March 5, 2013
Information session on teaching English abroad (conveniently located at my alma mater).
September 2, 2013
I officially complete my 100 hour course on teaching English as a second language, and receive my TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification.
September 18, 2013
I attain a federal criminal record check (with photo and fingerprints) in order to apply to a range of companies.
September 17, 2013 - March 20, 2014 (185 Days*)
Struggling job hunt rages war on my time, and emotions.
March 21, 2014
I'm contacted by numerous Japanese companies, including one long phone call discussing my goals and intentions. I'm asked to consider the position thoroughly, then contact them after I've made a decision.
March 24, 2014
I officially register with the company's website and await a reply. I immediately receive a call back and continue with an interview over the phone before proceeding further. I'm informed that I will need to send a scanned passport photo/signature page along with my university degree, a professional looking photo, and a minimum of 3 reference letters (2 work and 1 character). On top of that, I must complete a grammar quiz, and fill out a questionnaire consisting of various work related questions and an essay.
April 10, 2014
I discuss my upcoming decisions about deciding between jobs in a blog post.
April 24, 2014
I receive my final reference letter from my university Japanese professor. I immediately send it to DJ and finish that part of the hiring process.
July 10, 2014
My father drives me to Calgary, Alberta to visit the Japanese Consulate. They approve my work visa and instruct me on the immigration process after entering Japan.
July 16, 2014
As part of the final, official step for moving to Japan - I visit my doctor for a note declaring a clean bill of health.
July 21, 2014
I receive my work visa in the mail.
August 14 - 16, 2014
My plane leaves for Japan. There are stops in Vancouver, Canada and Taipei, Taiwan before landing in Nagoya, Japan.
August 18, 2014
A two week orientation begins, instructing new employees on curriculum and method.
Several months ago a few of my male friends noted something strange on my clothes. They pointed to my shirt and asked, "Who is that?" I could only reply with, "What do you mean?" They asked again, this time specifically asking who the woman was on my shirt. I was baffled and gave a shrug. I don't know, how am I supposed to know? It's just a woman.
I gave it some thought and realized why it confused my male friends. Men don't have shirts with unknown males. If a man is to wear a shirt with another man's face - it's someone who is clearly recognizable as some sort of idol. Perhaps it's Randy Couture, John Cena or Iron Man. The point is - they know the man.
In my case, and perhaps in many women's cases, our clothing and accessories are riddled with mystery women. Sometimes a simple silhouette or an elaborate design. Where do these women come from? Are they purely idealized images of pseudo women rendered by artists? Or are they modelled after real women, maybe even inspired by? More importantly, why does women's fashion include unknown females? Aren't there enough inspirational women to brand on clothing and the like? Why don't we have images of famous and powerful women?
I know I wouldn't mind seeing shirts with Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai or maybe even Charlize Theron. I would much prefer recognizable role models plastered on my clothing than strange, made-up females. They have no name, no age, no biography - they're simply used as decorative images. This bothers me to think that something that appears so mundane, is in fact steeped in society's accepted norms of women as beautiful objects.
Then again, perhaps I'm an oddity and I'm attracted to clothing with mysterious women. Maybe I'm biased. Either way, it's something that's caused me to think about the bigger picture.
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