Travel, Teach, Live in Japan

Re: Global English School, Matsusaka, Japan -- Eric
Update: I was also not paid in full and 3 weeks late upon deciding to leave, even after I went to the labour board. This was after they wanted me to close my bank account and "promised" they'd ...

Re: Who cares? -- Mr R
Well sir, that is a very narrow-minded view of Americans. While I do get your point, please consider the vast and incredibly diverse population of the U.S. Of course there are many ignorant people. ...

Re: Global English School, Matsusaka, Japan -- Eric
Seconded and thirded: nothing has changed at GES. The retention rate is well under 50% and you are liable to be fired at any time for any reason at the whim of a boss who doesn't care about you ...

Re: Global English School, Matsusaka, Japan -- Eden
Hi, I wish i saw your review of this school before I applied. I am working at GES now and nothing has changed. Kojima is still all over the place and vague as hell. She's giving me extra ...

I want to go to Japan, What should I need to do -- Rashid Hussain
I`m from Pakistan, I want to go to Japan and want to do a Job. What I need to do first, Can anyone kindly help me? I have done diploma of Associate Engineers (Electronics) and also six months diploma ...

WARNING: Omni International English in Narita, Japan -- Jake
I have taught in many places, but this school is so awful that I must warn other teachers about it. 1. The school doesn't provide a visa, but endlessly tells the teachers to keep waiting, even ...

Working in Japan - Help! -- sharlene
Hi My name is Sharlene and I've wanted to go and work in Japan for a long time now but it's only been recently that I've been able to start trying to make this dream come true. I thought ...

Re: aeon corporation -- Zapain
Before you even think about teaching for AEON, read, read, read and read some more on employee blogs and reviews. If you still think you want to try this, know first and foremost that AEON is a ...

Re: Teaching English in Japan - Best Company? (JET, GEOS, AEON, NOVA, ECC)? -- Voice of experience
JET is the best. If you go with Interac, your training might consist of getting yelled at by a fool named Cedric who has a massive ego and spends a lot of time telling you about what a great teacher ...
Re: Teaching English in Japan - Best Company? (JET, GEOS, AEON, NOVA, ECC)? -- eslguy
If some scrub did that to me, he (and she...equal opportunity, right?) and I would be having a long talk outside.

History of Japanese Pottery -- Christy P
There are four main types of pottery in Japan; earthenware, unglazed stoneware, glazed pottery and porcelain. Pottery emerged over ten thousand years ago during the prehistoric era. The majority of ...

Learning Japanese Online - The Pros And Cons -- Adam J Johnson
If you have been looking into learning Japanese, you may have noticed that a few online courses have started popping up in the last few years. You may have also be wondering whether they're worth ...
Re: Learning Japanese Online - The Pros And Cons -- Tom
"Pros and Cons" implies that people learning Japanese can choose between online learning and classroom learning as if these are somewhat equally effective ways of learning, and we can choose either ...

Learning Japanese - How to Start -- Adam J Johnson
The first thing you need to tackle when starting your journey into learning Japanese is a quick run through pronunciation. But WAIT! Before you tune out and the "boring" lights start blinking, ...

Learning Kanji: A Special Method To Stop Drilling And Actually Learn The Japanese Kanji! -- Santiago Madrigal
How to learn kanji in a truly efficient and effective way is one of the most known problems that any serious Japanese language learner like you must face sooner or later, whether you are in a ...

An Introduction To Japanese Business Culture -- Linguarama
When doing business in a foreign country it is always vital to understand differences in culture. This helps to avoid misunderstandings and allows development of positive and long-lasting business ...

A Closer Look At Japanese Translation—how And Why It Is More Complicated Than It Seems -- Charlene Lacandazo
Because Japan is not an English-speaking country, businesses will have to rely on having their native language translated into another language in order to reach a wider audience. But Japanese ...

How to Tip While Traveling in Japan -- Collaborator
Traveling overseas is an exciting adventure that allows you to experience first hand some of the most amazing and colorful cultures of the world. However, while traveling you may find that some of ...

Rail Travel in Japan -- Dees Stribling
Traveling by rail in Japan isn't difficult once you understand some of the basics of using the system. It isn't even necessary to know Japanese, though a little wouldn't hurt. Japan's ...

Best Packing Tips for Travel to Japan -- Isabel Prontes
Japan is a very popular travel destination. From the bustling urban centers of Tokyo and Osaka to the serene temples of Kyoto and the crisp air of Mount Fuji, traveling to Japan can be a very ...

