Apartment, Kitchen and Space

I finally managed to get time to post about my apartment in Japan.  It is a cute little apartment in a relatively new complex that is close to my school.  I was quite surprised with the space when my predecessor shared photos with me.  Compared to the apartments I have seen for my other friends who work in Tokyo or closer to Tokyo, this apartment is absolute heaven.  Here are some photos: I didn’t need to buy much furniture for […]

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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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My Obon in Japan

Obon is a time in Japan where Japanese people return home (as in parents home or main family house) and pay their respects to the deceased loved ones. Where I live in Kazo, Saitama, shops or semi big grocery stores would close one or two days for their employees to celebrate obon with their family. I did not realise how big or important the occasion was to Japanese people as I was not fully aware of it until one of […]

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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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Home Delivery Surprises

I truly love the delivering system in Japan.  It is by far the most well organised and well-mannered systems I have experienced.  I come from Australia, so mail delivery is always between the hours that are most convenient for the delivery man.  Should you not be at home, there is no problem, because the delivery man will leave you a slip saying you HAVE to pick up your package at the local post office.  The Japanese delivery system is not […]

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Celebrating my birthday – Japan Style

This year, I celebrated my 29th birthday in my new city. This year, I spent it with my “new family” in my new city – my dear colleagues at my school.  My supervisor, T Sensei, at FHS took me to dinner at an Izakaya close by.  It was very lovely of her to take me out to dinner along with F Sensei and the second ALT who started working at Fudooka with me, Alex. The Izakaya was one cozy restaurant with […]

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