What qualifications do you need to teach English in Japan?
This is probably the most common question I get.
The first time I ever visited Japan, I flew into Narita Airport in late March, super excited for my adventure even after the long flight from the states. I remember … Continue reading
If you pay attention, you might notice people using chap stick every now and again. Did you notice what kind it is? I’ve seen a lot of people in Japan … Continue reading
November 11th is Pocky (& Pretz) Day. (Can you guess why?) “Share Happiness” is Pocky’s slogan and they want you to share Pocky with everyone. This unofficial holiday is one … Continue reading
I was playing a game in my head, matching US States with ‘corresponding’ Japanese Prefectures the other night. Giggling about how Alaska is always compared with Hokkaido, Okinawa is the … Continue reading
I haven’t bought a Snickers bar in at least five years (the checkout area candy bars are tempting after shopping for too long). Randomly I went into a 7-11 when … Continue reading
Cat Island is the nickname for several islands in Japan, so to clarify, I’m writing about Ainoshima in Shingu Town, Fukuoka Prefecture. Home to around 100 stray cats, Ainoshima is … Continue reading
There was a tiny festival on the night of the autumnal equinox in our town, revolving around the ‘equinox flower,’ higanbana (cluster amaryllis or spider lily). It was held along … Continue reading
We got invited to go hiking up Mt. Sefuri in Kanzaki City, Saga Prefecture, along with a couple friends. It was a short and easy enough hike – 1.8 kilometers … Continue reading
You may have seen, heard about, or even eaten whale meat in Japan. I have not eaten it, and am sort of on the fence about it, as it’s unique … Continue reading