Why Japanese is the Easiest Functional Language

April 16, 2017

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

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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Getting a Cell Phone vs SIM Card in Japan

April 7, 2017

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

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

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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How to Best Use Airbnb for Budget Travel

March 20, 2017

What are some of the problems facing Airbnb hosts and guests, and how can you, as a budget traveler, be on the lookout? Once A Traveler explains.
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How Gambling Varies in Different Countries

March 11, 2017

I've seen the ways citizens of several different countries gamble in my travels. Do you prefer sports betting, blackjack, or something else entirely?
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