by Elena

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Finding work in Japan: Exposing the Dark Side of Getting a Job in Japan

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here. In my previous articles I talked a bit about how I managed to get a job in Japan, visas, procedures and my training in Shizuoka. For part one of this article series, check here: Finding work in Japan: Positive and…
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Finding work in Japan: Both the Dark and the Bright Side

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here and last time I explained a bit of how I got a visa in Japan, how did my training start and what I felt teaching for the first time in a Kindergarten. For part one of this article series, check…
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The Japanese Old Woman that Raises Ducks: PET or FOOD?! Caring or Animal Cruelty?!

This Monday, on the Japanese TV Show 月曜から夜ふかし(Getsuyou kara Yofukashi), in the Investigation Section, people sent a request to the staff in order to investigate it further. The request was about an Old Woman that has an unusual pet: a duck. The duck always follows the old woman on the streets of Tokyo and seems…

Niseko: A Guide to the Hokkaido Resort

Niseko, located on the western coast of the island of Hokkaido, is widely known for having one of Japan’s biggest and most consistent snowfalls, averaging some 15 meters per year. In fact, it may be the snowiest place in the world, which makes it a pretty popular destination for Australians and the international ski market.…

The Future of Japanese Tea: Sayama Tea Blends and Tea Culture in Japan

This year, in November, I was lucky enough to participate in an event organized by Pony Canyon (PoniCan), quite a famous name here in Japan and recognized overseas, as well. The spotlight of the event was Sayama Tea(狭山茶/ Sayama Cha) and me and my coworker even got to taste various blends in the second half…