I sat at the front of the classroom with my half-eaten lunch as 28 Japanese 7-year-olds hovered around me peppering me with questions: “How tall are you? Why are your eyes brown? What’s the best place in America?”
Their eyes wide with genuine curiosity and interest, I answered questions in my broken Japanese and signed autographs as they shoved pieces of paper, textbooks, and even hands in front of me to sign. Moments like these are why I came to Japan to teach English.
For the fresh-out-of-college, the unemployed, underemployed, and inexperienced demographic, jobs can be hard to come by. But many people under the age of 25 have one major attribute in their favor: flexibility.