Chocolate-Colored Sensei

Creepy Chocolate man

Unless I have something extremely pressing to do, I always help the students clean after lunch. As my students and I were cleaning on this one particular day, I was in the hallway sweeping and I overheard some of my 2nd graders randomly calling out colors in English. My ears quickly zeroed in on this conversation. These students were actually practicing the colors we had been working on in a previous lesson. They made it into a game. One kid would call out a color in English and then Continue Reading …

What Teaching Superpower Do You Have?

What Teaching Super Powers Do You Have?

I was making my "Wonder Goo" run the other day, it’s this super store with video games, dvds, books, and all kinds of other cool stuff. As I was walking through, being the nerdboy that I am, I stopped because I saw a cool-looking X-Men First Class, DVD display. I watched some of the scenes, and thought about how much I enjoyed the movie when I saw it in the theater. It’s superhero movies like those that take me back to my old comic book days. My brain started making weird connections it always Continue Reading …

Why Teach English in Japan?

Wanna Teach English in Japan?

Stressful That's how I'd describe those last months prior to making my big move to Japan. I can vividly remember that last-ditch, Herculean effort to see all the people I cared about most. I knew it would be a while before I’d make it home again. I remember calling one friend in particular and being so excited to tell her that I was moving to Japan. My enthusiasm fell a bit flat when I realized that she didn’t share my enthusiasm, and it wasn't for the reasons I thought. I was thinking Continue Reading …

How To Register For the JLPT Online in Japan

LoppiMachine

YIKES! It's April 30th already?? What's so special about the 30th? Well, today last day to register for July 6th, 2014 JLPT test. With so little time left, the best way to sign up, if you still wanna take it is to register online. Today we'll walk through all the steps, from start to confirmation, to get yourself registered to kick some JLPT arse! There are three basic parts of the registration process: 

1. Get a “MyJLPT ID” 2. Select Your Exam 3.Pay the JLPT Registration Continue Reading …

Welcome to Tokyo, Donnie

Struggling to figure out Japan life? Click Here!

I’ve fallen into that same old habit again, not writing when I don’t have any good news to report, but lately I realize that’s contrary to why I started this blog in the first place. This blog was intended to be a resource, a journal and an insight into Japan life from this foreigner’s perspective. I have been a genuine funk for several weeks. I can’t say whether it’s because I left Tsukuba, if it’s the bustle of lugging all of my things to Tokyo, having to move into shared housing, the Continue Reading …