Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Japan

(PICTURE: Inside that envelope is my contract to work in Japan.)

It's official -- I'm going to Japan. After a long application process, I was recently accepted into the Westgate University Program. I will be spending three months in Japan teaching at a university. I won't know exactly where I'll be placed until a month before I start but I have requested to be placed in the countryside or a small city. As exciting as I'm sure Tokyo is, the thought of being somewhere a little off the beaten path is more alluring to me.

Everyone keeps asking me if Huyen will be coming with me. Sadly, she will not be. However, hopefully she'll be able to come visit at some point. As much as I would love for her to come with me, I realize she has her career in Vietnam to think about. After this stint though, I'll be going back to Hanoi for six months before I head to South Africa for the World Cup. Yup, it's gonna be another crazy year!

5 comments:

Marcus said...

Congratulations, Ben! It must be amazing in Japan!

Benjamin said...

Thanks, Marcus. I'll find out soon just how amazing Japan is. I can't wait!

Laura said...

i second the congratulations. and am thinking it is time for me to stop being jealous of other people's awesome jobs and start looking into getting one of my own.

aristotle said...

Congrats! Traveling and working in different country is always great. I also hope to go to South Africa sometime next year.

Name: Songer said...

Congrats. I know an English speaking guy who lives in Tokyo who can help you out when you first arrive. Also, have a few friends who go there (outside of Tokyo) every year to give you the lay of the land. It's really an amazing culture but virtually no one outside of hotels/western restaurants speaks English anymore than we Americans remember Trigonometry.