Got Dictionary Envy?

I got this last weekend…   Could have spent a pound less for no slipcase! It’s a rather huge (that’s A3 paper!) Japanese-English dictionary published by Kenkyusha in 1986, for 8000 yen (I dread to think what that translates to in contemporary pounds). According to a stamp in the front it once belonged to the …

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Applied for JET

It was pretty last-minute this year (well apart from making the list on my phone months ago!), but I have applied for the JET programme again. This involves going to work in Japan for a year as an assistant language teacher. Almost all of the participants are from English-speaking countries and teach English in schools …

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JET medical form

*changes keyboards* ahh this ones much softer for typing with. But the keys are all in the ‘wrong’ places now, prepare for spelling mistakes! Anyway an important part of the JET application progress is the medical form. This comes in two parts, the Self Assessment and the Statement of Physician. The UK JET website says …

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Masa-kun

Went to see this guy in Cambridge last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dhTzW98nDo  I have been told just posting the URL will make it a Youtube embed automatically. I’m not very confident Edit: What a surprise. It was a joint event organised by the Anglo-Japanese Society and the Anime Society (oh dear…). So obviously lots of tunes from …

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Pictures from antique books about Japan

  I mainly collect antique British comics, story papers and boys’ adventure books. But I also have a small collection of old books about Japan. My favourite historical period is the 1890’s to World War 1, and in that time Japan and Britain were close allies. In fact their alliance was the first proper one …

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Started applying for JET again

Let’s see what happens this time around eh? I think I’ve improved my application chances a little, by… – Joining a Japanese cultural exchange society – Learning more of the language – Taking ‘proper’ classes in it too (ought to sound better!) – Giving my university proper instructions on ‘authenticating’ the degree transcript I need. …

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