Hello English!


My calendar officially began taking reservations for lessons~

After 4 hours I got my FIRST lesson!!!

I’m so nervous/excited! Is there a word for this exact feeling? No?

I hope it goes really well!!!

I think the “norm” is for students to first interview with a teacher (20 mins) and then later reserve them for a lesson. And I just got scheduled for a 55 minute lesson off the bat. But oh well….my life has never been very “normal” anyway.

The lesson is on Saturday!

So here I go…..about to take my first step into the official English tutoring/teaching world…….hopefully there’s stairs and it’s not a cliff. (Pardon my lame joke)

Are you Japanese? Do you need an English tutor?

Well here’s my link! (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)


BTW my besties decided the dates of their visit from Japan!!!! PURE JOY I FEEL!

Can you believe it world? I just got that much closer to becoming an expat.

“Are you listening? Whoever you are?” – Julie and Julia

I’ll try my best!!!




I have been emailing some online companies about tutoring Japanese students in English over skype.

And I now have an interview with an American company on Friday.

SOOOOOOOOO hopefully I get hired. I love being a waitress, because of the restaurant I work at. Everyone is very nice and the food is AWESOME…..but…… if I could make around the same doing online tutoring and gaining more experience in the field I want to go into, I think I’ll quit my job.

When I started working at a restaurant I knew that I wanted to teach. Teaching and helping others with their English is my passion. So I hope that this will be a job that is something that will actually work out for me, and be a good opportunity.

I’m nervous and excited……but my interview is on Friday, so I’m going to try to remain calm and be myself!


This Aspiring Expat may be getting a step closer to my dream!


Otsu Prefecture


Pacific Media Expo 2014

I’m getting ready for it! I have like 16 days. I have so much costume stuff to do!!!!

Here is some of the things I am working on.





Congenital Cataracts

I am one of the 0.01% of the worlds population that has had it. Which means I am what you call an “aphakic

It means I am a person without lenses in my eyes so I have to wear special hard lens contacts, I also have 1/4 inch thick (at least) glasses I wear when not wearing contacts. And I wear reading glasses with my contacts.

It’s not something I like to talk about really, however, tomorrow I have another eye doctor appointment with my specialist.

And we will be discussing something that will HUGELY affect my life if I decide to go through with it.

My whole life I have been promised IOL’s when I turn 18. (Intra-ocular lens implants) >side note: now they implant babies and young children, when I was little they weren’t developed for younger children yet.

I am now 18. Which means if my doctor gives me the OK I can do it.

I went through the whole prep process before but it fell through because of me only being 17 and not being able to get LASIK after the IOL surgery because I also found out I have an astigmatism in my left eye. So I will need both the IOL and LASIK for my left eye.

I’ve been told that if I get the surgery my eyesight won’t be as good as it is with my contacts since they are so easily adjustable.


Have you ever:
woken up not seeing anything?
not recognized yourself in the mirror
gotten a migraine from wearing your glasses too long
taunted repeatedly because your eyes look “huge”

When I don’t have my contacts on….When I’m “blind” or even more so when I have my actual glasses on I feel so insecure. Like I want to just hide……I look down, my posture is bad, I can’t look people in the eyes.

I want to be confident always, like I am with my contacts on.

Well what’s the problem with contacts?

If you’ve ever worn hard lens contacts, (which I doubt few have cause I have yet met another person who has) you know why.
1.) they don’t breathe
2.) you have to worry constantly about losing them
3.) I have to wash them 8 times a day or more (no joke)
4.) easily irritated
5.) pop out
6.) have to carry solution, case, and glasses everywhere

So I have to weigh the pros and cons

And I have to make a decision myself.

I’m already at risk for glaucoma, and if I get IOL’s there is always the possibility of a “secondary cataract” and of course if there are complications I could go blind.

I won’t have complete vision for up to sometimes a year after surgery. I will have to wear a patch (kinda excited about that actually…..then I can talk like a pirate)

Of course I’m scared to death. But I think I want to do it. We will see after the appointment tomorrow though.

At 18…….I have to make the one of the biggest decisions of my life.

I’m just so worried if I do it, and I regret it

I’ve been promised this surgery my whole life. I have always looked forward to it…..but did I build it up too much? Is it blind optimism? (Didn’t even mean to make that a pun hahahahah)

If I lose my vision……I won’t ever be able to move to Japan…….so much weighs on one thing…..and that’s what scares me.




The picture of me is one I posted on Instagram……and that’s how aphakic groups found me. Mostly consisting of mothers of children who had or are still recovering from congenital cataracts.


