About the Apartment

With burdens like language barriers and “key money”, finding an apartment in Japan is not a pleasant business. One of the blessings of the JET Program is the Contracting Organizations usually arrange housing for participants. Of course, that means we get plenty of questions about housing. My friend’s apartment is better/cheaper than mine. Contracting Organizations […]

Useful Everyday Items

Keeping Cool Fans: uchiwa and sensu Shaved Ice Maker Cold Patches and Ice Pillows: 熱さま (Atsu-sama) in sheet and pillow variety   Dealing with Bugs Mosquito Incense and Refills: アースノーマット and 水性  are two brands Roach Motels: ゴキブリホイホイ (gokubuiri hoihoi), and ゴキブリ取り (gokiburitori) Tick Spray for ticks that live in tatami: ダニアース (dani aasu) “Cockroach JET” コックローチジェット Fly Spray […]

Religious Institutions

Churches Kobe Bible Fellowship A bilingual church in Sannomiya (everything – songs, prayers, message are in English and Japanese). It’s a couple of minutes walk from Ikuta Shrine / Tokyu Hands. There are lots of Japanese and foreigners, and a variety of ages. The style is quite contemporary. The main service is at 4pm, and […]

Technical Support

This page is a resource for troubleshooting technical problems (computer, etc.) while you are in Japan. Please add your own experiences and information to this page as you see fit! General Information If you have absolutely no clue and you are at school, consult your JTE or another teacher for help. Each school usually has […]

Phoning Home

As your parents or friends are certain to want you to call home once in a while, consider some of the following tips when you’re calling. Country Codes Country codes for countries that most JETs come from are as follows. Australia 61 Canada 1 Ireland 353 Jamaica 1 New Zealand 64 Singapore 65 South Africa […]

Typing in Japanese

Windows Vista, 7 Start > “Control Panel” > “Clock, Language, and Region”. Click “Change keyboards.” Check “Add” and select Japanese. Mac users Go to “System Preferences”. Choose “International”. Click the “input method” tab. Check “Kotoeri” (the name of the Japanese input method). Check the “hiragana” box. (You may check the other boxes if you wish, […]

Visa Renewal and Status of Residence

What is your Period of Stay? Your period of stay should be written on your alien registration card or residence card. It is the period of time that you are legally allowed to live and work in Japan. Most JETs receive a three-year period of stay. Who needs to extend? If you are staying on […]

Re-entry Permits

Note: The Alien Registration system was abolished in summer 2012 and has been replaced by a new Residency system. Please view the following Ministry of Justice pamphlet for more details: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/pdf/NewResidencyManagementSystem-%28EN%29.pdf Re-entry permits are no longer necessary if you will be out of Japan for less than one year, either for holders of the old […]