Farewell Speech to Japanese Junior High School
Mar22

Farewell Speech to Japanese Junior High School

In early March, nearing the end of the Japanese school year, I was asked to give a farewell message to the students of one of the junior high schools where I am an ALT. Even after living here for a year, my Japanese is quite poor. But I wanted the students to understand my message without it coming across like an English class. So I broke the speech up, saying a part in English and then the Japanese translation. It is simple English...

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Things I Wished I Brought To Japan as an ALT (or any English Teacher)
Feb16

Things I Wished I Brought To Japan as an ALT (or any English Teacher)

Approaching the 1 year mark of living in Japan and working as an Assistant Language Teacher in 2 Junior High Schools in Toyota city, Aichi prefecture, I’ve started remembering the months leading up to departure from Australia last year. What stuff do I need that I might not be able to find easily in Japan? What things will be useful as a teacher? What don’t I need to bring? Prepare yourself for living in Japan with this...

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The ALT experience and living in Japan – my first 6 months
Oct11

The ALT experience and living in Japan – my first 6 months

Last month marked my first 6 months of working and living in Japan. Since I arrived in Japan, I’ve been living in Toyota city (Aichi prefecture, near Nagoya), working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) at 2 local junior high schools. This post has been in the works for a few weeks now, whenever I have a few minutes down time. If you are thinking about coming to Japan to live and/or teach English, you’ll get a lot from...

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Get out of the big city and go see historic Japan

Most people when they come to Japan will see Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto… and little else. In Kyoto you can experience traditional Japan, but it can be a bit crowded… Take a look at Narai-juku which is on the Nakasendo, an old highway from Edo (old Tokyo) and Kyoto. 11 post towns, some preserved as they were 200 years ago.   See traditional Japan at...

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Weet-Bix in Japan

Finally I have acquired one of my favourite staples for breakfast… Weet-Bix! A typical breakfast in Japan would be rice, grilled fish, raw egg, pickled vegies and natto. As this is almost exactly what I have for lunch, I need my cereal! There aren’t many cereals to choose from here, there are a few Kellogs brands (Frosties, Cocoa Pops, Corn Flakes etc) but they are very small and very expensive. There are also a few other...

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Driving from Suenohara to Toyota City, then Toyota Stadium… vending machine spotting

Here is a video I took, driving from my house to Toyota city. Originally the video was supposed to help me remember a new route to drive to work, but found it interesting at how many vending machines there were, and where they were. Vending machines in Japan are known as 自販機 (jihanki, which is a shortened version of the full word). Vending machine 自販機 (jihanki) spotting in Toyota city, Aichi, Japan (HD) The video was taken on my...

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