Adventures & Insights

One man's adventures in the physical and intellectual worlds…

Teaching (and learning) in Japan

As I mentioned in my intro, I’ve set up this blog to write about my travels. I have to admit that I’ve been a late starter in the travelling arena but it’s my goal to get out and about in the World and experience as much as I possibly can.

I’ve always been a curious and somewhat foolhardy adventurer, finding great pleasure and excitement in going to new places and trying new things. As I grew up my curious nature didn’t subside, but it was tempered slightly by the trappings of being an adult. Still, my wanderlust overcame me and in 2002, at 26 years of age, I took the chance of a lifetime and began a teaching job in Japan!

Having never been out in the World as an adult before, my first trip overseas (and a working one at that!) proved to be a highly exciting and challenging adventure. I’d studied Japanese at high school, but had retained very little of the language and even though the Japanese people are perhaps the friendliest and most patient people in the World, I was still extremely apprehensive whenever I had to approach someone to ask for anything. Luckily for me, the people I met were always very eager to practise their English, so I was more than happy to oblige them!

For me, working in Japan is still the single best experience I’ve ever had. I learned so much about myself and others, about culture through immersion and about how much fun can be had when you step outside your own comfort zone and open yourself up to the goodwill of others.

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