Japan

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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Of Late I Think of Thailand

September 12, 2014
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Of Late I Think of Thailand

I turned down the first offer in Japan. There were simply too many unknowns and too short a time to give an answer. I’m still in communication with the company for additional postings, but my mind is drifting elsewhere… There’s a lot I left unresolved in Asia. I’m one of those travelers who intentionally...
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Dare I go back to Japan?

September 9, 2014
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Dare I go back to Japan?

I’ve been offered a teaching position in Gunma Prefecture northwest of Tokyo and am considering taking it. Japan has loomed so large on my mind for years, and it seems like a good opportunity. Gone are the days when you can be sure of getting a job abroad simply for being foreign or racking...
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