Japan from My Eyes
Anonymous said: Not sure if you use this tumblr anymore, but I'm a new JET heading to Toyooka in August and was wondering how essential is having a car? And if it gets really cold in your apartment over the winter months?

Oh, seriously? Wow, welcome to Toyooka!! (Hahaha, I really should update this tumblr!) I personally think it’s really handy to have a car here. It’s a bit expensive to rent (about 40,000 yen every month - that is including insurance by the way - from one particular place) but I love it. You won’t need it to commute to school but getting out around Tajima (northern Hyogo) or even further away, it’s convenient to have. But at the same time, there ARE trains in many areas. 

On the matter of coldness…YES. It will get cold. Sometimes to the point where it’s colder in your apartment than outside. It’s pretty ridiculous. My pipes have never frozen so that’s a blessing. ^^;; Japan doesn’t have central heating in most of their homes soooo, you will need a space heater. It’s less expensive than running your air conditioner (which does have a heating function).

Can I ask who your predecessor is? Also, If you have Facebook, we could be friends if you’d like and I can start introducing you to the people who live around here! (I’d rather not publish my full name on tumblr so next time, please go off anon or send me your name please!) See you in August!

23 May 2014    Reblog    
The latest item at the local game center. I don’t like polo shirts but I am so very tempted…

The latest item at the local game center. I don’t like polo shirts but I am so very tempted…

raissaonmars:

4年前ここで素晴らしい一年間を過ごした。Four years ago, I spent a wonderful year here. #青山学院大学 #留学生 #思い出#aoyamagakuinuniversity #exchangestudent #memories

raissaonmars:

4年前ここで素晴らしい一年間を過ごした。Four years ago, I spent a wonderful year here. #青山学院大学 #留学生 #思い出#aoyamagakuinuniversity #exchangestudent #memories

raissaonmars:

A haunted house in Sasayama! It was fun but not very scary.

raissaonmars:

A haunted house in Sasayama! It was fun but not very scary.

raissaonmars:

Delicious snack, unnecessarily long explanation of Japanese sweets…

raissaonmars:

Delicious snack, unnecessarily long explanation of Japanese sweets…

raissaonmars:

#出石 #お盆

Obon Dancing Festival in Izushi

raissaonmars:

#出石 #お盆

Obon Dancing Festival in Izushi

Reminds me of the head guys in Spirited Away

Reminds me of the head guys in Spirited Away

Really interesting statues here

I love these beanies

On our way up to Daisho-in Temple

On our way up to Daisho-in Temple

silhuettes said: Hello! I'd like to ask you something you might not be able to answer, but still... Do you know any other exchange sites that maybe include other countries? Also, how old were you in 2009? And finally, is it worth it to try and live there in the future even if there isn't an easy way to go as an exchange student?

Hmmm….I honestly don’t know anything about exchange programs in other countries since I only did an exchange in Japan.

But in 2009, I was 20. 

When you say, “there,” you mean Japan, right? I don’t know you well enough to advise you on whether it’s worth trying to live in Japan or not. Japan, of course, has its share of ups and downs, like any other place in the world. I personally think it has been worth it to live here because I love Japan. And yet at the same time, I don’t see myself living here forever.

9 August 2013    Reblog    
This tricycle seems backwards…

This tricycle seems backwards…

My deer friends…

My deer friends…