In this blog, I write about my adventures as an assistant English teacher in Japan. I want to take a personal approach to this blog, so I’m going to try to keep it as intimate and honest as possible. (So you’ll probably be able to tell what stage of culture shock I’m in.)

I am writing this for my friends and family, so that 1) they’ll know what I’m up to in my new life here in Japan, and 2) perhaps people can get a glimpse of what it’s like to move to and work in another country.

About Me

My name is Megan, but my friends call me El.

I grew up in California and received a BA in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. I’d never been out of the United States before (actually, I’d never even been off the continental U.S.), so living in Japan is a ginormous change.

(Sweet, I managed to use “ginormous” in my About page. +8 Charisma.)

I’ve been interested in Japan since I was in middle school, when I began to read manga and watch anime. Many of my friends were Japanese Americans, so I got a taste of Japanese culture early on. In high school, I decided to study Japanese for my language requirement, which was only possible because my hometown has a large Japanese community.

Thank you! Come adventure with me!

Disclaimers & Copyright

I put a lot of my own photography and art on this blog. All images belong to me, unless otherwise specified. Please do not take or use the pictures from this blog for your use or other distribution. Thank you.


2 Responses to About

  1. John says:

    Hi El! If you still get emails from this, I’d like to ask you a question about the JET Program. I was just shortlisted and need some advice!

    • Hi John! I do still get e-mails from this. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

      And I was shortlisted, too! The way I remember it, they e-mailed me to say I was shortlisted. I replied, kinda like a very brief post-interview thank you letter, and it only took them a few weeks to bump me up.

      Fire away!

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