“The memory of getting to Japan is hazy. One day I was an animal rights activist in Los Angeles, and the next I was on my way to Taiji to help save dolphins. But I believe I was meant to be here.”
Whenever I went to art galleries in Japan – the hole-in-the-walls, not the epic institutions – I would look at videos or photographs and become immensely bored. It just seemed like a bunch of people goofing off around the house. Little did I know that this was, in fact, a movement.
One of the challenges of living in Japan was a permanent, awkward sense of imbalance in my relationships. It seemed that I, and everyone around me, was simultaneously needy and aloof. Continue reading
The centerpiece of your JET application is The Statement of Purpose, or SOP. It’s the one-page letter where you get to say everything you want JET to know. It’s also, shockingly, the only chance you’ll have to prove that you can actually speak English. Continue reading
When I started applying for JET in 2010, there was plenty of terrible advice about what JET wanted. Here are a couple of the rumors that, in hindsight, made absolutely no sense: