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Shyam Bhardwa

Shyam is an expat from London, England, who has been in Japan for four years. When not writing, you can often catch him at one of his favorite cafes or unwinding through his love of cooking.

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The Best 24-Hour Coffee Shops and Internet Cafes in Tokyo

Missed the train? Have a to pull an all-nighter? Check out these options for all-night cafes.

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Balancing Fun and Engaging English Lessons

Tips for managing fun with effective learning in the classroom.

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Cultural Exchange: Building Rapport with Japanese Teachers

Making a positive and collaborative relationship with your fellow Japanese teachers is great for your work and integration into the culture.

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Tips for Managing Disruptive Behavior in English Classes

Have students who just make a mess of your lessons? Here’s how you can modify or change the bad behavior.

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Reviving the Classroom: Motivating a Quiet English Class

Is the class falling asleep on you today? Here are some ways you can wake them up.

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Banking Made Easy: Why Suruga Bank is Best for Foreigners in Japan

Banking in Japan as a foreigner can be a pain, but with Suruga Bank, it doesn’t have to be.

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Moving Made Easy: A Checklist for Moving to a New Apartment in Japan

When moving to a different neighborhood or city in Japan, there's much to remember to ensure a smooth transition. Here's a guide so you don't forget anything

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Apartment Hunting Do’s and Don’ts in Japan

How to find an apartment using Japanese agencies and snap it up.

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Ghosted: Non-confrontational Dating Culture in Japan

Getting a rejection in Japan isn’t always a clear no – sometimes, you have to read between the lines.

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Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo/Yokohama: The Shonan-Shinjuku Line

The line that takes you to work and gets you away—work and play on the Shonan-Shinjuku line.

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Tips for New English Teachers and ALTs in Japan

Here's what to expect and how to approach your fellow teachers and your students, to be part of the school community in no time.

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Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo/Yokohama: The Keihin-Tohoku Line

Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawaguchi, Saitama and Kawasaki—the Keihin–Tohoku line is a convenient and affordable train line for anyone searching for an apartment with options for food and fun.

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