Been talking to a teacher from my old high school who taught in Japan, got married there, and had his son there.

And he kinda boosted my spirits a little I think.

Gotta stay optimistic!!!

Researching more and more constantly. Apartment costs. Visa requirements. Schools.

Up next to research: tutoring fees in Japan, and the demand for pin stripers.

In other news…..I’m sad…..Japan is getting annihilated in soccer. I was sooooooo happy that my favorite soccer player Minamino Takumi from my favorite team Cerezo Osaka scored two goals over the Republic of Korea which ultimately won that game. But then of course….they had to play Brazil…….poops

Enjoy some pictures of Osaka in honor of the lovely Cerezo Osaka J1 League team!!!!





Reaching Out

I’m reaching out to ALL EXPATS IN JAPAN that would be willing to give me some advice.

I have a couple questions that i would love to personally ask, and NOT just “google” them

I’ve read numerous books, I’ve looked at websites etc.

And on  top of all that…..I know about 70 people currently living in Japan…..all of them being Japanese Nationals.

But who better to ask than actual expats who’ve gone through what I am right now

Here are a couple of my questions:

How much money do you reccommend saving before moving to Japan?

Do you reccommend applying for a work visa from your country of origin, or after you found a prespective job in Japan?

(If an English teacher….) What type of teaching job were you able to get with only a TEFL?

What type of visa did you apply for?

How long did the visa application process take?

Were you able to move to Japan BEFORE you were 20 years old? And IF SO, were you able to get a teaching job and/or rent an apartment?


Thank you!

Perhaps I want to teach at this school.....I loved walking by it. Surrounded by mountains, and rice paddies.

Perhaps I want to teach at this school…..I loved walking by it. Surrounded by mountains, and rice paddies.

The Waiting Game


Everyday that I go to school,

Everyday that I work,

I think:

I’m just that much closer

Everyday, that I am still in California I will continue to dream, but of course I don’t want to forget to live in today too.

I love where I live currently. It is absolutely beautiful and I try to appreciate it everyday.

It may be a waiting game, but I don’t get depressed because I haven’t achieved my goal yet….because isn’t the fun of getting somewhere the journey? The experience? The struggle?

I continue to work on my notebook of information.

I continue to study Japanese, learn more kanji, learn kansai-ben

I continue to save money, and I started a little cute thermometer chart for it. (Pictures to come)

So I’m not going to stress about not being in Japan yet.

I know I have friends there waiting for me. And I know I will be welcomed. So I’m actually very calm about it.

So, I’m going to enjoy this 80 degree beautiful, California coast day. Feeling the breeze, breathing the clean air, and look at some more lush trees. Because while I’m still here I want to enjoy it.

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Creative problem solving: Vending machine dispenses cans with 5 yen coins taped to them


This is amazing!!! Hahahahha yeah vending machines not allowing you to use 5 ¥ coins totally sucks. This is amazing. Especially since I love that peach drink!!

Originally posted on RocketNews24:


One cool thing about living in Japan is that, whether you’re in a bustling city or the open countryside, you’re never too far from a vending machine. True, you won’t find any canned ramen in many machines outside of Akihabara, but so long as there’s power to run one, you’re pretty much always within a few hundred metres of a machine selling both chilled and hot drinks.

We’ve seen some unusual things turning up in Japan’s vending machines over the years, but cans of peach soda with money taped to them is definitely a new one.

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Got back to the states August 1st.

Since then,

I have started my third and hopefully last year of college

I have gotten a job

I am about to turn 18 in tee minus 4 days?!? (October 3rd)

I’m saving money to move to Japan. I think I will start a counter to show how much I have and how much farther I have to go. sounds cool right?

3 of my friends are coming to visit me here in California in a couple months

And I am currently compiling a very かわいい (cute) notebook full of things I need I know for when I move.

My Trip To Japan

Was magnificent

I made even more friends, had a blast, learned a lot, and decided on the prefecture I want to move to…

And the winner is…….drumroll please!…….Shiga prefecture!!!

For those of you who don’t know where that is, it is right next to Kyoto and close to Osaka. Shiga also contains Japan’s largest lake: Lake Biwa (Biwako) and is known for their “Tanuki” statues (tanuki meaning raccoon)

I promise to post more.

Here are some pictures of Shiga prefecture….the letters spell out “welcome” we did it with fireworks (花火)

















Safe in Tokyo. More later. I’m whooped. 23 hours total of traveling. Heat and humidity are killer. As well as your warm sticky typhoon rain.