We might be living here…

28 02 2009

While not confirmed yet, this might be our apartment for our time in Kisarazu! Whee!

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Gyosei International School

18 02 2009

gis_satellite

Satellite image of Lara’s new school, Gyosei International School, in Kisarazu, Chiba prefecture, Japan. Can you see the tennis courts and the baseball field?

To find this on maps.google.com type in “矢那1083 Kisarazu”.





The Wall We Helped To Build

17 02 2009

ourwall

We raised the strawbales around this corner and along this wall one weekend last year. It actually looks quite straight.

bl_ourwallSo proud of “our” strawbale wall.





Waiting for visas

17 02 2009

Now Benno’s visa documents have arrived in Japan so the school can apply for his dependent visa at the same time as Lara’s working visa.

We’re starting the count-down – 37 more days left in Australia – but there’s so much to do before then.

To acquaint ourselves with the the culture of the town we will be living in we have been watching a tv series that was based and filmed in Kisarazu – Kisarazu Cat’s Eye. It is one of the silliest, over-acted, non-sensical sitcoms we have ever watched, and yet it is strangely addictive. Go watch it here.

Did you know that there is a 5 story shopping mall in the middle of Tokyo Bay, 5km out to sea from Kisarazu city on the Aqua-Line (bridge and tunnel from Kisarazu to Kawasaki)? See Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line

Did you also know that you can see Mt Fuji across the bay from Kisarazu?

mtfuji_kisarazu





It’s real… we have flights

4 02 2009

singapore_airlines_plane

Well, we bought our flights today, which means we’re really leaving! We will be departing on the 26th March, to arrive in Japan on the 27th, via Singapore.

Lara’s visa documents also got sent off to the school today, so hopefully we’re on track and we’ll get our visas in time to fly out.





We’re moving!

1 02 2009

Yep, it’s all happening. We’re moving to Japan where we will live and work for a year. After threatening to do so for 4 years we are finally following through.

Lara has a one-year job contract teaching science in the English-speaking stream of an International School in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. She will be teaching grades 7-10 full time. The school is called Gyosei International School and is a private Catholic school that includes students from Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior High and Senior High School. (http://www.gis.ac.jp/english/index.html)

Benno will continue his business Transmogrifier E-Solutions; managing the programming work remotely by webcam and e-mail.

We’ll be flying out at the end of March, to start working in Japan on the 1st of April.

map_kisarazuWe will be here: across Tokyo Bay from Yokohama and about 1 hour from Toyko by train.