With the start of the new Japanese fiscal/educational year, we say farewell to our 2018-2019 Regional Prefectural Advisers. Thank you for all of the support you've given to Gifu JETs!
Pictured from left to right: Sam L., Nicole P., Emmy F., Harly L. (kneeling), Nicholas J., Sammy E. (kneeling), Michael P.
Words From Our Departing RPA Team:
"I have enjoyed my two years as RPA. The SDC feedback was a personal highlight. Thank you everyone." - Sam L.
"I've enjoyed working on the RPA team this past year and have learned a lot from the experience. Thanks for everything!" - Nicole P.
"Thank you for everything this year! Gifu region was the best!" - Emmy F.
"Hey Tono Peeps. As the emperor and seasons change, so do the RPAs. Though our time together was brief--or possibly non-existent--I shall remember you all fondly, and think of you all as the chillest of ALTs I've had the pleasure of working with. And so with that, I take my leave as your RPA, and return to the mountains of Chuno, where I shall live my remaining days as Mino's last JET ALT." - Harly L.
"Good day to all you Gifuans. It has been my true pleasure serving as your RPA this past year. This summer I will be moving on to more urban pastures (Tokyo), but I will always cherish green and glorious Gifu. I hope to return often to my second home, and to meet all of you again. I wish you all the best in current and future endeavors! Ganbatte kudasai!" - Nicholas J.
"Hi everyone, I can't believe two years have passed already! I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Kengisho and loved living in Gifu City. I have made some great friends and priceless memories since coming to Japan. Thank you to everyone who made my time as part of the JET programme such a wonderful experience." - Sammy E.
"They say everything that has a beginning, has an end (except, erm, a circle and The Simpsons and that awkward bowing you do when you don't know how to wrap up a Japanese conversation with your principal). And so, my time as the Seino RPA must also come to a close.
If I have been remotely useful at any point, or passed on even the tiniest piece of information that has proven helpful, well, now I can happily fade away, knowing I have passed on all I know, sort of like Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, but with less living in isolation in a swamp. Well, summer was a little bit like that.
Whether you have four months left on JET (argh) or four years, I hope you all enjoy your time in Japan to the fullest. If you're ever having any trouble here, just remember: I was accidentally using hand soap as shower gel for my first two years, and if I can overcome that, then you can overcome anything.
Good luck to everyone in the future!
(Really, I should have realised, given how foamy and light it was...)" - Michael P.