Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in December

December is over! Well, I only worked half of December anyway and had (unpaid and paid) vacation the rest of the time… Let’s talk about the size of my school lunches. I worked in a Junior High under my last board of education, and let me tell you that there is a very big difference between the JHS meals and ES meals. Primarily, the difference was in the size. When […]

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Make Your Own Okonomiyaki in Asakusa, Tokyo

If you are familiar with Japanese foods, when you think of okonomiyaki, you may think of Kansai (Osaka in particular). You’d be right in thinking this… However, in recent times, okonomiyaki can be found everywhere! In fact, did you know that there are multiple styles of it? When I make okonomiyaki at home, I always make it Hiroshima-style because that way is my favorite. Hiroshima-style includes yakisoba noodles as a […]

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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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Cheap Travel Within Japan and Going Abroad

I recently posted about my Japan Bucket List, which has got me more motivated than ever to start crossing some of the things on there off! I’m on a poor teacher’s salary, so I don’t have a lot of money to spend on traveling (plus I really like to eat, so that’s where 70% of my salary goes anyway). But I still make traveling possible! I wanted to share with […]

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Starbucks Seasonal Sakura Blossom Latte (2017)

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a Starbucks Lover. I love sweets, and I see Starbucks more as a candy shop than a coffee shop. For real coffee, I’ll go elsewhere… But to satisfy my sweet tooth, I’ll head to Starbucks. Surprisingly though, I haven’t been to Starbucks much since I’ve been in Japan. Money had been tight when I first moved in, so that was my […]

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The Narita Express (NEX) from Tokyo to Narita Airport

I’m not even going to sugarcoat it: I hate Narita Airport. You can read my Yelp review about it if you really want to know the details, but I’ll outline them for you here: It’s far away It’s expensive to get to It’s inconvenient I much prefer Haneda Airport because of it’s proximity to the city, but unfortunately most of the flights that go there are way more expensive and […]

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Thrifting in Japan: Clap Hands in Yokohama

After my jaunt to Cosmo World, I decided to take a walk around and check out World Porters for lunch. Since I wasn’t super hungry, I decided to take a walk through the different floors. I go to World Porters pretty often (Hawaiian Town!) so I’m familiar with a good number of the shops inside. However, I had never noticed (or maybe I noticed it, but I didn’t pay any […]

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Average Daily Elementary School Timetable Schedule

Coming from a Western country, your school day and the school day you’ll be working should be about the same. Though the specific hours may vary, you can expect to arrive in the morning and leave in the late afternoon. My current schedule is 8:15~4:25 but I’ve previously worked 8:00~4:00 and 8:10~4:15. (Are you seeing a general pattern?) Within those hours, I generally have between 2 to 4 classes a day. […]

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Thrifting in Japan: Watt Mann Super Recycle Shop

Talking with my friends, I only recently realized how often I go to thrift stores. I absolutely love thrifting in the States, and even more so in Japan. The standards for what stores will take are generally higher than a Goodwill or Salvation Army, so you’re getting good quality clothes in Japan. Watt Mann’s is my current favorite thrift store in the area. Before moving to Yokohama, I had never […]

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