Hi there. My first name is Carolyn, but in Japan I go by Tara-san. I live in Fukuoka Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu, where I teach English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.

My feelings about this can be summed up in one concise word: Eeeeee!!

The meaning of this blog is threefold:

1. It’s a record of my Japanese life.

2. It hopefully interests and helps other JETs and folks interested in Japan.

3. It updates my family and friends on my goings-on, and lets me share my life with them from afar.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Ganbatte!


5 Responses to “About”

  1. ruby June 28, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    hello~~ ! my name is Ruby….soon i will be an exchange student and attend kishoukan~ ! is it difficult to learn fukuoka-ben?

    • tarasensei June 29, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      Ohmigoodness! Hi, Ruby! Welcome to Kishoukan (a little early). The school is really excited about having you come. Sadly, I won’t be there when you arrive, but we’re getting a new English teacher from New Zealand who can help you adjust.

      There are lots of bens around here; there’s Fukuoka-ben but also the more local ones like for Yame. I never really studied Japanese before coming here, so I don’t know how big of a change it’ll be for you. It’s certainly a noticeable difference from the standard dialect, but on the whole, I think it’s generally understandable for people who know Japanese. Talking to elderly people will probably be the most difficult, while younger folks are easier to understand. (once you pick up all the slang!)

      Feel free to contact me with any questions! My gmail address is tarainjapan.

      PS: How in the world did you find me??

      • Ruby 瑠美ーちゃん December 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

        oh my gosh! I only just realized I ever got a reply to my comment!! well I have been here for 5 months now and I love it!! do you remember a student named Maho who is really good at english? she misses you ^^
        regarding your question, I was looking up blogs on google with the world `kishoukan` in them haha…Im such a loser….

    • Ed March 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

      Hi Ruby – my daughter is scheduled to become a JET English Sensei at your school in April 2013. She is excited about coming and speaks fluent english and Japanese. Her email is lizahkim@gmail.com if you want to let her know anything about your school and city!

  2. Bilal May 6, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Hi, we are interested in rice fields shots displayed in your website. We need to contact the photographer as soon as possible. Please do the needful.

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