Must-See Sights When Visiting Japan -- Alyssa Davis
Japan is a beautiful country filled with great people, interesting sights, and plenty of things to see and do. If you're planning a trip to Japan, it's worth the time and effort to make a ...

Traveling to Japan: What's Needed to Get Into and Out of the Country -- Alyssa Davis
If you're planning to travel to Japan in the future, it's never too early to start thinking about what you'll need for your trip. If you're mostly accustomed to traveling within your ...

Interesting and Offbeat Places to Visit in Tokyo -- Michael Henry
Not everyone visiting Japan is interested in the temples and museums. Sometimes to get to understand a culture you need to go beyond the places suggested by your guidebook. If you are looking for ...

Welcome to Tokyo, Why You Should Visit Tokyo Now -- Takuya Sato
Images of Japan range from the ancient temples of Kyoto and Nara, to the mystical mountain shrines of the Kii peninsula, to the ultra modern skyline of Tokyo and its denizens who have a penchant for ...

4 Reasons to Visit Tokyo -- Chris Norriss
Buzzing with excitement, this Japanese city is situated in the center of Asia Pacific travel. Fast-paced and complex, Tokyo is not only a popular tourist destination, but the trendiest place to live ...

Best Places to Visit in Tokyo -- Hendry Budiman
Tokyo is the capital of Japan located in Asia. This is not only a hot tourist place but also seems a best place to live. Here are some important reasons why you should visit Tokyo. Tokyo is a large ...

Tokyo Travel on a Budget -- Alma J.
For many years Tokyo was considered a very expensive travel destination. In those years you needed to be very wealthy to visit Tokyo, because it was one of the most expensive places on earth. Those ...

When is the Best Time to Visit Tokyo? -- Da Jo
What is the best time of the year to arrive in Tokyo? Plan your Tokyo trip based on information about Japanese holidays, peak travel seasons, Japanese festivals and climate. If this is not a business ...

Teach Yourself Japanese - Japanese Grammar Lesson - Verb (Base II) + Nagara - To Do While Verbing -- Brett McCluskey
This article's Japanese grammar construction uses the Japanese word 'nagara' Verb (Base II) + nagara - to do while 'verb'ing. With this grammar construction, both past tense and ...

Four More Mistakes For English Teachers to Avoid in the Communication Classroom in Japan -- Tom Aaron
As I stated in my first article about avoiding mistakes in teaching English communication in Japan, teaching is a learning process, for both students and teachers. In this article, I would like to ...

How to Become a Singer in Japan -- Ralph Heibutzki
Although many Westerners do not realize it, Japan boasts the world's second-largest pop music market--right after the United States. Driven by the success of icons like Hikaru Utada, Japan's ...

How to Visit a Japanese Public Bath -- Collaborator
The Japanese bath house is commonly referred to as the sento. The sento means cleanliness, togetherness and nakedness. The sento is a daily tradition in Japanese culture and doesn't have the aura ...

How to Plan a Trip to Japan -- Collaborator
Japan has a rich history, diverse geography and many attractions, both ancient and modern, to offer tourists. The island nation boasts beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, active volcanoes, ...

How to Plan a Tour on a Japan Trip -- Jeffery Keilholtz
Japan is a centuries old Asian country composed of more than 3,000 islands. The island country is joined by various bridges and tunnels and is rich with cultural history and natural scenic splendor. ...

How to Adjust to Life in Japan -- Collaborator
Adjusting to life in Japan is not an easy thing to do for most non-Asian foreigners. This is because Japan has a culture that has different social expectations for its residents and different ...

Japanese Tourism Market -- Ticara Gailliard
Japan is a land known for technological advances and good food. Many people choose to visit Japan for vacations, contributing to Japan’s tourism market. Tourism in Japan is often done for shopping, ...

Japan Tourism Policy -- Alicia Butler
Xenophobia and restrictive visa requirements had previously prevented Japan from being a sought-out tourist destination. Since 2002, the Japanese tourism ministry has been working to increase the ...

How to Apply for a Work Visa to Japan -- Eric Som
If you are interested in working in Japan, you must apply for a Working visa. You must receive employment from a Japanese company as a professor, artist, religious activities, journalist, ...

How to Visit Castles in Japan -- Collaborator
Europe isn't the only place to see medieval castles. Japan's beautiful, ornate feudal castles rival the best anywhere in the world. In the 15th century, Japan's government broke apart ...

