Heading to Japan

Before heading out to Japan, the Nashville Consulate held a Pre-Departure Orientation where alumni of the program went over information such as budgeting, expectations, and a English teaching workshop. Afterwards, we went down to the lobby for a goodbye reception. There was a lot of good food, including sushi! I mingled around and met a JET alumnus who was part of the first year of the program in 1987. This year is the 30th anniversary of the program! When I was talking to him, I could tell how much the program had impacted his life. He had so many wonderful memories of his coworkers and the people in his community. It made me very excited to start my own JET adventure.

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Nashville Consulate JETs (photo courtesy of Tye Ebel, Nashville Consulate JET Coordinator)

The next day, our group headed off on our day of traveling. First, we caught a flight from Nashville to Dallas. Very smooth flight except for a funny ordeal. Before leaving I bought a new water bottle. The type with a straw inside and then there is a rubber top that you can open with a switch. When I tried to get a drink during the flight, a long stream of water shot out of the top! It even flew into the seats behind me. At first, I was so confused because I was still half asleep from a short nap. Once I realized I was getting soaked, I started laughing hysterically. Our final flight was then from Dallas to Tokyo (Narita Airport). The very LONG one. Thankfully, most of the flight was smooth except for some bumps. Colorado and Alaska were especially bumpy with that crazy summer turbulence. After 13 hours, I could finally see Japan in the distance.  Once we landed in Tokyo I realized that this was really happening. After months of waiting, I was finally back in Japan.

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FAQ

Hello! Welcome to my blog where I will record my travels in Japan. I thought it would be helpful to have a “frequently asked questions” as my first blog post.

1)  Who am I?

My name is Peyton Goodman. I recently graduated from Centre College with a major in International Studies with a concentration in Comparative Studies. I mostly focused on East and Southeast Asian affairs. Now, I am ready to take on the world!

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2) Have you been to Japan before? 

Yes! During my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Yamaguchi where I attended Yamaguchi Prefectural University. I had such a wonderful experience and made many wonderful friends. I am so thankful and excited to be able to return to Japan.

3) What will you be doing in Japan? 

I will be working as an Assistant Language Teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. I will be teaching English to elementary and junior high school students.

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4) How long will you be in Japan? 

My contract lasts for one year, but I might try to stay an extra year!

5) Where will you be living? 

I will be living in Hita, a city located in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu. When I studied abroad in Japan, I only went to southern Japan a few times. I am looking forward to exploring new cities. I will be adding more details about my new home once I get there.

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That is it for now! Only a few more days until I leave for Japan. I can’t wait for all of the new adventures that await me!