(formerly called Himantra Web
) is the autobiographical weblog and travelog of one Himani ("Himantra"). It chronicles the "everyday jetsam" of life, including musings, photographs, education, books, food, and much more. Currently, Himani is living in Japan and trying to survive the educational world in a completely different culture! As a result, most of the current posts will be about traveling, Japan and its culture, and the Japanese school system.
The name comes from the definition of "jetsam,"
which are the items intentionally
thrown from a ship (versus "flotsam," or floating wreckage). Everything on my weblog has been intentionally jettisoned into the World Wide Web, so I feel the name is pretty apt. Also, as a bonus unintentional pun, the program I teach through in Japan is the JET Program. (Get it? Jet
Please be aware
that this website is rated PG-13
. I try not to swear too often,
but I give no promises.
Who is the author?
Himani enjoys a diverse life of trying to survive the educational world (now in Japan!) while still having time to participate in her hobbies like writing, reading, cooking, and photography. Prone to sarcasm and impatience, she's still trying to rise above the little things.
What do you mean "now in Japan"?
Yes, I am living in Japan as of August 2014 and working as an English language teacher (my official title is Alternative Language Teacher, or ALT
). How did this bit of felicity happen?
I applied to the JET program
in September 2013, had my interview in January 2014, and received my acceptance letter into the program in April 2014. Of course, I will be blogging my experiences in Japan.
One thing that is unique about me, from your average JET ALT, is that I have teaching experience. I taught high school for four years, as well as tutored various age groups for 3 years. This means that I will be approaching the ALT job duties with a little more knowledge than your average JET, and my musings will likely have quite a few comparisons to the way education is in America.
I'm based in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is a pretty gorgeous place to be. I get to see Mount Fuji everyday! (Well, when it's not behind clouds...)
All-in-all, I am looking forward to this experience. I love traveling (I do "suffer" from wanderlust), and I love experiences new cultures and customs.