How to Use Your Laptop in Japan -- Collaborator
Many people travel to Japan to escape into a different culture and learn about its fabled history. But being out of touch with home can present stresses. Take your laptop when you visit Japan, and ...

How to Visit a Karaoke Bar in Japan -- Collaborator
In Japan, karaoke is far more than a festival of drunken crooning. For many Japanese, and especially for young people, karaoke can form the bedrock of social outings. Japanese karaoke bars, ...

How to Travel on the Japanese Railways -- Dee Albero
The Japanese railway system is often considered one of the most comprehensive, clean and punctual railways in the world. It is an extensively utilized network, invaluable to tourists and the Japanese ...

After School Lessons For Tohoku Children: Free or discounted rate -- After School Lessons For Tohoku Children
After School Lessons for Tohoku Children: The triple disaster of March 11th, the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, 10-meter tsunami and the continuing Fukushima nuclear crisis has undoubtedly left a ...

How to Visit Hiroshima -- Collaborator
Hiroshima is known across the world as the first city in history to be subjected to an atomic bomb. Although the devastation was immens--and all but incomprehensible--it wasn't absolute. The city ...

How to Travel Around Japan on a Budget -- Kent Ninomiya
Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world to visit. Their currency, the yen, is strong against virtually every other currency on the planet. Add to that an extremely developed ...

Re: agree -- cali guy in Japan
I am an adhd guy and have done an extensive amount of trying to get a proper diagnosis and medication here, but no luck. I got here more than 15 years ago, undiagnosed and later figured out that I ...

How to Teach English in Japan in the Summer -- Charlie Brooks
If you're college-educated and interested in living and working abroad, teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan might be a good professional excursion for you. In addition to the ...

How to Pack for a Trip to Tokyo -- Collaborator
Tokyo's style is chic, modern and eclectic. You'll be deemed highly fashionable in your favorite jeans; however, keep business attire conservative and traditional. Pack navy and gray suits ...

How to Avoid Recruiting and Teaching Scams in Japan -- Contributor
There are several great companies that recruit people to teach English in Japan. However, before you sign a contract or pay any fees to become an ESL teacher you need to know how to identify ...

English Pronunciation Exercises for Japanese Students -- Shea Laverty
Learning a new language can be a difficult challenge. From completely different sentence structures, alphabets that work on different principles and strange new ways to produce sounds, the list of ...

Be The Best English Teacher In Japan -- Nelson Berry
Japan understands the importance of the English language to stay competitive in the global market. Thus, they’ve put up several English schools. The problem is they don’t have enough English ...
Re: Be The Best English Teacher In Japan -- Scott Glynn
Many things here go against what I have come to learn about teaching in Japan from experience and talking to others. The pay is not good and in some places is barely liveable and is getting lower ...

Travel to Japan -- Aaron Parker
Their mighty strength to have influence on every bit and piece of land on earth is amazing. It is truly remarkable to see their influence over technology and cuisine all over the world. Toyota is one ...

Survival Japanese - 10 Essential Words and Phrases -- Terry C Phillips
If you are planning to travel to Japan, or plan to learn Japanese, here is a starter set of essential Japanese to help you get started learning Japanese. When you say these Japanese phrases, ...

Japanese Eating Etiquette: Rules You Didn't Know -- Terry C Phillips
When it comes to eating etiquette, the Japanese are not a particularly fussy people, but, unless you want to draw disapproving looks while dining in Japan, take a look at these seven rules of ...

Choosing an Online Japanese School - Questions to Ask Before You Buy -- Terry C Phillips
More and more choices for learning Japanese are popping up on the Internet. Dozens of sites offer free Japanese resources for learning to read and write hiragana and kanji; other sites offer Japanese ...

If You Think Japanese Is Vague, Learn Why You Are Wrong -- Terry C Phillips
Everybody says the Japanese language is vague and imprecise. Japanese say yes when they mean no, or refuse to give their opinion clearly and unequivocally, it is often said. But this is wrong. ...

Japanese Greetings - Learn to Express Thanks in Japanese By Terry C Phillips -- Terry C Phillips
The Japanese emphasis on greetings is among the cultural differences between Japan and the West. In any country, people greet friends and co-workers, but the Japanese take the simple greeting a step ...

