working in Japan

A Great Card Game That Will Help Teach Japanese Kids English

If you are living and working in Japan (or plan to), there is a very good chance that you are teaching English. I have been teaching English here for the better part of a decade. I have taught every level and type of student. Teaching children are particularly enjoyable. My favorite age group is 8-12-year-olds…

It’s the Small Things: 5 Reasons Why Japan is So Lovable!

Since arriving in Tokyo, there are so many everyday interactions and experiences that I have learned to love here. The Japanese hospitality, social etiquettes, and the amazing public transport system are obvious ones but there are a few other things that I see and experience that I absolutely love and very rarely see, if at…

First-Time English Assistant Language Teacher in Japan? Here are 5 Things You Should Know!

More and more people are planning long-term overseas experiences in Japan that involve teaching English as their vehicle. After speaking with a current Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), it inspired me to share some of the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way, which might help others embarking on the same journey. Although experiences may vary,…

5 Essential Phrases to Remember that will Help with Everyday Life in Japan!

In the English-speaking world, Japanese is famous for being a difficult language to learn. One particularly challenging aspect is that English and Japanese just don’t match up. While many concrete words like eat or vegetables are easy to look up, sometimes the dictionary can be unclear, or downright deceiving. You can study that moyamoya means…

Living in Japan and on the Job Hunt? Here’s 5 Great Tips to Nail that Interview!

Job interviews are a complicated matter on their own; add to that experience certain Japanese business etiquettes and you may have a disaster waiting to happen but only if you are not prepared. In this particular instance, understanding the criteria that the interviewers focus on, regardless of the questions, is key in order to convey…

How Can I Find a Part-Time Job in Japan?

Foreigners living in Japan that do not have a steady flow of income or people that want just an extra source of income might consider taking a part-time job (arubaito) to earn that extra cash. Finding a part-time job in Japan doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are some points that should be considered…

Want to Live in Japan Permanently? Here’s How to Become a Citizen

Do you want to live in Japan permanently, and enjoy the safety, security, and stability that comes with being a citizen here? You wouldn’t be the first to want to or try to achieve this. After all, Japan is seen as a great place to set up home for many people over the world. Particularly…

Grandchild–Care Leave: A New Solution for the Japanese Grandparents

It is very hard to find a babysitter in Japan. And even if you do, chances are the cost will be horribly expensive! What makes it worse are many households are “two-income” where both parents work to provide for the family. So who is left with the children then? – The Grandparents. The New System…

How To Write Your Resume in Japan?

If you are a foreigner in Japan looking for a part-time job, you probably already know that Japanese resume writing is almost a job in itself. Here I would like to tell you about ‘rirekisho’ (resume) writing strategies that will help you land the ‘arubaito’ (Japanese for part-time job) that will pay for the good…