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August 17, 2017

Preppers: 3 Tips for ALTs to Make the Most of Summer

Don’t just sit at your desk. Summer is a relaxing break, but it’s also a chance to level-up your ALT skills.

August 16, 2017

5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Smartphone in Japan

Hello, can you hear me? I’m in Japan dreaming about who I could be — if I had the most stress-free phone plan in all the land. Adele lyrics aside, here are some of the best plans for foreigners looking for quick, easy and relatively cheap data services.

August 4, 2017

Stand and Deliver: 6 Tips for Creating ALT Lesson Plans

Generally, ALT lessons follow a certain structure, so learning the basic lesson plan should make your life easier when preparing for classes — in advance or on-the-fly.

August 3, 2017

Story Hunter: Universal Messages Drawn without Words

A new “silent” manga contest is looking for the next great talent — and an editor to guide them.

Alata by Alternative Theatre Lead
August 1, 2017

Alata: 5 Reasons to See this Crazy New Samurai Action Musical

How does that phrase go? Only in Japan.

July 20, 2017

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan, Part 2

Each public school in Japan has its own unique routines with students and expectations of teachers. If you’re new to teaching in a Japanese school, learning these idiosyncrasies on the first day can make the rest of the term a breeze.

July 5, 2017

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan

Don’t forget those indoor shoes! An ALT’s first steps into their new school are some of the most important. Here’s how to make a great first impression.

Things to do in Suginami (Koenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo, Nishi-Ogikubo), Tokyo
June 30, 2017

24 Hours in Suginami Tokyo

Only have one day to spare in Tokyo? Experience the city like a local with this immersive itinerary for Suginami Ward — and prepare to forget everything you thought you knew about Japan.

June 21, 2017

Introducing You: 6 Tips to Make Your First ALT Lesson Pop

Get your classes interested in their new English teacher on the first day to overcome nervousness and create a fresh spark for the term.

8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Nihonbashi
June 13, 2017

8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Nihonbashi

In Japan, all roads lead to Nihonbashi — so what to do when you get there? Here are eight unconventional ideas to get you started.

June 7, 2017

Training Day: Use Orientation to Learn New Skills for the Job Ahead

Before heading to a classroom, you’ll get some coaching on being an ALT in Japan — use the time develop good habits and show your adaptability.

Akihabara at night
June 5, 2017

24 Hours in Akihabara

Make the most of a day in Tokyo’s “Electric Town” with this whirlwind itinerary of geeky shrines, electronics shopping, arcades, maid cafés and extreme ramen.

Takamine Onsen
May 29, 2017

Bathing Above the Clouds at Takamine Onsen

This picturesque ryokan in the mountains of Nagano looks like something from a fantasy travel magazine. Good news: It’s real and the owner wants you to come and discover it.

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