The “meredithjapan” blog is intended to help anyone out there in a similar ALT situation like mine, anyone traveling on a budget, and anyone curious about the realities of being a foreigner living and working in Japan. I hope to continually grow and expand this blog and maybe make an actual website out of one day if it proves its worth.


I want to be perfectly clear about a few things to keep away from any confusion and misunderstandings.

  1. I have no qualms about the word gaijin and will use it like I think it’s intended to be used. I apologize if this upsets any sensitive persons.
  2. My “pre-launch” postings are very speculative and based mostly on research and hear-say.
  3. Take it all with a grain of salt! I’m just one American girl on an adventure but I still hope some of this information is helpful.
  4. Any mistakes or misunderstandings of things on my part should be corrected… but I won’t know about them if you don’t tell me!


Phew! I think that covers most issues that might arise. Now for a quick background on myself –

My name is Meredith and I’m a twenty-something Delawarean (Delawhat? hehe) in the old US of A. I graduated in 2009 from a small but mighty college in PA with a Graphic Design and Philosophy degree that I put to good use every day of my life. I like to think of myself as a young designer due to my blatant lack of experience. While I waited for the economy to pull itself from the ashes, I put myself into independent projects here and there, applied to JET twice, and eventually applied with Interac.

I will be working in Shika-machi, Ishikawa as an ALT for Interac. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. I spend around an hour or so each day on either google earth, google maps, or searching random websites for more information on my area. With the help of my stalwart friend Nathalie, a JET girl working in Anan-shi, Tokushima, I have managed to get handle on many feelings of uneasiness and confusion.


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