3 Reasons to Learn Japanese -- Daniel C Howard
The Japanese influence has been strongly felt in recent years not only because of their useful, unique, reliable and high tech products and inventions, but also because of their pop culture, such as ...

How Is Japanese Different From English? -- Daniel C Howard
The Japanese language, also known as Nihongo, is a widely spoken language not only in Japan but also by Japanese expatriates around the world. More than 130 million people all over the globe speak ...

Japanese Love Hotels -- Josh Shulman
When traveling in Japan you will naturally need accommodation, and therefore seek out some form of hotel. There are, however, hotels that serve a different purpose all together: Love hotels. Love ...

Mochi - Japanese Rice Cakes -- Josh Shulman
Japanese food is a combination of art and taste. Its cuisine has a distinct flavor and appearance. Lot of importance is given to the aesthetic and pleasing presentation of the food and you can get a ...

Tokyo Disneyland -- Josh Shulman
The magical world of Disneyland fascinates many all over the world, from young to old. The Disney brand has become such a global success that Donald Duck's fame exceeds that of Barack Obama. ...

Japan's New Old Society -- Josh Shulman
We all hope to spend our retirement years living a peaceful and content life with our family, traveling places and enjoying everything we've been missing while staring at glaring computer ...

How to Stop a Running Train in Japan -- Josh Shulman
Japan's train system is one of the world's most advanced and timely, yet there is just one obstacle that stands in its way - physically. Not a day goes by in the otherwise peaceful country of ...

Japan Travel Destination - Yakushima Island -- Josh Shulman
Yakushima is an island located off the south-east coast of Japan. It is officially recognized by UNESCO and is on the World Heritage List since 1993. Yakushima is an extraordinary travel destination, ...

Japanese Food - Yakisoba -- Josh Shulman
Looking for something uniquely Japanese to eat and want it fast? Yakisoba is the answer. It's a traditional Japanese dish that is very easy to prepare. Yakisoba is basically pan fried noodles. It ...

Japanese Food - Onigiri or Omusubi -- Josh Shulman
"Onigiri," also known as "Omusubi," is the most widespread snack in Japan. This fist-sized rice ball, which, having been industrialized, comes in somewhat disturbing triangular shapes as well, is ...

The Life of a Japanese Salary Man -- Josh Shulman
As the light turns green it yields way to a vast army of drones in black suits, neckties, and black leather shoes. They walk carrying black suitcases, while wiping away with neatly folded ...

Cheaper Transportation: Night Buses -- Josh Shulman
Transportation in Japan is generally expensive, and traveling around Japan could be a big part of your budget. If you are up for it, a good way to save both your money and your time is using a night ...

Top 7 Bizarre Japanese Foods - Eat Them or Leave Them! -- Josh Shulman
Japanese cuisine has been heavily exported around the world, with Japanese restaurants popping up on a daily basis in the Western world. Sushi is arguably the most well known Japanese dish, and most ...

Temple Lodging in Japan -- Josh Shulman
Most of us opt for luxury and comfort while preparing for vacation, within our budget of course. When abroad we strive to stay at home away from home, with a large bed and convenient facilities. Some ...

Snowed in? Carve Yourself Out -- Josh Shulman
A snowy white wonderland may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Japan travel (perhaps except the snowy peak of Mt. Fuji). The less-visited northern island of Hokkaido, ...

Off the Beaten Track: Gunma Prefecture -- Josh Shulman
Still figuring out what to see during your trip to one of the world's most renowned travel destinations? If you are adventurous enough you will have the opportunity to discover and experience ...

Ramen: Noodle Soup Redefined -- Josh Shulman
I've been talking about so many rice-based Japanese food, that I nearly forgot that Japanese cuisine plays quite nicely with noodles as well. Ramen is an internationally notorious soup dish that ...

A Pink Light at the End of the Tunnel -- Josh Shulman
After a disastrous and tragic month of March this year in Japan, among the ongoing efforts to rebuild and accommodate for the dislocated hundreds of thousands, the blossoming cherry trees of April ...

Japan Travel Destination: Okinawa -- Josh Shulman
The birthplace of karate, home to rich culture and traditions and magnificent architecture, Okinawa consists of a 1000 kilometers long chain of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands that can be divided into ...

The Fast and The Delicious: Tokyo Swift -- Josh Shulman
Living, working, and even traveling in Japan could be quite hectic. You'll see that you turn to fast food pretty much everyday in Japan just to keep up with the pace of life there. The truth is, ...

