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What Would Happen if I didn’t Renew my Contract in Japan?

September 18, 2017
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Pondering the different paths my life could take in the next few weeks as I decide to stay on in Japan another year, leave to work freelance, or make some attempt at living in San Francisco.
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Why the World Would be Better Off Without Trump and his Supporters

September 14, 2017
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Trump supporters are completely oblivious to the hypocrisy of their actions and the harm they cause everyone on a daily basis. What would you do if they just disappeared?
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Japan Lesson: Going Overboard with Idle Comments

September 7, 2017
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Hospitality in Japan is one thing, but what should you do when everyone around you takes everything you say as a call to action?
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The Life of a YouTuber isn’t One I’d Want

August 28, 2017
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Many readers probably monitor my social media channels like YouTube and Instagram. Here's why I don't take a more active role in promoting myself.
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Making New Friends in Japan: Next to Impossible

August 24, 2017
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I've been in Japan for about five months, but I've been a traveler for years. Some of my experience may benefit newbies considering leaving friendships in favor of adventure.
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Thoughts on Order in the Japanese Classroom

June 1, 2017
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Are Japanese classrooms nothing but teachers administering corporal punishment and students sitting quietly?
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In Japan, Sometimes You’re a Toddler

May 25, 2017
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Little things have cropped up this week after two months in the country. I won’t say they’ve gotten me down, because I was aware of them and had experienced them before, but I certainly wouldn’t label them as positive experiences.
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4 Differences between Working at Eikaiwa and Being an ALT

April 18, 2017
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Teaching English in Japan comes with its own set of rules. Have you thought about a private language school, or a program like JET?
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Why Japanese is the Easiest Functional Language

April 16, 2017
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My take on linguistic relativity, and how Japanese may be the easiest language for functioning in the modern world due to the intuition of Japanese speakers and the plethora of stock phrases.
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Day in the Life of an Expat in Tochigi

April 14, 2017
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Tochigi is a whole new ball of wax. My time in Higashi-Hiroshima felt like summer camp being under AEON’s tutelage; the tiny apartment combined with true culture shock and lack of Internet access for a few weeks certainly didn’t help. Even in Kagoshima, with a professional job and access to tropical islands, I felt...
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