Hi! I’m Christina – an Atlantic Canadian university graduate who was an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme from 2013-2015! As an ALT, I taught English to elementary and junior high school students in my little corner of Japan.
I started this blog in September 2012 to record my progress through the JET Programme application. In April 2013, I found out I was shortlisted, and I finally made the move to Japan in August 2013! I had an incredible two years living in Akita Prefecture, during which I used this blog as a journal of my experiences and as a way to keep in touch with my family and friends back home.
The title of this blog, “Falling for Japan,” was actually inspired by the kanji for the prefecture where I live: 秋田 (Akita), literally “autumn rice paddy.” From autumn, I got fall, then Falling… And I’ve found that Japan managed to make me fall a little bit more in love with it with (almost) every passing day. ;)