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THE
March 4th, 2015, 15:41
Hello.

When I was a wee ALT still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I enjoyed watching ALT vlogs. Now that I'm bitter and depressed, I've stopped trying to find new ones.

Please share any current or exceptional ALT vlogging, blogging, and etc, thank you.

Apollo87
March 4th, 2015, 19:50
psstt...over here *points at signature*

coop52
March 4th, 2015, 22:31
Pretty much the only ALT blog I've read was Gaijin Smash, back when he was on his old site. It was pretty funny.

Apollo87
March 4th, 2015, 22:38
Pretty much the only ALT blog I've read was Gaijin Smash, back when he was on his old site. It was pretty funny.

yeah man Az is a legend. He's like the godfather of JET. Reading his blog way back when was half the reason I became interested in applying to JET in the first place.

mothy
March 5th, 2015, 00:41
My blog on this site is pretty amazing.

haitch40
March 5th, 2015, 06:32
I watch a few. Not that often any more though. It got boring.

sourdoughsushi
March 5th, 2015, 08:54
Tumblr has a lot, but beware that half of them are frothing SJWs or prone to complaining about being a vegan unicorn in Japan. Other than that, they have a little community going on and it can be a good way to meet people. Just search 'jet program(me)' and enjoy.

word
March 5th, 2015, 09:55
My blog on this site is pretty amazing.
It really is. Would you mind if we promoted it as an example of ITIL's awesomeness?


Apollo, don't listen to these Debbie Downers and Negative Nancies! If your vlogs are good, people will come.

ALTInsiderFY
March 5th, 2015, 14:44
well.. um.. (drops signature and runs away)

(comes back to laugh at this)
being a vegan unicorn in Japan (runs away again)

Apollo87
March 5th, 2015, 16:10
well.. um.. (drops signature and runs away)(comes back to laugh at this) (runs away again)Hey man nice site! I clicked around and read some of your articles. We should do a collab/guest-post on each other's sites sometime:)

Ini
March 5th, 2015, 16:13
So that will take altinsiders total up to 50+ articles and yours up to 3? I can't wait for that meeting of the minds

ALTInsiderFY
March 5th, 2015, 16:21
So that will take altinsiders total up to 50+ articles and yours up to 3? I can't wait for that meeting of the minds

To be fair, his site has some other stuff, but either way, I'm willing to be anyone's number 4. :cool:

Zolrak 22
March 5th, 2015, 16:36
I'm willing to be anyone's number 4. :cool:

Always aim for the top, never settle for less.

ALTInsiderFY
March 5th, 2015, 16:49
Always aim for the top, never settle for less.
"Just don't be the butt end of the Human Centipede of life" has pretty much always been my life motto.

x_stei
March 5th, 2015, 17:45
I really like This Japanese Life. | A New England Expat in Japan. (http://thisjapaneselife.org/) but it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

webstaa
March 6th, 2015, 08:18
There are a few, but Day-in-the-life style blogging generally sucks. However, I do like some of the ones where someone has done something ambitious, like a south to north bicycle tour (much less focus on the biking, more on the people they meet, which was cool.) Or the Hokkaido dead train line station search.

Gizmotech
March 6th, 2015, 09:22
I find most blogs to be pretty boring, because they are often complete re-tellings of the EXACT SAME thing another blogger has already written about with no new information.

Vlogs are a little better, only in that they might have an attractive/interesting personality doing something, but the generic "I have a head and look its on video" does nothing for me... give me a blog version of that instead so I can read it faster to determine it's pointless.

JET books are generally terrible. The comedic ones aren't bad for a quick read through and a laugh, but the ones that try to be serious are just pointless. It's already been written about before, you're not adding anything new, so just don't bother.

Jiggit
March 6th, 2015, 09:24
you're not adding anything new, so just don't bother.

Is this your general approach to life?

Gizmotech
March 6th, 2015, 13:16
In some ways ya actually. There's no reason to reinvent the wheel if you're not making it better/more novel.

johnny
March 6th, 2015, 13:23
In some ways ya actually. There's no reason to reinvent the wheel if you're not making it better/more novel.

