Sunday, June 15, 2014

I have a Confession to make.

That sounds rather dramatic, doesn't it? It's nothing bad though, just an update about my personal life that I thought might be interesting to share.

A while ago I mentioned my struggle to get a job and joked about shipping myself off to Japan.

Well... about that... the joke sort of became... a reality.

Since August of last year (2013), I have been living and working in Osaka, Japan! I am an Assistant Language Teacher (if you know the JET Programme, that's pretty much what I'm doing) for Elementary School. Hurrah! It's pretty exciting. And I can't believe it's almost been a year already.

What's great about my job, however, (other than my awesome kids) is that I am left with a lot of freetime between classes. I mean hours of freetime even after I finish making lesson plans and preparing materials for upcoming classes. And, I am allowed to read during this freetime (although I only realized it was okay, recentely).

My Kindle and I have become best friends to say the least, and this blog has become very active!

It feels great to have time to read again.

P.S. If you guys ever have any questions about Japan, feel free to ask! I may not have all the answers, but I can try.


Nicole Hewitt said...

How exciting!! Glad you found something you love!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Juli Rahel said...

That's absolutely amazing! How exciting that something you jokingly mentioned has actually being coming true for you! It must be great to both have a job but also have enough time to read after worrying about getting a job. I will definitely coming to you with Japan-related questions ;) Do you find yourself reading more Japan(-inspired) books?
Juli @ Universe in Words

Jillian Lopez said...

Sounds awesome! :D Happy for you!!

Jillian @ Jillian's Books

Sam said...

@Nicole and Jillian: Thank you! I'm pretty stoked I'm actually here.

@Juli: I don't get paid the most, but at least I'm able to support myself and that lets a load off my back like no other @_@

As for your question, I think the type of book I really became interested in reading as soon as I learned I was coming over are memoirs of foreigners living in Japan. I like reading about how people deal with the clash of cultures. I've also been reading more Japanese Comics lately as they are much cheaper to buy here, more readily available and it's the best way to practice reading Japanese.

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