Christmas Japan Style

Christmas time is a funny time of the year.  Yes, I say funny.  My own family does not celebrate it. Not in recently year at the very last.  Growing up in an Asian family with hardworking parents, you end up working along with this.  The so-called celebration for me was generally at the family restaurant and meals eaten not at a table but a fridge top.  On a handful of years, my family had gone to a Christmas buffet at […]

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Embracing Thanksgiving

I never quite knew what the big deal was with Thanksgiving.  I only knew that it was a day for families to get together and celebrate with food.  Moreover, I also knew from my previous job that most of my American colleague would by not available to help with any technical issues that occur during that time, so I was on my own.  But this year, I celebrated my first Thanksgiving with a bunch of good JET people at a […]

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School night at Chichibu

Chichibu festival – one of the biggest festivals in Japan that happens every year in December 3rd.  Lucky me – I managed to attend this festival this year with my mate N. I was lucky to be able to get away from work early and take the train to Chichibu.  Chichibu is approximately 2 hours away from the town I live in. It was lots of fun. Filled with heaps of culture and an enormous amount of people.  The official […]

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A Meaningful Tuesday

Not sure how you spent your Tuesday yesterday, but I sure had a great one.  Yesterday, I went and worked at a school that teaches kids who suffer from personal disorders or disabilities.  The school is located in the same area I live in Japan.  The purpose of the school is to teach their students to learn basic knowledge and living skills such as cleaning, washing, and more.  The school also strives to help these kids find a part-time job […]

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Birthday Invitation Cards

Recently I was teaching my student a lesson titled “Thank you for inviting me to your birthday”.  As you could guess from this lesson title, it is about birthdays and inviting someone to a birthday. The lesson was run at my based school.  The full length of the lesson is about 65 minutes. I do Team-Teaching with the Japanese Teacher of English (JTE) for the first 30 minutes.  The structure of the lesson was based on a student textbook.  The […]

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Happy 3-Month Anniversary

Today marks the day where I have lived in Japan for 3 months. Time sure does fly by when you are having fun and enjoying new adventures.  My time so far has definitely not been without obstacles.  Every day is a new adventure.  Every day is a new challenge.  Every day I learn some more about this new place I am living in.  Cheers for all the ALTs for surviving this far. I have already heard a few friends here […]

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English Speaking Social Club (ESS Club)

At my base school, there is an ESS club.  ESS stands for English Speaking Social Club. Not every Japanese High school has such a club.  It is mostly the high academic or high school that have a strong focus on English that have time.  It is typically a group of high school students who come together after school in their own time and they use it as an opportunity to speak in English or do activities such as games in […]

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Culture Shock in Japan 101

Different people experience different levels of cultural shock depending on their upbringing, life experience, general expectation or mentality to handling change or differences.  Since I started my new journey in Japan, I have experienced a number of cultural shock here.  It hasn’t affected me majorly or made me personally disoriented in anyway due to unfamiliar ways of life in Japan.  Nonetheless, I have had a few “moments” of shock that I want to share and talk about. More information – […]

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Fluffy and Fury – Cat Cafe

Cat Cafes. I never knew what the big fuss was about cat cafes so I went to one in Omiya, Saitama.  The idea to go was actually my colleagues suggestion.  We headed to a cafe that was close by Omiya Station.  For what was considered a weird suggestion turned into an interesting experience. The cafe was called Nekoya.  We arrived at the cat cafe with a group of about 9 people.  There was a lady who met up us at […]

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