I agree. How many apartment tours do we really need?

"This is my tatami room! And this is my kotatsu! Omoshiroi, ne?"

Jiggit
March 6th, 2015, 13:25
How many apartment tours do we really need?

As many as it takes.

People are still moving here! Won't someone please think of the Americans?

Zolrak 22
March 6th, 2015, 13:27
Most content creators start by copying other people's style. Trying and failing, eventually growing out of their shell and doing their own thing.

You can't expect everyone starting off to make masterpieces.

Hell, even the best bloggers/vloggers and etc start up with subpar material eventually finding their own rhythm.

The idea that "If I'm not good/great then I shouldn't bother", is a really grim and stagnating one.

That's why people say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in anything.

johnny
March 6th, 2015, 13:32
I don't know. Maybe you're right. Maybe I can show them a movie of me shopping at a weird and foreign Japanese suupah. Or, maybe I could take a movie of the cray Japanese trains we have over here.

On the level, you need to be clever to reinvent those stale old ideas. I'm not that.

uthinkimlost?
March 6th, 2015, 13:36
As many as it takes.


I haven't seen every genkan yet, dammit!


Edit:
I'm all for vlogs or blogs that actually add something, but you really shouldn't start one if you have nothing to say. I don't want to see another pudgy white dude bitch about the lack of good ( ). I might, however, want to see a pudgy white dude show me how to make semi-decent ( ) using only inaka resources.

Gizmotech
March 6th, 2015, 14:26
You can't expect everyone starting off to make masterpieces.

The idea that "If I'm not good/great then I shouldn't bother", is a really grim and stagnating one.

That's why people say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in anything.

WOAH WAIT. Noone said anything about quality did they? You could be a spectacularly sub par film maker making vlogs for practice, so long as the CONTENT is in someway novel, it's worth doing. The problem comes from the "Look GAIZ, tatami yooZ!" that there are billions of on youtube. When my friend started his youtube channel he started by copying other people for certain styles, while creating the look he wanted from his product. He also showed content which you didn't nescessarily see on other products with a slightly comedic monologue to go with it. Had it been done before? Yes, had it been done in that way? no, Was it sufficiently novel to warrant being made? ya actually.

Jiggit
March 6th, 2015, 14:40
I don't want to see another pudgy white dude bitch about the lack of good ( ). I might, however, want to see a pudgy white dude show me how to make semi-decent ( ) using only inaka resources.

I think this is a pretty good game. I'll start


I don't want to see another pudgy white dude bitch about the lack of good . I might, however, want to see a pudgy white dude show me how to make semi-decent fleshlight using only inaka resources

starfish
March 9th, 2015, 16:23
I don't want to see another pudgy white dude bitch about the lack of good . I might, however, want to see a pudgy white dude show me how to make semi-decent fleshlight using only inaka resources

An empty Pringles can and a dead fish would do the job.

weepinbell
March 10th, 2015, 00:09
Tumblr has a lot, but beware that half of them are frothing SJWs or prone to complaining about being a vegan unicorn in Japan. Other than that, they have a little community going on and it can be a good way to meet people. Just search 'jet program(me)' and enjoy.

I'm genuinely just curious about this now that someone mentioned it. How hard is it to be vegetarian/vegan in Japan? I'm personally not... just wondering. There's this Japanese marketplace/foodcourt by me and I went with my vegetarian sister once.... and it's basically impossible to find a meal where there's not fish hidden in it somewhere lol. Is there even a big veg following there?

uthinkimlost?
March 10th, 2015, 00:20
You can find vegetarian food cafes and restaurants in big cities and some temples.

Everything here has has pork and/or fish here. Every. Thing.

that said, it is easy enough to make your own food here.

PuddingHead
March 10th, 2015, 00:43
I'm genuinely just curious about this now that someone mentioned it. How hard is it to be vegetarian/vegan in Japan? I'm personally not... just wondering. There's this Japanese marketplace/foodcourt by me and I went with my vegetarian sister once.... and it's basically impossible to find a meal where there's not fish hidden in it somewhere lol. Is there even a big veg following there?

