After the Journey


When I turned my head

That traveller I’d just passed…

Melted in the mist.

– Masaoka Shiki

Many people will tell you that the toughest part of starting an adventure is getting on the plane. That the first step is the scariest, the first year is the hardest, and that once you clear first impressions, the worst is over.

I’m inclined to agree with that assessment. Oftentimes the courage required to start something new will stay with you for the rest of your life, showing up in unexpected, but welcome places. What is unfortunate is that, despite the amount of writing, reminiscing and resources available for those about to face a challenge, there is not a comparable amount of focus on the follow-up: all the adventures that happen AFTER the journey.

Welcome to the Great Lakes JETAA blog. Here you will find stories, anecdotes, tips, and an outlet for your “After the Journey” adventures. Run by JETs for JETs, we hope to provide you with laughter, conversation, and an online home where you can share all the gifts your time in Japan on the JET program gave you.

So tell us, what happened after YOUR journey?

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