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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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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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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My October Halloween English Board

Depending on your school and how much freedom they give you, you may get your own English board. Before I started as an ALT, I remember looking at other ALTs’ English boards and thinking how cool it was. At my last school, I had zero creative control with anything, so I didn’t have an English board or an English room, or anything whatsoever, so all that preparation was for nothing. […]

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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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My 5 Biggest Complaints With Being an ALT

So you want to be an English teacher in Japan… Good for you! It’s definitely a rewarding job (though I wouldn’t say it’s a career) and it’s a great experience. No matter how much I complain about it, I know I’m going to look back on these days fondly. However, it’s not all rainbows and cupcakes and sparkles. There are definitely a lot of things that are fundamentally wrong with the […]

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JET Program Timeline (2013 and 2014)

Hello everyone! I figured that, since I put my Interac timeline up, I may as well do the same with my JET Program timeline. I hope someone finds this helpful! (Please, please let me know if you do in the comments! It’ll give me some motivation to continue writing and providing soon-to-be-ALTs with any information I can.) So, a little bit of background if you don’t already know my story: I […]

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Interac Timeline (2015-2016)

Chances are, you’ve stumbled onto my blog doing a quick Google search for something Interac-related to read so you don’t go crazy waiting for updates from Interac. I understand completely. It’s a long and tedious wait… And I’ve been through it too, so I can sympathize.   I’ve included my entire Interac timeline, from my application to my first day of training. I departed as part of the Autumn 2015 […]

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