Recent Posts

December 17, 2016

Senkaku Island Dispute: A Brief Guide

Ever heard of the Senkaku Island dispute? Here’s what you should know.

December 9, 2016

Article 9: What is it and why should we care?

A brief introduction to Article 9: What is it and why does it matter?

December 1, 2016

When Trump Met Abe: What Might They Have Talked About?

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.

November 23, 2016

4 No-Prep Filler Games for Your English Classes

Got time to fill in your English class? Here’s a list of quick games that require zero prep or resources.

November 15, 2016

Surviving a Natural Disaster in Japan: An ALT’s Story

What is it like when disaster hits your home in Japan? Evacuated during the severe flooding of his adopted city, Joso, an ALT shares his story.

November 7, 2016

What Would A President Trump Mean for Japan?

The controversial presidential candidate hasn’t held back in his criticism of Japan and its politics, but what would it really mean for the country if he were to be elected?

October 26, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Leaving the Countryside for the City

Going from an environment where I was surprised to see a building with two floors to a place where buildings would dare to go higher than four was a bit of a shock.

October 19, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: The Best and Worst Things About Living in Rural Japan

Between the good, the bad and the downright absurd, you’ll find it all in the Japanese countryside.

Surviving the Inaka: Teaching in a Countryside Classroom
October 12, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Teaching in a Countryside Classroom

What are the big differences between teaching in the countryside and teaching in the city? Will your school have electricity? And is Sweden somehow involved with ISIS?

Surviving the Inaka: Making Your Own Fun
October 5, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Making Your Own Fun

Avoiding boredom and loneliness is key to survival in the inaka. Try these tips to finding your own fun and making friends while you’re at it.

Surviving the Inaka: Learning the language
September 28, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Learning Japanese

The struggles of learning Japanese in the countryside are real. Here’s what you need to do to survive and thrive.

Surviving the Inaka in Japan
September 21, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Foreigner Celebrity Status

Previously marooned in rural Ibaraki, one ALT shares his experience and tips for surviving the Japanese inaka. First up: Dealing with foreigner celebrity status.