Asakusa Guide: Kaminarimon, Nakamise, Hozomon, Sensoji

My cousin came to visit me in Japan in the fall, and only now am I finally getting around to looking at the pictures I took. We went to a lot of places, but I think one of my favorites was a place I hadn’t been to in a long time… Asakusa. Actually, my last time I was in Asakusa was in 2012, almost 5 years ago! Things were more […]

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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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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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School Tour: The Teacher’s Room

Without a doubt, the teacher’s room is where you’re going to spend a majority of your time at school. If you thought you’d be in a classroom most of the time… Well, I hate to burst your bubble. In fact, for me specifically (remember, every situation is different), on my busiest days, I’ll still spend at least 4 hours in the teachers room. Yes, even when I teach 4-5 classes […]

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School Tour: My English Room (Elementary School ALT)

One of the most disheartening things to me, when I first started teaching, was the fact that I didn’t have my own classroom. (Heck, I didn’t even have my own English board!) I knew an entire classroom dedicated to English was a lot to expect, especially because I’m not even technically a full time teacher! Though, I think it’s more common to have English rooms in elementary schools (where they […]

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