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    When I found out I was going to be placed in a...

    When I found out I was going to be placed in a small mountain town in Shimane, population under 5000, I cried. But I signed up for a third year in spite of all my original apprehensions. It is...
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    Poll: I think a regional forum (or even a newsletter)...

    I think a regional forum (or even a newsletter) is a great idea. Most of us Shimaneans are in Hiroshima frequently but there is zero communication between prefectures. And you're right, our site...
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    Finding good conversation exercises that don't...

    Finding good conversation exercises that don't rely on reading of text has been my biggest challenge as well. I'm glad you started this discussion and hope to get some good ideas from it.

    I've...
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    That hasn't changed. When people ask me where...

    That hasn't changed. When people ask me where I'm from, I now reply "Seattle...Ichiro," just to beat them to the punch.
  5. You might try checking the JET prefecture website...

    You might try checking the JET prefecture website and forum. Especially if you are assigned to a prefectural BOE, you may not find out your exact location for a good month after getting your...
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    I had zero Japanese, and believe that landed me...

    I had zero Japanese, and believe that landed me in a high school (which I am eternally grateful for). As for location, the other ALTs in town (elementary and junior high) both have high levels of...
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    Congrats fellow Seattleite. Might I suggest...

    Congrats fellow Seattleite. Might I suggest bringing Ichiro/Mariners shit for prizes, etc. Not bringing Mariners baseball cards, stickers, etc. is my biggest regret.
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    When I found out I was going to be placed in a...

    When I found out I was going to be placed in a small mountain town of 4000 in central Shimane, I cried and cried. 8 months later, I couldn't be happier with my placement and even renewed for another...
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    That about sums up my first 2 months here. Never...

    That about sums up my first 2 months here. Never saw one (knock on wood). Did see a couple of snakes, though, and recently had a tarantula-looking spider in my house. But the stink bugs have been...
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    Re: What Questions to Ask the Interviewers?

    I asked them what percentage of JETs recontracted. They had no idea but seemed relatively impressed with the question.
  11. Thread: Shimane-ken

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    Were you just upgraded or is Shimane prefecture...

    Were you just upgraded or is Shimane prefecture placement info on the way?
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    At least you know what city you're going to :?

    At least you know what city you're going to :?
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    [quote="Pandilex"][quote="b_limey"] Were you...

    Were you molested by vegetarians as a child or what?!
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    I think I'd rather die.

    I think I'd rather die.
  15. Poll: Cheers! mmm...beer....

    Cheers!

    mmm...beer....
  16. Poll: I think I've taken too many stats and research...

    I think I've taken too many stats and research design classes to agree with you, but it is an interesting exercise.

    I would be bitter if I were you. As it is I decided to apply about a week...
  17. Poll: As interesting as this info is, I'm afraid you...

    As interesting as this info is, I'm afraid you can't really extrapolate it to the larger JET community to obtain any real conclusions. I believe this sampling is rather small and skewed to ITIL...
  18. Poll: I'm an American, didn't get any of my choices,...

    I'm an American, didn't get any of my choices, and ended up in Shimane. And I'm from Seattle and requested Kobe, so I don't know how strong that sister-city bond is. It sounds like I'll be able to...
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    I did find seitan and TVP on that site, if either...

    I did find seitan and TVP on that site, if either of those can substitute for you.

    And I too will miss the pleasures of Seattle's abundant vegetarian selection, but actually think I will eat...
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    You might be interested in this site, although a...

    You might be interested in this site, although a quick search did not find tempeh, there is plenty of other vegetarian goodies (gardenburgers...yum).

    http://www.alishan.jp/shop/nfoscomm/catalog/
  21. Thread: JAP

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    Which one is you?

    Which one is you?
  22. Thread: Shimane-ken

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    Since I grew up in LA and currently live in...

    Since I grew up in LA and currently live in central Seattle, I think I would adapt best to a larger city, such as Matsue or Izumo. I requested an urban/semi-urban placement, so I have my fingers...
  23. Thread: Shimane-ken

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    You wouldn't be the other Seattleite I saw on the...

    You wouldn't be the other Seattleite I saw on the yahoo group?!

    I think it does mean that you are going to Matsue. I'm glad that I'll be teaching high school (I think that is how the prefectural...
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    Ditto, especially since Shimane is the "second...

    i'd be interested in that too... i'm a prefectural ALT[/quote]

    Ditto, especially since Shimane is the "second least populous" prefecture in Japan.
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    Shimane-ken. Not one of my requests, and I know...

    Shimane-ken. Not one of my requests, and I know nothing about it. And apparently I'm prefectural, so the wait for specifics continues...
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