Sierra Nicole Rhoden in Nara, Japan

I’m Sierra Nicole Rhoden, and I’m living in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) for the JET Programme. I’m keeping this blog because I have a horrible memory, and—for better or worse—I want to remember my time here. I also obsessively read an array of “living in Japan” blogs during my application process for JET, so I’m hoping to feed the curiosities of others in the same position!

About my JET Placement

I live in Nakatsu City in Oita Prefecture. Nakatsu located on the northern coast of Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island. Nakatsu is composed of a small central city and several countryside villages that have been merged into its borders over time. Our area is famous for its natural hot springs and its karaage (awesome fried chicken).

nakatsu japan map

I was originally assigned to two junior high schools, but as of the new school year (April 2016), my smaller countryside school was assigned to a different ALT, and I became one of the rare JETs who work full-time at a single school. My school is the largest junior high school in Nakatsu, with about 650 students.

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