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What You Should Know Before Moving to Japan

What You Should Know Before Moving to Japan

Now that I’ve put out there the things you should and should not bring to Japan, my personal to-do list before moving to Japan, and most recently the 6 things you should do before moving to Japan, and now that I’ve shamelessly plugged in links […]

6 Things to Do Before Moving to Japan

6 Things to Do Before Moving to Japan

  So you’re moving to Japan! You’ve been hired, you’ve read, signed and mailed every bit of paperwork and by now you might also have even Googled every bit of information about your new home the internet possesses reaching back into its darkest corners. But […]

100 Life Goals- Why You Need Goals in Your Life

100 Life Goals- Why You Need Goals in Your Life

So you’ve finally made it! You’ve saved and worked and sweat and worked some more, done all the research, and you’re there. Your dream-turned-goal has been realized! Congratulations! But what happens next? This has been plaguing me in those quiet moments before you fall asleep […]

How to Teach a Speech- Going to the Ibaraki Prefecture English Speech Competition!

How to Teach a Speech- Going to the Ibaraki Prefecture English Speech Competition!

Every year in Kasama City, Jr. High students from all over Ibaraki come together with their teachers and their ALT’s to present their own unique 5-minute speech. This year 78 students participated, split into 2 groups. Yeah, that means before lunch we sat through 39 […]

Kairaku-en, Ume Matsuri and the Return of the Volunteer Tour Guides!

Kairaku-en, Ume Matsuri and the Return of the Volunteer Tour Guides!

Located in Mito City in Ibaraki Prefecture, Kairakuen (偕楽園) has been designated as one of the three most beautiful parks in Japan. And lucky me, I only live about 40 minutes drive south! In general, Kairakuen is a pretty park, but I’ve seen much more […]

School Life in Japan: Sports Day!

School Life in Japan: Sports Day!

Summer break is over, the homework is turned in and 2nd term has started. You know what this means? You got it! Sports Day! The late summer air filled with students cheering and laughing, teachers screaming encouragement (because no one here is competitive at all, […]

Taking the JLPT in Japan- How I’m Learning Japanese!

Taking the JLPT in Japan- How I’m Learning Japanese!

I’ve now been living in Japan for a year and a half and I have yet to write anything about learning Japanese! Shameful! The truth is, my Japanese ability is pretty embarrassing. When I thought I was leaving last March I stopped studying over the […]

Stories From China: May I Take Your Picture?!

Stories From China: May I Take Your Picture?!

Being one of two Westerners in a rural Japanese town leads to some staring. They still stare into my shopping basket and they still watch me walk into the bank. I thought I was used to it. I thought China couldn’t possibly stare any more […]

A SoCal Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Seasons- Part 2: Fall and Winter!

A SoCal Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Seasons- Part 2: Fall and Winter!

Here we go! The year is moving fast and it’s time for a new survival guide! Hope it helps and let me know if you have any more questions! Fall Ah, the fall. My #1 most favorite season, especially in Japan! Summers humidity is gone, […]

Bored in Japan: What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Teachers Room

Bored in Japan: What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Teachers Room

It’s happened. You’re in Japan. You finished all the training. You have all your materials and your Survival Kit is ready for anything. You’re ready to teach up a storm! Ready, Set…. Sit in the Teachers Room. Not every day as an ALT is terribly […]