Making Kiritampo in Akita, Japan (TBT)

Kiritampo is one of the most popular regional foods in Akita. It’s starting to gain traction in other regions now (I even saw a kiritampo nabe place in Tokyo!), but if you don’t know what it is, it’s basically just mashed rice on a stick that’s grilled. And it makes sense, considering that Akita itself is known for its high quality rice… But the actual process, though it sounds simple, […]

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Why I Switched Interac Branches (Kansai to Kanto)

If you creep back to the very first posts of this particular iteration of Hello Nihon (not the wordpress version), you’ll see that I really tried to highlight all that Kansai has to offer. I loved it there, honestly. The people were great, the food was amazing, and Osaka was a perfect sized city. A year ago, if it were up to me, there’s no way that I would want […]

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Elementary School & Special Needs Graduation Ceremony

Some parting gifts… 🙁 At my last junior high school, my yearly schedule given to me by Interac was up about a week before the school year was over. This meant that I was gone around the time final exams were being taken (the scheduling was probably done this way to save the Board of Education a few bucks)… And I was gone long before graduation. So when I found […]

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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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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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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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My JET Program Personal Statement Essay (2014)

As you may or may not know, this is the blog of an English teacher in Japan. I’m not with the JET Program, but with Interac instead. To give this post more credibility, I was accepted by JET in both 2014 and 2015, but chose to go with Interac. (The blog post #1 on my to-do list is one that will explain my reasoning for doing so… I’ll post it eventually, I […]

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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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