moshetei:

pumpkinkitten:

a-type:

hotmesssensei:

This Is Not High School, Girl.

bar the fact that i actually teach at a high school.

new video desu.

This video is pretty great. I know a lot of my followers are new-ish ALTs who might still be trying to find here they fit in in their new life (and social life), and there is so much pressure to be ‘with the group’ and take part in all of these ALT/foreign specific events and social circles… even when a lot of those people will be obnoxious assholes people who you have nothing in common with.

When he talks about thinking, “I would never let someone treat me this way”, it really struck a chord. 

You aren’t required to participate in ALT/JET events. You aren’t required to spend time trying to appease people who don’t mesh with you, or worse, don’t respect you. Have standards. The fact that you’re both ALTs in the same area, or both American, or both English speakers, or whatever doesn’t mean that you have any obligation to be around them.

When I realized this, my life changed… for the better. I’m better than that. You’re better than that!

this video & subsequent commentary is really important for me to hear.

I’m reblogging this again because the commentary is so spot on. 

JET friendships can be really great, but they can also be really damaging. Learning to be alone was a process that took me months, and stressed me out constantly (and still occasionally stresses me out), but it has been worth it. I feel happier with the interactions I do have, and happier about my life in Japan. 

I’m really excited about this dialogue! It’s very true and a very important aspect of JET (and any program or job that you may be doing in Japan).

Student council elections are not joke! There was an assembly where each candidate had to give a speech and before their speech another student gave a speech stating why they supported the candidate. The gymnasium looked like a voting center!

I fell asleep during the speeches. Teehee.

This “chime” plays about four time a day. In summer at 6:30am or 7:00(?) in winter, noon, late afternoon and at 9pm. It’s super effing loud!!!! Even though the loud speaker is literally across the street from my house, it’s not too loud if your inside. I walked out right when it started and i felt like I was going to bleed from my ears. Oh my Japanese countryside life!

ramandab-daisuki:

Haagen-Dazs Pumpkin Ice Cream Review 

Fall is right around the corner and Japan sure loves it’s seasonal goodies, so here is a little review of a pumpkin-flavored ice cream that has popped up in conbinis around the country! 

We may not have Starbucks` Pumpkin Spice Latte, but we got that Haagan-Dazs Pumpkin Ice Cream! 
(I promise…this the last video this week!)

officialmillerhighlife:


everchanginghorizon:

Another species to be added to the ever-growing tick-list:

Africa’s Western Black Rhino has been officially declared EXTINCT. Poaching and lack of conservation have led the subspecies of black rhino to extermination, while the Northern White Rhino is ‘teetering on the brink of extinction’.

    Way to go, humanity.

what’s sad is hardly anyone fucking cares or wants to hear about it let alone talk about it

officialmillerhighlife:

everchanginghorizon:

Another species to be added to the ever-growing tick-list:

Africa’s Western Black Rhino has been officially declared EXTINCT. Poaching and lack of conservation have led the subspecies of black rhino to extermination, while the Northern White Rhino is ‘teetering on the brink of extinction’.

    Way to go, humanity.

what’s sad is hardly anyone fucking cares or wants to hear about it let alone talk about it

Reblogged from rinda-rinda