JET Programme – JET Stories from Japan

Thousands of these stories litter the internet. On this page we try to pull together a quick smattering of samples for your reading pleasure. If you would like to submit a story please do so by the contact page 

Some Quick Links…

The Ghosts Of Dead FishThe Five Levels Of Drinking
O-Yuki, Or The Fine Art Of Coping With Cold Niigata WeatherA Cow Fell From Where!?
Are We There Yet? A Pilgrimage To Fuji-SanToilets, Smoking And Cults
It’s English Jim, But Not As We Know It…Ode To My Jitensha
A Day in the life of an ALT 

Stories from Canadian JETs:

Tomek Ziemba  Sonia Saikaley  Odelia Bay

Climbing Mount Evil

Recently a group of 16 JETs and extras gleefully set off to experience the wonder that is Fuji. We left early on Saturday morning for a long bus ride. Our spirits were high. We laughed, we joked, we bought our Onigiri and Pocky’s at the truck stops. Life was looking swell.

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Turning Japanese

When I boarded the plane at Heathrow back in July 1999, I knew I was leaving Britain for good. And now it’s official...

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Japan, Foreigners and the Unspoken Contract

“One of the biggest obstacles I, and the foreigners around me faced while living in Japan was the inability to be recognized as part of the Japanese society. Regardless of how much we studied the language and culture, regardless of how hard we tried to conform to the Japanese way of life, regardless of how well we adhered to Japanese etiquette and manners, regardless of how “Japanese” we became, we were always assigned a position “outside” of the Japanese population….

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Love in Japan

I remember the orientation in Tokyo. A newly found British friend and I, brought closer by several G&Ts at the British Consul, where discussing the merits of the Japanese….

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Revenge on the Elections Vans!

I have a great deal of problems with these bloody loud erection (sic) vans. However, vengence is mine.

The weekend before last I was up in inaka for a round of golf and drinking with my buddy who’s gone local. We had a few cans around the course and were pretty well gone by the 18th hole. We get back to town on the bus and an election van and their posse of supporters are parked near the eki. So we sidle up for a chat which after some introductory paff goes like this

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The Love Hotel

I recently experienced the leisurely delights of a Japanese style ‘Love Hotel’. I assure you, my main purpose for the visit was strictly an investigative one, after hearing many stories from fellow foreigners and of course after perusing the mass of literature on the curious phenomenon that is the Japanese ‘Love Hotel’…

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One JETs experience

Quick summary: I’m a first-year JET in a big city. I was arrested on a false charge of shoplifting and put in jail for six days. I was advised/ordered to sign a confession, which I eventually did; then I was released. Though they knew the truth (I am innocent) the Board of Education fired me, for reasons no one knows, but it’s likely that it was to save face in one way or another….

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My Life with the Nanking Massacre

The desk that I was given, when I first arrived, was, as I was told it would be, off in the far corner, with the desks of the part-time and temporary teachers. “In Siberia,” I would joke; but actually, I kind of liked it. It was close to both the computers and the tiny little lounge/sofa area, so if I didn’t feel like working, it was easy to discreetly do something else. I was out of the way of the bustle and activity of the shokuin, part of the group and yet blessed with a bit of privacy. “My corner.” Yeah, I liked it…

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Get Lupin

When I first came to Japan as an ALT on JET I was bright and enthusiastic. Unlike some other JETs I had some experience of life in Japan after having studied for a year or so at a Japanese university and majoring in Law and Japanese back home in the UK…

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JET Orientation – Circa 1988 (or what I can remember of it)

The year: 1988. The place: Japan. The cast: the largest invasion of Gaijin since 1945.

About 20 to 30 of us arrive at Narita – we are by far the largest group of JET arrivees from the US. We unfold our selves out of the economy seats, I say good bye to cute flight attendant (stewardesses back then). I am one of the very few who actually knows Narita, but we’ve arrived at a different terminal – and it’s night. Sudden confusion – all eyes look to me – I know in my heart some of us will not make it through the experience… we burst through the doors…

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…and lots more stories here at Big Daikon including the one about JETs who get fired