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Genki 2 Ultimate Japanese Textbook Review 8


Let's take a closer look at the follow-up to the insanely popular Genki 1? Does Genki 2 hold up?

Ultimate Japanesepod101 Review

Struggling to understand the Japanese that you're hearing? Japanesepod101 might be the system that will help you.  

Ten Top Japanese Learning Apps

A good Japanese app can help you solidify the Japanese you're learning.

Looking for the right smartphone app to complement your Japanese studies?

In this post we look a list of apps that can be incredibly useful when applied properly!


Got questions about how to do things in and around Japan? These free guides can help!
Check back regularly as there will a ton more coming very soon!

The Big-Ass Live in Japan FAQ
​Quick NavigationGENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT LIVING IN JAPAN1. What’s it Like to Live in Japan?2. Can I Survive in Japan if[...]


Though there will be other Japan related things in this list as time goes on, these reviews are primarily geared towards bluntly honest reviews of Japanese self-study tools, textbooks, and apps that I have personally used.  
I do recommend some textbooks and courses more highly than others.  Which ones?
You either have to read and find out or check out the upcoming resources page.

The Ultimate Japanese Textbook Review – Genki 2
The Ultimate Japanese Textbook Review.  In today's review we do a detailed Genki 2 Review.  Genki's Elementary Japanese textbook series[...]
Ultimate Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Review
Today is the day!  Though it may sound a bit nerdy (guilty as charged). I've been wanting to do electric[...]
Is JapanesePod101 A Good System for Japanese Listening Practice?
Are you struggling to get in some solid, Japanese listening practice? Is a problem that a lot of people struggle[...]
JapanesePod101 Review: Is It Worth Your Money?
Hey gang!  Before we even get started with this Japanesepod101 review, I want to let you know that YES, I am[...]


These are some of the Japan Guy Articles that have been shared, been commented on quite a bit or have been the subject of a bit of debate. I invite you to join in and share your thoughts, your questions, your ideas, and different points of view...

Quiz Time! Can You Tell The Difference Between Asian Women’s Faces?
​ Am I making a Asian faces quiz because I'm racist?  Or maybe I'm making this quiz about pretty Asian women because[...]
Quiz Time! Can You Tell The Difference Between Asian Men’s Faces
​ I hope you had fun with part one of the Asian faces quiz. You've had a chance to distinguish between[...]
Can Japanese Pop Group AKB48 Get Any Faker? YES, Actually.
If you're an AKB48 fan, I'm still your friend, but I we're going to have to agree to disagree. I[...]


Anime fans rejoice! Japanese animation was a huge love of mine before I ever set foot in Japan, and I'll continue write about it, because something cool always comes along.  Join a discussion. Or test your anime knowledge with a quiz...if you've got the anime chops that is 🙂

Can You Identify these 21 Pairs of Naruto Anime Eyes? Quiz Time!
I was admittedly late, VERY LATE, to the whole Naruto craze, maybe even be a few years after it's initial[...]
Calling All Spirit Detectives! Try This Yu Yu Hakusho Anime Quiz
It's been a while since I've actually lived in United States.  Lately, I've been revisiting so many of the things[...]
Anime Quiz Time! One Punch Man
​ It is a sincere pleasure to post a One-Punch Man anime quiz. One Punch Man falls under thethe awesome,[...]
21 Warning Signs That You Are an Otaku
Ever heard the term otaku before? An English student of mine once explained that オタク translates to mean mania or[...]
You Find a Real-Life Death Note. What Do You Do With It?
[tcb-script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"][/tcb-script] [tcb-script] (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); [/tcb-script]I don’t mind being an otaku, but I DO mind being[...]


Here are articles that catalog some of my teaching experiences, some these were written as I going through these experiences.  Things I wanted to share, things I was obsessing about, things I found weird or funny, etc.
If you've got any interest at all about teaching in Japan, then this hub's for you.

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,[...]
Why Teach in Japan?
​ Quick Navigation Considering My Reasons for Going...THE REASONS I TEACH IN JAPANREASON # 1 - JAPAN CAN BE WAY EASIER[...]
Why I Quit Assistant Language Teaching in Japan
I remember making the decision to quit my job as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with Interac like it was[...]
Two Weeks Of Japanese School Lunch
No matter how you stir it, slice it or serve it, more often than not, teaching public school is a[...]
English Teachers Beware! The Japanese Kancho Game
Today we're going to talk about the kancho game. As much as I wish I could say that Naruto, or[...]
Chocolate-Colored Sensei
Unless I have something extremely pressing to do, I always help the students clean after lunch. As my students and[...]