Japan

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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Getting a Cell Phone vs SIM Card in Japan

April 7, 2017
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If you're coming to Japan to teach English or anything that keeps you around for a year or more, what should you do in terms of a cell phone? Bring one from the US and just purchase a SIM card? Here are some options.
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First Days as an ALT in Japan

April 5, 2017
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Everything seems different the second time around teaching English in Japan. Here are some of my thoughts after just a few days in the country.
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Coming Back to Japan as a 30-Something Expat

March 25, 2017
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Where will I end up after a year? In a relationship? Searching for a publisher for my finished book? Out of debt? In deeper debt? Lonelier than I've ever been?
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Returning to Japan after a Decade

February 17, 2017
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Returning to Japan after a Decade

I didn't have anything else lined up. I was originally planning to fly into Hanoi to try a stint as a digital nomad for 3-6 months, and it’s not as though I'm doomed to renew my contract year after year. I can finally settle if Japan is where I want to be. No one...
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How does an Asia-minded traveler feel in Europe?

February 13, 2015
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How does an Asia-minded traveler feel in Europe?

I can’t remember when exactly Europe started to “wow” me with its very presence. As an American, I don’t often appreciate the aesthetics in our big cities. Certainly, San Francisco is a superb mix of nature and urban, water and land, old and new, but the old only goes back 100 years, if that....
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Back to Japan Long-Term?

November 21, 2014
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I’ve been offered a position teaching in Chiba Prefecture from January 2015 for a year. Although I don’t relish the thought of traveling anywhere in winter, the possibility intrigues me. Enough so that I need to consider the pros and cons of returning to Japan for the long haul. Pros As my first experience...
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