Welcome and hello

Hello! Welcome to my blog.  The idea here is to have a place for my family and friends to see what I'm up to on the other side of the planet. For anyone that doesn't know me, my name is Jonathan Kramer, I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and in 2009 I graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Information Technology.  During the long, defeating process of searching for a job after graduating, I applied for an English teaching job in Japan with a company called Interac on a whim.  One thing led to another, and come April I'll be an Assistant Language Teacher to elementary and junior high school students in Fuji City, Japan for a year.

Fuji City's location in Japan

I don't really know a whole lot about Fuji City, but this is what I do know.

- It's located at the base of Mt. Fuji. - Has a population of roughly 250,000, almost 100,000 more than Tallahassee, Florida. - A two and a half hour train ride to Tokyo. - Primarily a paper manufacturing and Tangerine farming town.

A view of Fuji City

So, to wrap things up, here are answers to some questions I get all the time about this move.

Why are you doing this? Why not?  I love traveling and for some reason I really want to visit Japan.

Do you speak Japanese? Nope

How are you going to teach than? Well, I'm an assistant to an actual fully-fledged English teacher who will be fluent in both languages.

Have you ever been there before? I had a 3 hour layover in Tokyo-Narita on my way to Thailand, does that count?

Do you know anyone else living in Japan or doing the same thing you are? No, not really.

Are you excited? Of course!

If have any questions for me, you can send an e-mail to kramersemail@gmail.com