So You Want to Be An English Teacher in Japan?

By Donald Ash | Fish Out of Water Video Series

Thinking of Teaching in Japan? This video course was made just for you!
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 REALLY share what your biggest challenges are about teaching English here in Japan:

Without further ado, on to the videos:

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Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
  • Pharaoh_Status

    Great stuff, I’m coming to Japan in April to teach and I plan on staying for a long while. It should be a great experience and your post and youtube are really helping me to prepare. Thanks so much brother Donald

    • 200% my pleasure!!! I’m so glad to hear that it’s helping. If I help even one person, it’s worth it for me! Congrats on coming in April. It’s gonna be awesome!!

  • christinanolanXD


  • I wish to study in Japan someday and be a Professor. Wish me luck The Japan Guy! 🙂

  • I wish to study in Japan someday and be a Professor. Wish me luck @thejapanguy:disqus ! 🙂

    • If you can dream it, you can do it, my friend. Rooting for you, Gerald. You got this 🙂

  • joyce anaman

    Hi Donald , I just happen to come across your blog by checking out the blacks in japan.i just want to say your life story .(interesting ) I enjoyed reading all of it and not only that, you are a very handsome man.i am so proud of your accomplishments.ive always wanted to visit japan. and so many other places around the world.i will pray for you.and ask GOD to keep you in his arms of safety and love is sent your way with some (soul) or black love! maybe one day my dream wiil come true. to visit japan.

    • You’re making me blush a little bit, Joyce. Thank you so much for coming by to check out the blog. Thanks even more for the well wishes. I hope you get your chance to visit Japan.

  • Elianna_

    Hi, Donald! I’m interested in Japanese culture and came across your blog. I was just curious what differences you’ve noticed in the expectations/ pressures for kids and students there verses the US. Thanks am looking forward to exploring more!

    • Hi Elianna! Truly interesting question.

      From the outside looking in (from an English-teacher, with no kids here in Japan) I would say there is more pressure here…

      Sure, there’s pressure on students in the US, too but I kinda feel like it more family ingrained/imposed than it is school-imposed (yes, there are exceptions). But here, it feels like mainly because much of the “pressure to perform” is imposed very heavily at home and at school…nationwide.

      Things go from fun and lighthearted in early elementary (K-5) and junior right around sixth grade, to stone cold, serious right around the time students make that transition to middle school. The pressure ensues: kids here ALWAYS seem to be testing, kids are vying to get into the best schools even as early as middle school, cram school on the weekends for loads of students, private vs public school, serious tuition expenses for some families (and we’re not even talking about college yet), and the list goes on…

      But, yep…I’d say there’s more pressure here.

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