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 …

Ten Days of Japanese Public School Lunch

No matter how you stir it, slice it or serve it, more often than not, teaching public school a full-time job. This means your schools are going to become like a second home of sorts. This is true whether your teaching in the U.S. or teaching in Japan. Spending lots of time at your schools, for many teachers, means that you'll end up eating there pretty regularly, namely during lunch time. Among the many delightful differences between Japanese and American public schools is the public school 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 …

Tales From Japan: Finger Enemas!

Video Transcript The name of today’s tale is Finger Enemas You know I don’t particularly like it when children stick their fingers in my arse. It’s a weird way to kick off a video, but somebody out there needs to hear it, otherwise you’ll end up like me. Nobody told me! Nobody told Donald that there was a finger enema game! Nobody told me. Donald had to find out FOR HIMSELF!! WHAT IS THE KANCHO GAME The word kancho (浣腸|かんちょう) in Japanese means to give an enema. If you're not Continue Reading …

The Five Best Companies To Teach For in Japan

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 …