Who are the JWs?
The JWs are Janelle and Jordan, aka. genkiduck and Julien Klein, respectively. As the story goes, Janelle met Jordan, Janelle invited herself snowboarding with Jordan, and it was all downhill from there. Now that we’re married, we share a lot of things, including this blog, our initials of JW,* and the experience of people flicking off their porch lights and whispering urgently, “the JWs are coming!” when we’re in the neighbourhood. Kidding about that last part of course… I hope.
What the heck are we doing in Japan, anyways?
Incidentally, we ask ourselves this on a regular basis. As a wise man once said, “wherever you find yourself, do not easily leave.”** After getting married and graduating university, we followed an opportunity to teach English in Japan with the JET Programme, and found ourselves here, in Yokkaichi City in Mie Prefecture.
Yokkaichi is a conveniently located port city just south of Nagoya, and not too far from Kyoto or Osaka. It is known for, among other things, its lovely orange and white striped industrial towers, which were the culprits behind a rash of “Yokkaichi Asthma” cases in the 1960s. After returning from an exciting trip to anywhere else, one might see the Yokkaichi towers gleaming in the distance and sigh resignedly, “almost home.” On the plus side, Yokkaichi has more awesome people*** and more Starbucks locations than any other city in Mie Prefecture.
What the heck we are doing in Japan is basically what this blog is about, and every post is a little piece of an answer to that question. It’s the travel adventures and culinary quests, the absurdities of life abroad and the randomness of Japan, the issues and ideas we grapple with, that we want to share with you as we carve out our corner of the interwebs!
* Disclaimer: “The JWs” of “The JWs do Japan” are not connected in any way to members of a particular religious group that are colloquially referred to as “JWs”. The stories and opinions shared on this website do not relate to or reflect the opinions and beliefs of that group, and no offense is intended by the overlapping of our initials.
**”Abba Anthony,” or “Anthony the Great,” are two of the various names he was known by.
*** This is assuming that the proportion of awesome people per capita remains relatively constant across the entire prefecture. As Yokkaichi City boasts the highest population in Mie, it should therefore follow that it has the highest proportion of awesome people. This is not scientifically proven, of course, but there is anecdotal evidence to support this theory and no strong evidence has yet been put forward to suggest otherwise.