Japanese In A Flash 6: AAAAAHHH!!!

Japanese in a Flash 6: AAAAAAHHH!!!

Happy Halloween Everybody!! In today's Japanese in a Flash we take a look at one of greatest music videos ever produced. We use this famous video to help us learn some fun, Halloween vocabulary. ENJOY! Continue Reading …

Ten Days of Japanese Public School Lunch

Time To Eat japanes 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?

How Much Do English Teachers in Japan Make?

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 …

What is the Greatest Ghibli Film Ever Made?

What Is the Best Ghibli Film?

"Timeless." "Anime." "Classics." These are the three words I would use to describe the feature films from Ghibli studios. There have been some many great ones, while others have just been, well, meh. But deciding which ones are best is really a matter of perspective. Do you enjoy crying your eyes out? Then maybe you might choose Grave of the Firefles. Do you like more lighthearted anime? Then maybe Howl's Moving Castle suits you better. Or maybe you prefer the visually stunning, creative Continue Reading …

21 Warning Signs That You Are an Otaku

Karen is A Classic Otaku

Ever heard the term otaku before? An English student of mine once explained that オタク translates to mean mania or enthusiast, and later became associated with those endaring expressions "geek" or "nerd." You probably know the traditional nerd stereotype already: the glasses-wearing, fashion-aloof, pocket-protector wearing, Mark Zuckerberg-ish (sorry, Mark), man or woman who keeps to themselves and is so into a subject (usually, but not limited to, academic or electronic) that they barely Continue Reading …