Contributor

Alfie Blincowe

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.

Articles

Work

Understanding Japanese Unemployment Insurance

Something everyone working in Japan should know about but hope they never have to use.

By 9 min read

Work

8 Ways for English Teachers to Save a Bad Class

Even the best instructors can have a class that just doesn’t work. Get things back on track with these tips.

By 6 min read

Work

6 Things to Know Before Teaching Company English Classes

No kids in the classroom means no problems, right? Wrong!

By 9 min read

Live

10 Unique Low-Cost Japanese Presents to Send Home for the Holidays

Simple ideas for presents that capture the fun of Japan.

By 8 min read

Explore

5 Misconceptions About the Trains in Japan

They’re not all perfectly punctual futuristic concepts and none of them transform into giant robots.

By 10 min read

Work

6 Types of Preschoolers English Teachers Will Meet in Japan

How to deal with young English learners who range from fun to frustrating.

By 12 min read

Live

Understanding the Japanese Health Insurance System Part 2/2

How to access the medical care and services you need.

By 8 min read

Live

Understanding the Japanese Health Insurance System Part 1/2: How Much Does it Cost?

An easy-to-follow guide for anyone who is confused by Japan's national health insurance plan.

By 8 min read

Work

Surviving the Enkai: How to Prepare for Japanese Drinking Culture at Work

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.

By 8 min read

Work

6 Misconceptions about Teaching English at a Japanese University

Teaching at a university or college is the dream job in Japan, right? Well, the reality might be a little different than the expectation.

By 7 min read

Live

Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 3/3: How Do I Collect?

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.

By 9 min read

Live

Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 2/3: What Will I Pay?

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.

By 6 min read