Seasons Greetings To You and Yours!

Merry Christmas, Gang!

This is a super quick post to wish all Japan Guy readers a happy and a safe holiday season. Eat plenty of turkey (Christmas chicken if you're in Japan?) and all of that good stuff. I look forward to seeing you soon. Happy Holidays! Sincerely, Donnie Continue Reading …

Why I Stopped Teaching as an ALT in Japan – Part 1

Why I Decided to stop Doing ALT Work in Japan 2

I remember making the decision to quit my job as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with Interac like it was yesterday. I remember the anxiety, I remember thinking "How am I gonna explain my reasoning to people?" Why did I stop? Where do I begin? Well, I guess we’ll just take it from the top... I had been working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with the dispatch company Interac for about a year-and-a-half when I decided to stop teaching. This decision wasn’t a sudden one at Continue Reading …

Which Picture Do You Like Best?

Sketches for the JapanGuy

Hey gang, working on a little project for thejapanguy and I wanted to get your feedback. Even if it's been a while since you've commented, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you had to choose ONE of these pictures as your favorite. Which one would you choose? Feel free to say why you would choose it, too. The comments section is all yours! Continue Reading …

How Do You Start Learning Japanese?

Japan Guy Genki Review

A common question I get here at the Japan Guy Blog is how to get started learning Japanese. It's a HUGE question and it's part of the reason I've been a bit absent lately (sorry to all the Japan Guy readers out there). But this is the book that got me started and I hope you check out the video to find out the what I don't like about Genki, and then some. Thanks for watching! Donnie Continue Reading …

Japan Talk 3: Standards of Beauty

Japan Talk Cover Session 3

Here is the third session of Japan Talk Gang. The transcript is on the way! In the meantime, please make sure to take a moment to share your thoughts. Beauty is one of those qualities that can be universal, but definitions of what beauty is will vary from one country to another. In your opinion, what makes a woman beautiful. The comment section is all yours. Feel free to share a little, or heck...write a book down there if you like (I love when people really get into their discussions :) Continue Reading …