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 …

Private Insurance in Japan: My Medical Reimbursement

Is it Christmas in September? Nah, I but it kind of feels like it a little bit. I got reimbursed for a large chunk of medical expenses I had from a few months ago. Thanks InterGlobal! Interglobal is one of the health insurance options for people whose contracted work hours fall just below the limit to necessary for the company to assist with the standard, national health insurance. I got a weird phone call today. Some Japanese company (I think it was my bank) had called me and I couldn’t Continue Reading …

Warning: Watch Out For Low Door Frames in Japan

Please, oh please be careful if you’re a taller person living in Japan. What would I consider tall? I’m going to say somewhere around 5’10” and up (ASIDE: I'm 6'2" if you were curious, I also like warm walks on the beach, and snuggling...wait...too much? Okay...back to the article). When a person’s height starts to hover within a certain range, you will find certain things just slightly more challenging here in Japan: finding clothes that fit (I’m still struggling to do that), negotiating Continue Reading …

The Four Most Important Documents You Need If You’re A Foreigner Living In Japan

Living abroad is a thrilling experience, it’s one of those things I will forever look back on as something that truly changed my life for the better. Getting here initially can be quite daunting for some, I know it was for me. Sometimes just not being able to make heads or tails of things can be pretty hard. So in today’s brief article, I wanted to mention the four most important documents you will have, as a foreigner, while living in Japan. I highly recommend making copies of these things Continue Reading …

Using Embarrassing Moments To Help You Improve Your Japanese

Summer is upon us here in the land of Rising, Scorching, Hot Sun. That endearing, humid heat that's oh so characteristic of Japanese summer is starting. Granted is not as bad as it’s going to get, but we’ve had a couple of those “more humid than normal” days already. Today, it rained ever so lightly, and then the sun started coming out. I felt kinda sticky going to to work. Do you know the kind of weather I’m talking about? The kind of weather that makes sweat in your no-no places, that Continue Reading …