The Nagoya JALT group is good, as is the one based in Gifu. After meetings, they usually head down to a pub in Fushimi or Sakae for a beer. I highly recommend joining JALT. You will get the opportunity to meet a lot of fellow teachers.
I live in Kasugai. And work anywhere I can get it for this year i'm commuting to a small country town in Gifu. Cutecat where in Aichi did you used live? And what do you do now? I've been an Alt for eleven long years. I need to find a more stable line of work. But nothing beats the vacation time of Alt work.
Edited by: JEFFJAPAN at: 5/14/2014 (04:12)
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Nice to see some people living in Japan on here. I'm also down in Kyushu, in Kumamoto, but I find it really tough to work out. I live in an apartment so doing any kind of cardio at home is out of the question, although weights are okay. I really hate gyms and never use them, despite my best intentions, but I'm going to have to find a way around that. I do walk and cycle a lot, but it's pretty flat around here so there aren't many challenges that way. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and see who else is out there.
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Hey there, Duckie, I'm down in Kyushu in Fukuoka City. I started out in Tokyo for a few years, spent a year and a half in an onsen town in Wakayama-ken and have been in Fukuoka for 14 years. Currently I'm an ALT at our local elementary school where my kids went back in the day. I eat lunch with the kids, too. In our school, it is acceptable to return a portion of a dish before you begin to eat as well as get more if there is any left and it is acceptable not to eat all the mammoth-sized bread. I am also allergic to milk products, so the kids know not to serve me the milk carton. My most difficult task is figuring out the calorie count for things. For the last three months, I haven't bought anything that doesn't have the nutritional info clearly marked on the package, but I also cook from scratch quite a bit, too, and sometimes it's a pain to list all the ingredients in the recipe calculator so I can get a nutritional reading. On the other hand, I live minutes away from a new, well-maintained pubic gym and on the other side of the neighborhood, there is a big, new public pool complex, so there is no lack for exercise opportunities. I'm the darling of the senior citizen weight lifters!
Hello! I'm new to the team, but I was greatly interested in where people are in Japan and if they are working as an ALT or an Eikaiwa teacher! I'm currently working as an ALT in Tochigi Prefecture on contract with a small company that is simply wonderful! I'm about an hour and a half train ride from Tokyo, which isn't too bad if I want to hit up the city! :D I'm also having some trouble managing my calories from kyuushoku! I LOVE it...but it IS rather high in calories and I feel that I have to finish it all because I have to eat with the children...which is also fun...but you know... What's your biggest challenge about managing health/weight/fitness while in Japan? o.o
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