English teaching may pay Alfie Blincowe's bills, but when he's not involved giving lessons he is more active with his creative side on his blog. A fan of Japanese literature, history and desserts, Alfie's been known to work in exchange for sweet potatoes as it is where most of his money would go anyway.
Something everyone working in Japan should know about but hope they never have to use.
Even the best instructors can have a class that just doesn’t work. Get things back on track with these tips.
No kids in the classroom means no problems, right? Wrong!
Simple ideas for presents that capture the fun of Japan.
They’re not all perfectly punctual futuristic concepts and none of them transform into giant robots.
How to deal with young English learners who range from fun to frustrating.
How to access the medical care and services you need.
An easy-to-follow guide for anyone who is confused by Japan's national health insurance plan.
Whether you love drinking with colleagues or hate it, it’s a necessary part of life in Japan. Here are some tips to get you through your first — or next — work party.
Teaching at a university or college is the dream job in Japan, right? Well, the reality might be a little different than the expectation.
A breakdown of how to get the money you are entitled to after contributing to the Japanese pension scheme. Whether you plan to retire here or are leaving Japan or your home country — this guide is for you.
Whether you work in Japan for a limited or extended period of time, here’s a breakdown of the amount you will contribute to the pension plan and what you can expect to get out of it.