Nice to meet you! はじめまして!
My name is Kendra and I’m a 20-something Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Ibaraki Prefecture, JAPAN!!!
If you want to know what it’s like for an American living abroad for the first time (also my first time even leaving the country!) you’ve come to the right place! And if you want to know more about teaching in Japan’s public schools, I work in both Jr. High and Elementary School here and have a degree in Elementary Education from my school in California; studying international educational systems in college is a part of what brought me here in the first place. As such, I’m more than happy to oblige with answering questions and creating posts about my observations while teaching here!
I hope to show you around Japan as I travel and give you some insight into why I’ve so completely fallen in love with the people and the culture here as well as to describe a few things that have proven to be a bit rocky. After all, when you move to a place halfway around the world that’s so different culturally from where you started with almost no knowledge of the language beforehand, not everything can run super smooth!
But have no fear, let’s all cheer, and ask Kendra a question! (Corny, sorry…. Kind of.) In all honesty I’m never happier than when a reader comments or emails with a dozen questions, it is after all a huge reason I became a teacher. I’ve always loved sharing everything I know so you can go and discover even more! Anything from American culture to teaching lessons or strategies to Japanese culture and locales and language learning materials to how to plan your short/long/medium trip to Japan, I’ve got you covered or can find you a reliable (that’s rather important, darn Wikipedia…) answer.
So read, explore and subscribe if you want to continue on this adventure with me, I’m glad to have you! The more the merrier I always say!
Let’s go! 行きましょう!
I look forward to Exploring with you! よろしくおねがいします!
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Hey! How’s it going in japan?!
Pretty good so far! I just got internet (finally!) so I can start putting up posts again! :)