Discover The Top Places To See In Japan -- Chase Crawford
Are you planning a great vacation this year or the next? Whether you are traveling alone, with your family, friends or your special someone, Japan is definitely one of the unique destinations that ...

Discover The Top Japan Tourist Attractions -- Chase Crawford
If you are ever going to visit another country for a wonderful vacation, then I suggest that you go and see the top Japan tourist attractions. This is because the country is one of the most beautiful ...

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Travel to Taketomi Island Japan -- Travel Expert
If pachinko parlours, traffic, construction and urban sprawl is not your idea of paradise then Oritabori to Taketomi. This island set amidst the coral Yaeyamas is the opposite those things. This is a ...

Japanese Grammar -- hyn
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A Japanese Guide to Japanese Grammar -- hyn
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Politeness levels In the Japanese Language -- hyn
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Some facts about food in Japan -- hyn
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Diary from Sendai, Japan (Final) -- Braven Smillie
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Diary from Sendai, Japan (Part IV) -- Braven Smillie
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Diary from Sendai, Japan (Part III) -- Braven Smillie
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Diary from Sendai, Japan (Part II) -- Braven Smillie
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Diary from Sendai, Japan (Part I) -- Braven Smillie
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CNN Video - 2 American teachers found in Japan after the tsunami -- Leanne

Video of an American English Teacher in Japan: How I survived the quake -- The Owl
Click on CNN link below. Look for the video on the CNN page called "How I survived the quake" and click on it.

Where to go skiing in Japan -- Travel Expert
Japan, one of the most impressive countries in the world offers an excellent opportunity for ski enthusiasts to enjoy the cold and feel the adrenalin from November until the early month of May. Find ...

Most Expensive Japanese Hotels -- Travel Expert
Tokyo, Japan’s capital and one of the greatest megalopolis in the entire Asia, covers some of the most alluring and eye-catching hotels for tourists to come and experience. Whether you’re on a ...

Crazy shopping in Tokyo -- Travel Expert
Tokyo is one Japan’s largest and most surreal metropolis with multiple stores, boutiques and cafés to take advantage of. Travelers from all corners of the world come to Tokyo for the exciting ...

Visit Osaka's Best Attractions -- Travel Expert
Osaka is one of Japan’s largest cities. Therefore, it features great places to visit for every tourist interested in Asian culture and civilization. Osaka is a cosmopolitan city; modern, noisy and ...

Compelling Tokyo Attractions -- Travel Expert
Tokyo is one of the world’s most stunning metropolitan areas in the world. Entitled with gorgeous buildings, plenty of people and numerous attractions, a visit to Tokyo is certainly a must, at ...

Most Amazing Castles in Japan -- Travel Expert
Even a country like Japan which is rich in tradition and history will have a list that allows national treasures to rise to the top. Japan is well known throughout the world for its castles. Amongst ...

The Lively Japanese Nozawa-Onsen Fire Festival -- Travel Expert
We were living in Suzaka at the time of the fire festival, which takes place in mid-winter (mid-January) in the small ski-resort town of Nozawa-Onsen. This peaceful place is surrounded by rice ...

Best Japanese Festivals -- Travel Expert
For a Westerner to start gaining an understanding as to what makes Japan tick, a good place to start is with a study of Japanese festivals and holidays. As with any country, watching people celebrate ...

Enjoy a Japanese Adventure -- Travel Expert
Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, thanks, largely, to the wealth of things to see and do in the country. For budget travelers and backpackers from the West, Japan has ...

Find out more about Japanese culture -- Travel Expert
Japan, with its distinctive and oriental culture that makes it a unique place in this world, an unparalleled history, upcoming cities, innovative technology and of course with rich seafood that sets ...

Probation Period for Work Visa -- TokyoTESOL
I'm sorry if this question was answered on another forum, but nothing came up on my searches across many websites and forums, so here it goes- It seems that the only schools to sponsor work visas ...

Re: An English School Owner`s Experience in Japan Link -- Smithparody
I owned a Smith's school for 4 years. I know the truth. I know the scam. Here are some of my favorite quotes directly from the Smith's website referring to Mark's made up methodology ...

Japanese Theaters Cut Ticket Prices -- tomo
19/01/2011 Toho Cinemas, the largest theater chain in Japan, has come up with a rather revolutionary solution to the problem of declining attendance in movie theaters charge less money for tickets. ...
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