The owner of my favorite okonomiyaki place who also owns the tapas bar I had my birthday at felt bad he was unable to be there during my birthday party so he threw me a mini birthday celebration when I stopped by for okonomiyaki tonight, almost a month after my actual birthday. 

I’m so humbled by the kindess I receive from people in this country and how thoughtful they are sometimes. These tiny gestures mean the world to me. I’m so blessed to have such awesome people in my life.

Edit: I should also mention he messaged me thanking me for stopping by- no really thank you for the best okonomiyaki I’ve ever had in my life.

The owner of my favorite okonomiyaki place who also owns the tapas bar I had my birthday at felt bad he was unable to be there during my birthday party so he threw me a mini birthday celebration when I stopped by for okonomiyaki tonight, almost a month after my actual birthday.

I’m so humbled by the kindess I receive from people in this country and how thoughtful they are sometimes. These tiny gestures mean the world to me. I’m so blessed to have such awesome people in my life.

Edit: I should also mention he messaged me thanking me for stopping by- no really thank you for the best okonomiyaki I’ve ever had in my life.
I ended up in a tiny bar drinking whiskey colas with a bunch of teachers from my visit school while a local group covered the Beatles and I have no idea how this happened, but this is my life in Japan.

I ended up in a tiny bar drinking whiskey colas with a bunch of teachers from my visit school while a local group covered the Beatles and I have no idea how this happened, but this is my life in Japan.

Today’s Kyuushoku: bean stew, broccoli corn peanut mix, bread, strawberry jam, milk. 

Today I learned bro sensei is a garbage disposal and will eat everything and anything, Kyuushoku tends to loop - so that is why all the meals seem to look familiar. 

However this one was a favorite— I gladly will eat it again any time.

Today’s Kyuushoku: bean stew, broccoli corn peanut mix, bread, strawberry jam, milk.

Today I learned bro sensei is a garbage disposal and will eat everything and anything, Kyuushoku tends to loop - so that is why all the meals seem to look familiar.

However this one was a favorite— I gladly will eat it again any time.

Three steps forward, One Step back …

I have recently started study Japanese semi-seriously. I have a lot of desk time and instead of browsing facebook, reddit, tumblr I decided to force myself to study for minimum one hour, and on days when I have nothing else to do, I’m able to study for at least three in a straight shot. 

However it really bugs me that one of my coworkers sees me studying daily, yet has no problem talking about me to another coworker in Japanese and using adjectives with a negative connotation.

You see me studying a lot, I can understand you…

I don’t get it. 

Anonymous:

Hey! I've been following your blog since you got to Japan. It's really cool to hear about your life there and Hiroshima sounds so awesome and it's made me think that I really want to do JET!!! My only worry is I'm worried about being away my boyfriend for a year or more. I think i read on your blog that you have a boyfriend? How do you cope?!?!?!


Hey Anonymous-

Sorry it actually took me so long to get back to you, this message got buried in my ASK folder.  If you really want to do JET I highly advise going for it. I’ve learned so much about not only Japan, Japanese language, culture but also myself. 

My boyfriend and I actually broke up semi-recently. However please don’t let that discourage you - but be weary that it is extremely difficult to maintain a long distance relationship, especially when you have no idea when you are going to return.  In my case, one year quickly turned to two, and two is  very likely to turn into three. 

Being in Japan does funny things to you, especially when it comes to missing significant others, friends, family and of course pets. If you do make it to JET, I suggest focusing on what is going on around you and not getting too caught up on being homesick and missing things from home. After all, JET is very temporary. 

The Accidental Enkai?

All the second year teachers took all the second year students on a trip to Hokkaido. As an ALT I didn’t go, because let’s be real - I’d be completely lost and useless on a trip done 100% in Japanese. Not to mention, typically ALTs do not go on these school trips.  

In true Japanese fashion there will be an enkai (work party) celebrating the trip, kind of ”YAY WE SURVIVED AND NOBODY DIED” party, and babe sensei chased me out the door to give me a flyer inviting me to the party… because one wasn’t one in front of me during morning meeting.

Only one of the dates suggested actually work for me since they’re all around Halloween, and in true Maia fashion I have tons of things planned, but the fact that someone is making sure I know I am invited (even though I didn’t even go on the trip) really means the world to me. Not to mention, If the one date I can go somehow gets picked, I’m totally down to go and drink with babe sensei and really practice my Japanese. Maybe this is the key to getting invited out more? 


Let me just say, as a foreigner living in Japan-  iherb has changed my life. They offer a variety of health supplements and beauty products as well as a decent grocery section (mostly health food, but overall it’s very inexpensive).  I get all my vitamins shipped to me as well as grocery goodies of things that are hard to find here or a brand I like. — (Here’s the haul I was gifted for my 24th Birthday from my lovely mother) Not to mention $4 shipping to Japan!  I’m sure most JETs on here already know about iherb, but in case you don’t - Here’s my PSA. — If you use my promo code BDC338 on your first order it saves you $5-$10 so that’s like getting free shipping, and they also have a cash on delivery option! 
Homesickness is starting to hit, and having your favorite food always helps.PS: I am obsessed with that Salsa, only one is in the picture- but I totally ordered 3. 

Let me just say, as a foreigner living in Japan-  iherb has changed my life. They offer a variety of health supplements and beauty products as well as a decent grocery section (mostly health food, but overall it’s very inexpensive).  I get all my vitamins shipped to me as well as grocery goodies of things that are hard to find here or a brand I like. — (Here’s the haul I was gifted for my 24th Birthday from my lovely mother) Not to mention $4 shipping to Japan!

 I’m sure most JETs on here already know about iherb, but in case you don’t - Here’s my PSA. —

If you use my promo code BDC338 on your first order it saves you $5-$10 so that’s like getting free shipping, and they also have a cash on delivery option! 

Homesickness is starting to hit, and having your favorite food always helps.

PS: I am obsessed with that Salsa, only one is in the picture- but I totally ordered 3. 


Typhoon #19 - While It looks bad to see a huge chunk of Japan colored bright red, I am totally safe and prepared. So far only heavy rain and it’s slowly moving away— However all the trains are shut down — So  I’m in the middle of a Marvel Movie Marathon until tomorrow. Perfect three day weekend, is perfect. 

Typhoon #19 - 

While It looks bad to see a huge chunk of Japan colored bright red, I am totally safe and prepared. So far only heavy rain and it’s slowly moving away— However all the trains are shut down —

So  I’m in the middle of a Marvel Movie Marathon until tomorrow. Perfect three day weekend, is perfect. 

How are you?

  • Me: Today I am happy! Why do you think I'm happy?
  • Student: Are you going to Disneyland again?
  • Me: ....
  • I'm pretty sure I have my students at my visit school convinced I go to Disneyland weekly -- but real talk- hockey season started back up!

I just got handed my recontracting papers

Super early this year - with an even earlier due date.

Last year I didn’t get mine until January. This year it’s due January 5th.  Yikes.

I’m likely going to stay, but I’m going to hold off as long as possible to make that final decision.