Starbucks Seasonal Sakura Blossom Latte (2017)

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a Starbucks Lover. I love sweets, and I see Starbucks more as a candy shop than a coffee shop. For real coffee, I’ll go elsewhere… But to satisfy my sweet tooth, I’ll head to Starbucks. Surprisingly though, I haven’t been to Starbucks much since I’ve been in Japan. Money had been tight when I first moved in, so that was my […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in November

Here’s the monthly menu for my meals in November. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t eat lunch with my students. On occasion, I will eat with my students if invited to, but for the most part, I eat in the back of the teacher’s room with the other office staff. At my secondary school, I do eat with my students (which is why there are no pictures from my other […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in October

It’s that time of the month again… Now that October is over, I have a compilation of October’s school lunches. If you didn’t notice, we also got trays this month! My Friday school already has trays, and it looks like my main school is following suite. So, I teach at two different schools. One is strictly an elementary school, and one is a much smaller specialty school that has elementary, […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in September

Here’s September’s school lunch menu! Things are starting to get a little bit different, thankfully! The end of summer vacation and the start of the second semester signals a change in the kyuushoku menu. For the most part, the meals are somewhat seasonal and use only fruits and vegetables that are in season. A lot of the time, students will ask for a certain dish, only to be told that […]

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How to Buy Cheap Fruits in Japan

I hate reading things from people on the Internet who say you can’t find fruit in Japan… This isn’t true. While it’s not a tropical fruit paradise like some of Southeast Asia, and fruits aren’t as cheap as in America, they are out there and there are plenty of them. To be fair, one of my least favorite parts about living in Japan is how expensive import fruits are. Yesterday, […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in July

I hope you find July’s lunches insightful. This is a slightly shorter list because the middle-end of July is when summer vacation starts! Which means that I don’t get lunch for half the month because I’m not in school for half a month. 🙂 I’m also not in school for the majority of August. I think I only worked two days in August. However, because the school lunch is billed […]

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Travelling to Japan With a Peanut Allergy 101

Travelling with an allergy can be a tricky thing, especially in places where you don’t speak the language. A bit of research and preparation can go a long way in these cases, though, because it’s better to be over prepared than under prepared. People with peanut allergies exist in Japan, too, so you won’t get funny looks or people who disregard you when you’re there. While it’s not the most […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in June

Here’s June’s edition of my school lunches! I’m slowly working on the backlog! Please forgive me! If you haven’t noticed, I don’t drink the milk that’s provided with the school lunch. Luckily, my school isn’t too strict about what I have to eat. In fact, I see some other teachers mixing the milk into the coffees they bring to lunch, etc. I have a pack of furikake in my desk […]

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Ramen Review – Cup Noodle Premium “Shark Fin” Flavor

Did you know my first Japan blog was actually started in 2012? I was so amazed by the plethora of flavors and brands available that I decided to start a ramen blog where I chronicled all of the different flavors I ate and my opinions on them. (Un)fortunately, the blog is now deleted and I gave up on the endeavor pretty quickly. I soon realized that buying ramen daily when […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in April/May

Researching teaching in Japan, I heard horror stories about some of the school lunch combinations ALTs are served. Now that I’m a teacher, I decided to contribute and share some of the school lunches I eat on a daily basis. Luckily, I haven’t had any combinations that have made me question the entire system… But that’s not to say that some days are less appetizing than others! This will be […]

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