It sort of depends on how seriously you take your vegetarianism/veganism. If you are the type of person who won't even eat a meat/fish based broth, it is near impossible, but you can still do it. I have a few Indian friends in Japan who don't eat meat and they're still doing fine even after 5+ years (although, they've given up on the broths.) I don't personally know any vegans, but I imagine avoiding eggs would be difficult.

It sounds like with JET, the biggest obstacle a vegetarian would have would be if their school required them to eat the school lunch. Otherwise, like uthink said, cooking for yourself is pretty easy.

webstaa
March 10th, 2015, 08:20
Keeping strict vegan is impossible if you eat anything anyone has prepared for you. Cook everything yourself if you you've got that inclination. I know a couple people who were pretty strict vegans before coming over who had to give it up (to a degree) after a few months because of the difficulty of keeping vegan in the deep inaka.

Vegetarianism or pescatarianism isn't nearly as difficult - but you'll still want to do your research before hand - there are a lot of restaurants that serve/specialize in vegetarian cuisine in cities, but not so much in the inaka.

coop52
March 10th, 2015, 09:29
From what I've heard from the vegetarians that have come to my Japan, there hasn't been an issue with the school lunch as long as they know before you come. The biggest issues are with eating out since a lot of restaurant staff in the countryside don't really get that bacon/ham/pork/chicken/dashi/etc count as meat.

It's also hard to eat out here if you don't eat fish or other seafood. There's some sort of ocean dwelling creature in pretty much everything.

Gizmotech
March 10th, 2015, 09:36
I was once asked if sea chicken was okay when I said no seafood on my pizza. My friend and I just say there looking at the guy for like 3 minutes until we saw that the guy genuinely didn't understand what was so stupid about what he said.

Jiggit
March 10th, 2015, 09:38
lot of restaurant staff in the countryside* don't really get that bacon/ham/pork/chicken/dashi/etc count as meat..

Yup. A lot of words/concepts don't translate well at all here. Someone was telling me the other day they were having an argument with a Japanese person about whether lions and tigers are "cats" or not. For a Japanese person a cat is a housecat and has no relation to "big cats". You can learn how to say "is there meat in this" in perfect Japanese and the answer won't be what you were looking for.

Vegetarianism just isn't really understood. They don't really get why you wouldn't want to eat anything with meat, so they won't understand what you're asking them for. That's why you'll often get stuff with meat/fish stock in it after being told it contains no meat/fish. A lot of restaurants will just not have a vegetarian option at all.

Also for such a food obsessed culture, they can be surprisingly ignorant about food. I've had Japanese people point at a piece of pork or chicken on the yakiniku grill and ask me what meat it is. The waitstaff may not have a clue what goes into their dishes.

coop52
March 10th, 2015, 09:45
I think that's because Japanese people are taught from a young age to just eat what's in front of them without complaints. Don't like fish/natto/whatever? Just put it in your mouth and power through it. That's why most restaurants look at you funny for making requests for alterations for your food, even if it's something simple like leaving off the dressing for the salad.

Jiggit
March 10th, 2015, 09:49
Honestly I think that's a good attitude. I think quite a lot of our problems with food in the west come from parents giving into their kids' food demands. I've heard so many parents give the "but dear little timmy won't eat anything else!" schtick while shoveling fench fries into their 13 stone 13 year old's face.

But yeah, being unquestioning in general makes one pretty clueless I suppose.

Gizmotech
March 10th, 2015, 10:09
I think that's because Japanese people are taught from a young age to just eat what's in front of them without complaints. Don't like fish/natto/whatever? Just put it in your mouth and power through it. That's why most restaurants look at you funny for making requests for alterations for your food, even if it's something simple like leaving off the dressing for the salad.

Hey, I totally support that. It's how I was brought up, and it makes me great.

The difference is, as an adult, paying for food now, I like having the choice to not do something. It's the bonus of being an adult.

Virgil
March 10th, 2015, 10:21
There are people starving in North America. Shove that shit in your pie-hole and stop complaining.

