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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Thrifting in Japan: Don Don Down on Wednesdays

I can’t remember where I’ve seen their logo before, but I know that I’d seen it. I had no idea what it was for, so I promptly ignored it… It wasn’t until I was doing research on thrift stores, trying to find more in my area, that I came across it again… Don Don Down on Wednesdays.  That’s a real mouthful. And that’s the name of the thrift store that […]

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My Last Day(s)

I feel like the resentment towards one of my schools was pretty apparent in my blog posts recently. If I got away undetected, I’m glad because I really tried to remain neutral. Anyway, after a (very long) year there, I finally had my last lesson and finally my last day came. I’m never good with goodbyes. My high school and college graduations? I was a gonner. Leaving a part time […]

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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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Cosmo World Amusement Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

For Valentine’s Day, I planned an outing to Kannonzaki Lighthouse. In return, and as an early White Day adventure, my SO took me to Cosmo World. I’ve been begging to go since we moved to Yokohama, but we always found something more important to do on the weekends… Then it got too cold… But I was determined to go! Luckily, the random weekend we choose was perfect. It had been […]

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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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Interac Contract Renewal Timeline (2016-2017)

I know that I’ve already posted about my Interac timeline for 2015-2016, from getting hired to training… So you may be wondering what this post is about. Without getting into the details, I transferred branches at the end of my contract with Interac Kansai. There’s an entire story that goes along with this that I keep alluding to, and I swear that I will spill the beans in good time. (I’m […]

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Why I’m Moving Schools

This post is probably going to be the most personal experience I’ve written about so far. I wanted to do it because it’s important to show you all that living in Japan isn’t great all the time… There are times when it can be hard and you’ll run into problems. Honestly, there are a few experiences like this that I’ve made a note of to write about eventually, so maybe […]

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What to Do if You’re in Japan and Don’t like Japanese Food

Yikes… You’re in Japan but you don’t like Japanese food? Have fun starving to death… Just kidding. For such a homogeneous nation, there are a plethora of different dining options if you don’t like Japanese food. Do be warned, however, that many of these places may not serve Japanese food, but the dishes are still catered to a Japanese palate. To me, these kinds of dishes feel like you’re eating […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in January

It’s good to be back in the routine… Kind of. Being on vacation always makes me want to quit working. Anyway, here’s January’s school lunches. I also (finally) remembered to take a picture of the whole month’s menu, in case you were wondering what that looks like. If you can’t read Japanese, it may be a bit difficult for you at school… My main elementary school is a “self service” […]

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