Recent Purchases: Cats, Gudetama, Starbucks, & Skincare

I wanted to start a new series on my blog called “recent purchases”. I’ll give you one guess as to what the posts will contain… To be honest, I have a lot of pictures on my phone of things that I would like to share but I can’t. Most of the time, I can’t really find an appropriate blog topic to use them with, or I don’t have enough pictures […]

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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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Instant Yakisoba Noodles

My current school schedule doesn’t leave much time for me to cook sometimes. I’m trying to prep my meals better and eat healthier, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Which means that, a lot of time time, I end up eating a classic one-man Japanese dish: instant noodles. Because of this, I get to try a lot of instant noodle brands and options. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll […]

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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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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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“Kill Bill Restaurant” Gonpachi in Nishiazabu

My mom came to visit me again in March. Because she had already visited me last year and we had already went around Tokyo after I graduated, I was struggling to find things to do with her that we hadn’t done before. We had already done all of the typical Tokyo tourist stuff, so I tried to find new things. I threw around the idea of themed restaurants, but a […]

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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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