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May 7, 2018

This is my latest guest post for Craig Hoffman's blog, Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin. I highly recommend reading the other posts this blog for anyone who wants to know more about living and working in Japan long term. Enjoy! 

Hey Grey, Grizzled, and Gaijin readers. This is...

April 11, 2018

When I'm not teaching or working on this blog, I help run the blog section of ALT Training Online. Here's my post from March 2018. Enjoy!

Imagine, if you will, the perfect ALT training environment.

Multiple ALTs can regularly meet in a common workspace to share ideas and...

April 6, 2018

Rise and shine! The time you spend in the morning before teaching your class can either set you up for success or make your day rough. Master your mornings and your day will be a breeze! Here are my tips to have a good morning, every morning.

1. Have a routine morning

Th...

March 7, 2018

When it comes to today's professional environment, building skills is the name of the game. Many ALTs have degrees that fall outside of the business and STEM categories. That means that we need to develop our transferable skills in order to be competitive in the curren...

November 24, 2017

So you've decided to stay in Japan for your winter vacation, huh? Nice choice! This is an excellent chance for you to experience an important time of year in Japan. There are lots of places to explore and tons of seasonal food to eat. The most difficult part of staying...

November 9, 2017

Technology has made our world a much smaller and more informed place. When thinking about the first ALTs that came to Japan back in the 80s, it must have been tough to have to rely on the interwebs for papers for finding information about local events and specialty sho...

October 11, 2017

When thinking about all of the things ALTs do it Japan, I'm reminded of one of my favorite funny English quotes from t-shirt, "Life is simple, but it's just not easy." Truer words were never awkwardly translated. The job of an ALT is pretty much the same: simple, but n...

August 28, 2017

Summer in Japan means that it's time for festivals! The biggest one in Yokkaichi is the Grand Yokkaichi Festival. It's held every year on the first full weekend of August.

This year's festival was special because the city celebrated the 120th anniversary of the founding...

June 28, 2017

Getting ready to move to another country is an exciting but sometimes stressful experience. Hopefully you've already already prepared yourself by reading my other post, 7 tips about things you should do before coming to Japan. When you come to Japan, you'll need t...

June 9, 2017

Yokkaichi is a mid-size city located on the Pacific coast of Japan's Tokai region. It's what I like to call a little, big city. It plays an important role in regional economics, industry, and agriculture. Yokkaichi has a lot of variety, so each part of the city is real...

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