I’m starting to feel left out with all of these announcement posts lately.
Blogs shutting down, hiatus announcements, new blogs, old blogs re-emerging, future blog plans, yearly recaps, all that.
Well, me too.
In addition to my recap of the year…
I have my own announcements!
Naturally, I’ve kept some cards up my sleeve for just this moment.
A real ace that I’ve been saving.
But first, let’s get a song in here because I’m always one to share the latest tracks I’m listening to on YouTube. This one is very beautiful. I love the slow beginning that moves into an amazing chorus with some powerful vocals. I don’t know what that effect is called that they use on the vocals during the chorus but I love it.
And that song was actually my announcement.
See you all next ti-
One of these days though, I am going to end my post just like that.
I keep warning you all, it’s going to happen. Maybe 2020 will be the year.
Anyways let’s get to those announcements already.
Japan, Here I Come!
By announcements, I actually mean announcement, because there is only one.
I will be moving to Japan next year to teach English! As someone who has jumped many office and warehouse jobs in the past several years, I’m jumping once again, this time to Japan. This is something I’d been working towards for the better part of this year.
Let me tell you all the story of how it all happened…
Early 2019 I was working as an inventory analyst for a company. I was chatting with one of the guys in sales and he told me about when he had worked in Japan as a ski instructor. That was when the seed was first planted. Whenever I’d feel frustrated about my job, which was quite often, there was always this little voice in my head that would say “Why don’t you just ditch all of this and go teach English in Japan?”.
Reason for teaching is that this is the most common job for a native English speaker like me to get there. The next most common after teaching English is programming, which I can’t do.
Anyways, it was like that for several months. I’d even mentioned it a few times in frustration to my family: “I’m just going to drop everything and go to Japan to teach English”. But even I wasn’t seriously considering it at the time. However, it really was only a matter of time. My job was very frustrating, as management’s expectations were too high and whenever I’d meet those they would put them higher. It was the kind of job that just grated on me, day in and day out. I was always the punching bag and one to blame for many things, even though I had made improvements every single month and reduced inventory variances every month consistently since I started.
Eventually, that little voice had become much more frequent. I began amusing it and looking into the idea here and there, reading stories of foreigners living in Japan… things like this. It really started to get me interested in the prospect.
Now, as a Christian, I pray every night before I go to sleep. And one Friday night, in March I believe, Japan was at the forefront of my mind and prayers. I always ask God for guidance in my life, but this night I asked specifically for guidance in regards to the Japan question. I don’t normally pray this directly, but I asked specifically for a sign. I was pretty much at my wits end in terms of my job, I wanted to move onto something else. So the question was: do I just find another full-time job here in Canada, or do I seriously look into going to Japan to work?
And two days later, that Sunday, our church gathering was special. Instead of the usual sermon, we had a couple of guests – Christian missionaries from Japan! Or I should say, Christian missionaries that live and work in Japan, but are originally from Canada. And they gave an entire presentation on the missionary work they had done in Japan.
Now, what are the chances that of all the Sundays I go to church, this particular Sunday, when the Japan question was at the forefront of my mind, we just happen to have missionaries from Japan, out of all countries in the world, as guests, who then gave a presentation on their experiences in Japan. Just two days after I had seriously prayed asking for a sign!
That did it for me. It was my sign, and it made my decision. From then on, I did my research, and then I applied and applied and applied until I got a job teaching English in Japan. And in September 2019 I received a job offer to work as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Japan, beginning in Spring 2020 with the start of the 2020 Japanese school year.
Which means that in March 2020 I will be moving to Japan!
It’s a pretty drastic change. It’s not as much money as I was making on my previous career path, or in my previous job. But none of this is about money, and my life has never been defined by money. I want to see if I can find joy in my daily life teaching English in Japan, all while experiencing the culture, learning the language, et cetera.
The moment I received that sign from the Lord, I knew that I would get a job as long as I kept applying. I had no doubts at all. I know I don’t normally bring up my faith on this blog, but it really was the defining factor to all of this. I’ve put all my faith in Him leading up to this, and will continue to do so when I get there.
And so, naturally, that will be the biggest change for me and this blog in 2020!
Of course I plan to continue on blogging, both here and on Ecchi Hunter. I’ve been banking posts of a certain anime series that I love, which I will be posting during the first few months while I make the move. So there shouldn’t be any big breaks here, although even if there is one it’s not the end of the world.
And of course I hope to get all sorts of stories to share with you all here. At the moment it’s an anime blog, but who says I can’t open that up to some “Japan Life” posts if the inspiration strikes me? I’m sure I’ll manage to embarrass myself somehow or another, or that there will be some interesting things to mention here. I’m already going to be making an effort to take many pictures for my family and friends, so I do plan on sharing that sort of thing here too.
That was the ace up my sleeve for this announcements season. I’ve been holding it ever since I got the job, because I wanted to use it at the end of the year. A big 2020 announcement.
Pretty crazy, right?
And that just about wraps up this announcement.
If anyone has any questions about my process that led to this point feel free to ask. It was a good 5 months of research, applying, and then two interviews, the second of which did it for me.
I still don’t know exactly where in Japan I’ll be working yet either, but I don’t really care because I know that I’ll be placed precisely where my Father wants me to be. Whether it be big city or the boonies, I’m game.
I’ve got some other things regarding the blog that I plan on doing in 2020 that I could mention here, but the Japan news is big enough that I’ll hold off and mention them in another post.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading!