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BIG news - I'm off
« on: May 20, 2008, 06:09:29 pm »
This is basically the same post I just made in LJ, so...

I'm going to Japan! For a year!

I got a phone call the other day asking if I wanted to be promoted from reserve to the short-list. She told to to get back to them before the next day and after 5 or so minutes of thinking to myself I thought, 'What the hell? This is what wanted, isn't it?' and phone her straight back to say "Yes!"

To clear up any confusion, like for my dad, being on the short-list means I'm selected to go! I still don't know WHERE - there haven't confirmed that with any one yet - but I'm going. A whole year in Japan, starting from 26th July when I'm flown out from Heathrow to Narita.

Part of me is scared, part of me excited, a huge part of me is incredibly nervous. There's so much planning to do in the next few weeks. Had a medical, had a police check, gotta sort my money out, gotta buy proper clothes, gotta cut my hair... short!! (I have no idea what style I'm gonna have it - whatever, it'll be weird feeling air on my neck again.) Also, I must attend a couple of days orientation in London on 2nd & 3rd July, so some may hear from me begging for a temporary home again. At the orientation we'll be given brief Japanese lessons and materials, and lessons/mats on how to be an assistant teacher. Considering my teaching qualification and two years of Japanese lessons I can't screw this stage up TOO much...

Once in Japan, I've read we're put in a swanky hotel in Shinjuku, close to an extensive conference hall where we'll be giving another orientation on how to live in Japan, before being sent off to our respective prefectures. But that's a while away.

When I'm there my first priority will be to locate the nearest Internet cafe and I hope to be here whenever I can be, but obviously I'll be a busy little beaver with teaching and "raising international awareness" and won't have time to do much online, like moderating :(

So put it in your diaries, 26th July will be the day you'll have gotten rid of me, for quite a while.

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 06:15:53 pm »
Whoa damn!

So glad to hear it, because you first got rejected, if i remember correctly.

You must be siked :]]


Ill post again when the date comes more close ^_^

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 06:16:26 pm »
We'll miss you, but I think a congratulations is in order...

So congratulations. Enjoy yourself, but keep in touch ;)

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 06:53:03 pm »
fuck, thats incredible. when you do get the chance to post make sure you show us photos of the weird and wonderful things you're bound to encounter [:
good luck, and enjoy!

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 06:57:54 pm »
Sounds cool! Try to update us about your situation over there as often as you can!
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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008, 06:58:54 pm »
it'll be weird feeling air on my neck again.

Air? In Japan?!

Congrats.

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008, 08:12:43 pm »
Dude! Congrats man make sure you give a large portion of your day gawking and Japanese school girls!

Oh and enjoy the technology, teaching and raising awareness... and crazy psychadelic neon signs!
But if one day we meet together while I'm drunk, I promise you to draw a big group sex picture including a lot of forumites. :D

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2008, 08:21:58 pm »
Congrats and good luck there and have fun etc :)

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2008, 08:22:13 pm »
That is awesome, have fun in Japan!

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2008, 08:22:51 pm »
Wow. That's amazing; quite a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We'll all miss you here.

Keep us posted when you can. :P
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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2008, 08:59:39 pm »
Dude, that's awesome! Congratulations, and good luck to you! :D
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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2008, 09:02:01 pm »
Congratulations, fella.

Bring me back a cake, or how they say in Japan, a kawaii cake desu.

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2008, 10:43:41 pm »
Buy me a school girl outfit, please.

Haha, I think your disappearance is an early birthday present to me considering my birthday is the day after. Have fun, you lucky bastard!
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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2008, 12:20:35 am »
Thanks so much guys! ;D
I will be doing my very best to get on here... at least once a week, and I'll be sure to keep you updated.

I'll be looking at schoolgirls all day, though if I'm caught gawking with saliva running from my mouth I'd probably get fired. Same if I get caught buying schoolgirl outfits... And I think ke-ki will get stale in transit, I'll just have to eat it for you.

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Re: BIG news - I'm off
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2008, 12:41:21 am »
Nice nice indeed.

Japan is nice but I heard its not really a dreamland for foreigners who have intentions of living and working in Japan.
But since you're off only for a year, I hope you won't have any negative experiences.

And yeah, I think you'll find this helpful
Here is a neat Danny Choos article about work in Japan, and more about living in Japan.