On a bloggy note - I'm thinking of starting one. I have a website, but it is currently blank. If I do start one it will not be about Japan specifically. While that is a thing happening in my life, I think there are enough blogs that are ABOUT Japan. I might write about education, language, cultural differences etc. Maybe compare music education to EFL. If I did start a blog, it wouldn't be to fuel my egotistical wankfest. It would be for me to reflect on my experiences, and possibly share them with others.

coop52
March 10th, 2015, 10:23
I kind of was brought up that way, or at least I had to try everything put in front of me. I hate mayonnaise with the passion of a 1000 fiery suns, though, so that was the only food I could get out of eating without trying. I agree that it's stupid to think that kids won't eat anything other than chicken nuggets and french fries. But, on the other hand, denying the fact that people do have personal preferences doesn't seem right either.

There's one of my JHS kids who just doesn't eat anything, and getting him to eat any of his school lunch is a pain in the ass. Anything with vinegar in it makes him start gagging and crying. Yesterday we had some sort of vinegar vegetable with that red rice with the beans in it, and the kid practically threw a tantrum. I hope that it's because the kid has some mental or sensory issues, because if it's because the parents just let the kid get out of eating anything that looks icky, then I want to smack them.

haitch40
March 10th, 2015, 12:59
I was once asked if sea chicken was okay when I said no seafood on my pizza. My friend and I just say there looking at the guy for like 3 minutes until we saw that the guy genuinely didn't understand what was so stupid about what he said.
What did he mean by sea chicken? Normal chicken or some poor bird that was tortured for the local pleasure?

Ini
March 10th, 2015, 13:00
tuna you dullard.

uthinkimlost?
March 10th, 2015, 13:06
Somebody call for help. Haitch's hamster fell off the wheel again.

Gizmotech
March 10th, 2015, 13:10
http://www.chigai.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/e60262ce35c2d3bc4d64356247ad4d7c.jpg
Sea Chicken (http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%B7%E3%83%BC%E3%83%81%E3%82%AD%E3%83%B3)
This is that point where being over here means something.
Thunnus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunnus)

Ini
March 10th, 2015, 13:13
or knowing the common phrase tunafish is like the chicken of the sea.......

johnny
March 10th, 2015, 13:16
I expect Haitch was being facetious.

ALTInsiderFY
March 10th, 2015, 13:22
I much prefer fish of the land.

uthinkimlost?
March 10th, 2015, 13:31
I expect Haitch was being facetious.

You have a very good supply of Benefit of a Doubt. Do you special order?

coop52
March 10th, 2015, 14:03
What did he mean by sea chicken? Normal chicken or some poor bird that was tortured for the local pleasure?

Is this you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2h72aXVP8o

johnny
March 10th, 2015, 14:32
You have a very good supply of Benefit of a Doubt. Do you special order?

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/reviews/190/1294770254_3.jpg
Rumpole always defends!

Zolrak 22
March 11th, 2015, 13:44
Is this you?

Loving the guy's initial reaction, really.

svxk
March 30th, 2015, 11:26
Hi! If it's alright, I'd like to share my VLOG!

I've done a few food challenges and eaten some strange things in Japan (Newt, Axolotl, Crocodile Foot)
I just started so I'm still very much an amateur. Videos are kind of shaky, but I'm trying my best!

Here's my attempt of the Korean Fire Noodle Challenge done with some Japanese friends:
5 Minute Fire Noodle Challenge in Japan - YouTube (https://youtu.be/gd5-ktAK7Iw)

Here's my eating strange (farm-raised) rare animals:
Wooper Looper Challenge in Japan: Axolotl 7 Friends - YouTube (https://youtu.be/ZB4rWf1CEE8?t=50s)

THE
April 2nd, 2015, 13:46
I started one, myself. Has been very helpful in keeping myself busy. https://shougayaki.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/why-do-my-students-not-recognize-me-as-their-leader-student-rapport-and-the-alt/

texxaport
April 7th, 2015, 10:59
Hey guys... I've got a blog going that isn't specifically just for JET but has all my JET content on it. I started it over a year ago as a general travel blog. That being said, it's become a mix of travel, university exchange, and JET posts.

luxnovis (http://luxnovis.wordpress.com)