonnn January

Damn, this video is giving me flashbacks. (Extra points if you know what the last line means!)

Epilogue - One Month Later

It’s been just over a month since I’ve come home.

After a slightly rocky start, things are gradually falling back into a routine, and I feel a little more grounded after doing things like spending some time with old friends and eating familiar foods. I still miss my old lifestyle back in Japan, but it was time to move on. I’m uncertain about the future, but I think I’m ready.

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The End(?)

Well, that’s it - my two years of being an ALT in Japan are finally up. I have a couple of other posts up my sleeve, but you can consider this my closing statement.

It’s been a great experience and it has gone by all too quickly. So many people, so many memories. I’d do it all over again, no questions asked.

If you’re thinking of doing the same, take stock of your options and take into consideration what happens after JET. Then go for it. JET is not a magic bullet that will solve all your problems once you get in. JET educates you as much as you are educating others. JET tests you. And, in a best case scenario, JET enables you to become something better than you were. At the very least, you’ll leave the country a wiser person for it.

Thanks for following.

Sapporo’s bicycle graveyard. 

Pizza chips…and pizza soba?


- Kuuki yomenai (or simply abbreviated to “KY”) literally translates to “can’t read the air”. It is usually applied to people who are unable to read social situations.