So You Want to Be An English Teacher in Japan?

Greetings All Aspiring Teach in Japan Expats. Today I'm pulling back the curtain on the Fish Out of Water Video Series! Although it has been available for purchase on Gumroad, I wanted to show the Japan Guy readers more of what it actually is. So here is glimpse at four full videos from the Fish Out Of Water Video Series. Please enjoy them, watch them as much as you like. If you would like to buy the full series, it's $25 over on Gumroad, but I have a special offer for those of you willing to Continue Reading …

Why I Stopped ALT Teaching in Japan

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 …

Chocolate-Colored Sensei

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 …

Why 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 Much Do English Teachers Make in Japan?

Anybody ever have "Career Day" in elementary school? If not, Career Day was a chance for guest speakers to come to a school to talk about what they do for a living.  This would give kids an idea of the possibilities, of what they could be, what they could do with their lives.  I always appreciated how our school would bring in successful, apparently anyway, role models from the work force.  I remember being fascinated by the dentist who came in with the plastic mold of teeth and gums.  I don't Continue Reading …