Archive for March, 2008

About the Gaijin

March 25, 2008

The Interview

Gaijin Tokyo is a blog dealing with the life of an English-as-a-second-language teacher with the JET Programme living in Japan. 

Here, I will write on the ins and outs of the life of a JET, working as a foreigner in Japan and the various oddities that are part-and-parcel of one of the world’s quirkiest countries.

 For a bit of background: I graduated from university in 2008 with a combined honours bachelor of arts in history and political science.  While attending university, I took several courses on Japanese history and culture, but sadly, was not able to take Japanese language classes due to our language faculty shutting down.  Prior to being hired by JET, I have worked as a steel-worker, train-brake assembler, baseball umpire and for my city’s newspaper, The Hamilton Spectator

I have been to Japan on three previous occasions, and definitely would recommend that you visit as well. 

Finally, I would be happy to answer any questions you have on the JET Programme, or on Japan in general.


 P.S. A word on the blog’s name: it’s a play on gaijin (which sounds roughly like ‘guy in’), meaning I’m both a foreigner, and a ‘guy in’, Tokyo…well, near-ish to Tokyo.