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Spa World

August 4, 2009
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Spa World

Spa World (スパワールド), occupying the bulk of Shinsekai, is one of the world’s largest indoor baths, and it shows. I have been to sento around the rails. I have visited onsen ryokan in Kurokawa, Beppu, and Kagoshima.I have soaked in waters with nothing between me and a smoking volcano. That being said, this place...
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Hot Springs Around Kagoshima

August 4, 2009
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Hot Springs Around Kagoshima

A tradition going back hundreds, if not thousands, of years in Japanese culture is the art of bathing. I say art because the Japanese truly went above and beyond all the pragmatism behind bathing – keeping clean, healing the skin, preventing disease – to a place where there is only the soul and the...
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The Truth About AEON: Part VII

August 3, 2009
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Conclusions You’ve heard about the good, the bad, and the ugly. You’ve seen what can go wrong, what will go wrong. And hopefully by now, you know a little more about Japan and AEON than when you first came upon my blog. So what will you do? Cancel your trip? Stop filling out the...
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The Truth About AEON: Part VI

August 3, 2009
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The Truth About AEON: Part VI

Walking Through the Role A rough and concise guide to working at AEON for a year. Email me with any questions – I only mention the major events, not the finer details. Research This was originally prompted by a desire to get out into the world and experience something entirely different; to break away...
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The Truth About AEON: Part V

August 3, 2009
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Reprimands and Blogging This entry covers the experience that caused the beginning of the end of a pleasant work environment for me at AEON. No, I didn’t steal anything, insult anyone, or commit a fatal cultural error. I blogged about a business meeting. If you’ve been following me for some time (since September, at...
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The Truth About AEON: Part IV

August 3, 2009
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Naturally, I had many questions at the information session and in the days following my official acceptance into AEON. After all, Japan was an unknown to me: a new world, with trials and tribulations. Who knows what life will hold for me in the land of the rising sun? The recruiter was helpful with...
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The Truth About AEON: Part III

August 3, 2009
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Ignorance Often times, as was the case at my branch, the manager was completely unfamiliar with the contract signed by foreign staff. When I persisted in certain actions that I knew were allowed according to my contract, the manager always had to call headquarters in the end and be put in her place… they...
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The Truth About AEON: Part II

August 3, 2009
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Salesmanship Like any private business, AEON has a certain obligation to maintain sales goals, recruit new clientele, and focus only on the yen at times. This is entirely understandable. I repeat: I understand AEON’s need to be concerned with money; they have to have enough to pay employees, print new materials, cover the utilities,...
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The Truth About AEON: Part I

August 3, 2009
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I am no longer in the world of the eikaiwa. Now that I am free of such a contract, I can reveal to my readers and the world: I worked for AEON (if you didn’t pick up on that already). Why didn’t I mention this earlier? Well, for one, I received an official ken...
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From Shima to Shima, Addendum

August 3, 2009
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Looking back on my articles, I’m thinking I might have been overly critical on Japanese society. Not that I don’t fully agree with everything I wrote, but it would be a shame for someone to only see negatives in a country with so many wonderful aspects. Japanese People Contact with locals can always vary...
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