Hi there! I’m Julia.
In July 2017, I accepted an opportunity to work for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, which sends English speakers across the globe to various cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan to teach at public and private schools. If you want to read more about the program, or if you’re interested in applying, here’s the link to the JET Program’s website.
I was placed in a town called Minoh in Osaka Prefecture, about an hour from Osaka city. Minoh is known for being one of the best places in Japan to see the leaves change color to red during the fall. The word for red leaves in Japanese is 紅葉, or momiji, hence the name of this blog! Adjusting to life in Japan definitely came with its challenges, but I’m grateful to have been able to call Minoh, Japan my home for one year.
This blog is a written account of my attempts to adjust to a new country, a new culture, and a new chapter in my life from July 2017 to July 2018. I write about my day-to-day experiences in and outside of school, as well as my travels throughout the greater Kansai area. Thanks for stopping by!