Why I Switched Interac Branches (Kansai to Kanto)

If you creep back to the very first posts of this particular iteration of Hello Nihon (not the wordpress version), you’ll see that I really tried to highlight all that Kansai has to offer. I loved it there, honestly. The people were great, the food was amazing, and Osaka was a perfect sized city. A year ago, if it were up to me, there’s no way that I would want […]

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Elementary School & Special Needs Graduation Ceremony

Some parting gifts… 🙁 At my last junior high school, my yearly schedule given to me by Interac was up about a week before the school year was over. This meant that I was gone around the time final exams were being taken (the scheduling was probably done this way to save the Board of Education a few bucks)… And I was gone long before graduation. So when I found […]

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Everything Elementary School – ALT Resources

Now that my time at elementary school is over, I figure that I’d create a link roundup to consolidate every post I’ve made about my time at elementary school! While elementary isn’t that much different from junior high in the realm of teaching in Japan, there are some fundamental differences.This list is still a work in progress because there are a lot of things that teaching elementary entails that I […]

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JET vs. Interac: Why I Chose Interac

This blog originally started as a JET blog because that’s the program I was planning to go with. However, due to quite a few reasons, I decided to go with Interac instead. (I had applied to both at the same time.) Even now, I still get a lot of JET or Interac questions. So I decided I’d cover the most common one: Why on earth did I choose Interac over […]

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First Week with Interac: Junior High School

As I felt I made repetitively clear, I’ve switched schools now that my 2016-2017 school year contract is up. I’ve switched from elementary to junior high, and while I’ll make an in-depth comparison post eventually, for now I’m going to talk about my first week at my new junior high. This isn’t the first time I’ve been at a junior high. I actually started at one my first year of […]

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School Tour: Elementary/JHS School Entrance (Genkan)

Perhaps the most important place of any school is the genkan area. It’s where the school sees all its guests and faculty come and go. It’s more than just an entrance, though: it’s intrinsically linked to Japanese culture, as it’s where everyone takes off their shoes and switches to indoor shoes before entering. Each teacher (ALTs included, of course!) will have their own locker. Sometimes, they’ll have your name on […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in March

Can you believe I finished my year? I’m still in shock. Despite some of the problems I’ve had, I’ve really enjoyed my time working here. Onto the last edition of my monthly school lunches for March. I think that, if you have the opportunity, you should opt into eating school lunches. Not only does it allow you to eat things you may not normally eat, but it also strengthens your […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in February

I can’t believe my contract with Interac is almost up! It’s flown by (though sometimes, it’s felt like it’s dragged on forever…) and I can’t believe the school year is almost over. Here’s February’s menu, as if I need a reminder that I won’t have many school lunches left… When you come to Japan (or even before), one of the first things you hear about school lunches is that you […]

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5 Ways to Appear Busy When You’re Bored

Azumanga Daioh gets it! The ability to look busy even when you’re bored beyond comprehension with nothing to do is an enviable talent. If you were born looking bored (even when you’re literally in the middle of working), I understand your struggle because I am the exact same way. The first piece of advice I got during training was “look busy”. Unfortunately, no one ever told me how exactly to do that. […]

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School Tour: Elementary School Library

I actually don’t spend much time in the library at either of my schools. Honestly, I don’t spend much time in any room other than my English room and the teacher’s room, if I’m being honest. But, for the sake of blogging and being as in depth as I can be, I figured I’d post photos of he library! Now, pictured here is the library for my Friday school. If […]

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