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November 21, 2017

A Kansai Christmas: Things to See and Do this Winter

There’s something about the uniquely Japanese way in which Christmas is celebrated here that always brings a smile to my face. Illuminations are no different.

November 14, 2017

Your Level Best: What Year of English Study Should You Be Teaching in Japan?

What kind of English teacher are you at the core and what school grade matches your style?

November 1, 2017

What’s Up with School Culture Festivals in Japan?

It’s a culture festival, but in another very real way, it’s also the blood, sweat and tears of your students… It’s bunkasai!

October 27, 2017

Nightmare on the Dotonbori: Top Halloween Spots in Kansai

Here are five spooktastic spots for to get your monster mash on this Halloween in Osaka.

October 24, 2017

5 Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch, Part 2

When it comes to unsettling, chilling and often gruesome films, nothing quite matches the visceral nature of Japanese horror.

October 17, 2017

A Different Challenge: Teaching English to Japanese College Students

Flying solo. One writer details a positive experience navigating new freedoms and challenges in a college-level classroom and provides some quick tips to navigate the new terrain.

October 10, 2017

Losing Your Job In Japan: 7 Tips to Move on and Get a New Gig

As an English teacher in Japan, stable employment can be fragile. Here are seven ways to set up an action plan should the non-renewal of your contract loom on the horizon.

October 3, 2017

Dealing with Depression in Japan

Many foreigners working in Japan live with depression, but few get real help. Here are some tips and resources for handling it.

September 27, 2017

5 Ways To Set — and Keep — Boundaries as an ALT

Contrary to popular belief, ALTs have a voice. They just need to use it… strategically.

September 12, 2017

Preparing for Visits to Japan by Family Members With Health Issues

Mom and Dad are finally visiting — and you just became their travel agent. Here are some things to consider for family members with mobility and health issues.

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September 8, 2017

Losing your Wallet in Japan: What to Do and Where to Go

Attempting to replace the contents of your lost wallet can be an all-day journey. Here is exactly what — and what not — to do if forced to navigate the process of replacing all your important cards.

August 31, 2017

Dyslexia: The Teacher’s Hidden Problem

About 25 percent of school students in Japan may have some form of dyslexia. Here some ways to tell if it could be affecting your English class students and some tips to help.

August 22, 2017

7 Awkward Questions Your Students Will Ask (And How To Reply)

Students sometimes enjoy trying to embarrass ALTs (or just have some fun) with awkward, uncomfortable and often personal questions. Here are few ways to deal with them.

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