Japan Talk 4: Standards of Handsomeness

Session 4 of Japan Talk

In this Japan Talk we look at the flip side of our last discussion, Japanese Standards of Beauty. What are the universal qualities that make a man handsome? Is it muscles, it power, is it money, is it actually having an attractive face? I'd really love to hear your thoughts on this one. Check out the latest Japan Talk, Please feel free to share your comments below, and share :D TRANSCRIPT IN PROGRESS... Continue Reading …

Genki One: Japanese Textbook Review

Genki One Japanese, Textbook Review

If you’re an expat who didn’t major in Japanese during your college days and you’re starting to learn Japanese from scratch here in Japan, it can be daunting to say the least. You’re not alone. Actually, you would be exactly like me when I came. I didn’t really start studying Japanese until I was several months into the first year of my stay. I had a pretty comfortable, English-teaching position at a nearby 英会話 (eikaiwa - English conversation school). I had a pleasant routine going. 1. Continue Reading …

Japanese English That Will Make You Giggle

Funny Cup Noodles Slogan

I was going back through some old pictures of mine and came across some funny, Japanese English gyms. For those who have been here for quite some time, you probably know quite well that you're bound to bump into some silly English word or phrase. This is the reason I love smart phones so much. Often you encounter the craziest Japenglish expressions when you're least expecting to. From Business logos, to t-shirts, to products, to marketing promotions, to commercials, to acting scripts (oh Continue Reading …

Hello Kitty Plus Sadako Equals Terrifyingly Cute

Hello Sadakitty towel

On my way home from work, I usually pass through this rather peaceful, Yokohama neighborhood. While strolling, I decided to take a detour. I wanted to take some time to soak in those beautiful Japanese sunset oranges and pinks. Gazing at the sky and daydreaming without a care in the world, I suddenly noticed something moving out of corner of my eye. A rather odd kitten crossed my path. The cat was wearing a dress and apparently, a wig. This didn’t strike me as strange because In Japan, it’s Continue Reading …

The Five Best Companies To Teach For in Japan

Donald Ash Teaching English

People come to Japan for a planeload of different reasons. Some have an extreme fascination with Japanese culture: anime, J-pop, Japanese festivals, and the Japanese language. Other foreigners may be seeking a way to broaden their horizons, broaden their resumes, up their dating game (let’s be honest), or find a professional change of pace. Regardless of the reasons for coming, one of the common vehicles for people to realize their Japan dreams is through teaching English. Japan can offer the Continue Reading …