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Yokkaichi Connections

Looking for info on Japan? You've come to the right place! Yokkaichi Connections is your gateway to
info on daily life in Japan, teaching English, traveling, and much more!

 

April 17, 2019

There is still a lot of debate about exactly what the role of an ALT is. Some see ALTs as an assistant teacher in Japan who came to bring English into the classroom in a positive way. Some view ALTs as activity/game factories whose goal is to entertain and boost the st...

September 26, 2018

Teaching English and living in Japan has been a life-changing experience. Not everyone gets a chance to spend a few (or several) years in another country while exploring new a culture and cruising around to some cool place. Sometimes I have to remind myself, "Hey man,...

September 18, 2018

Riding a bike in Japan is a pretty nice way to see the country. It can be faster and more convenient than public transportation. You can also get off the beaten path and go kick it with the locals.

Like many other things Japan, you may run into some situations while rid...

September 6, 2018

Team teaching can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a successful ALT in Japan. There are plenty of people who work well on their own. However, when they have to share authority and communicate with another person from a different culture things can break...

June 6, 2018

June 5th marked the one year anniversary of the first post on Yokkaichi Connections.

This blog originally started as a way to spread information about teaching in Japan and living in Yokkaichi. I used to joke around and tell my friends that when I started this blog the...

May 30, 2018

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If you've ever been shopping around Japan, chances are you bumped into some "funny English" stuff. You can find these cultural gems on everything from posters and cups to t-shirts and magnets.

A recent trip to the local Don Quijote (ドンキホーテ aka "donkey") rewar...

May 23, 2018

Are you coming to Japan to teach English? Congratulations! You're in for the experience of a lifetime. Think about all of the other people you know in your life. Chances are some of them have never been out of your home country, let alone have had the chance to live an...

May 14, 2018

So I was in class the other day today and we were running through the usual questions I ask my students every day. When I asked, "What season is it now," I got the very specific response, "It's early summer." Early summer? Early summer!?!? That means ... the rainy seas...

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...

May 1, 2018

Hello! My name is Andrew Ghim. Like Amy Lin (check out her post!), I am a JET working for a local BOE that hires ALTs from the States.  At the time of this post, I have been in Japan for about nine months.

The experience so far has been unforgettable and I want to conti...

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