Teachers: Beware the 'Kancho'!
There are no winners in the 'kancho' game. But lots of kindergartners and elementary school students love playing it. Find out how to spot it before you, too, become a victim!
The Smart Guide to Teaching English in Japan
Looking to come to Japan to teach? Already here and hoping to get more out of your career? This book may be for you!
12 Things Every ALT Needs from the ¥100 Shop
Being an ALT is a resource-intensive profession. The ¥100 shop has almost everything you need to be ready for the classroom!
7 Key Resource Sites for English Teachers
Moving thousands of miles to teach in a new country can be scary, but luckily these sites should help ensure a smooth transition to life in Japan.
Tackling Cultural Isolation through Rugby
In the short documentary 'Union,' a young Maori working in Japan tackles his cultural isolation using the universal language of rugby.
4 Easy Phrases to Rock Your Japanese Workplace
Japan has a number of set phrases that are used a lot in the workplace. Make a good impression on day one by knowing exactly what to say!
How to Mind Your Business English
Looking for a way to get out of the classroom and into the boardroom as an English teacher? This guide will give you the basics to know if it's right for you.
Getting Permanent Residency in Just One Year
The Ministry of Justice in Japan is cutting the wait time for permanent residency and that, depending on several factors, could potentially narrow the wait time down to one year.
Teaching at a Japanese University
For many, getting a job at a Japanese university is like hitting the teaching jackpot. What makes it so difficult, and why is it so highly sought after?
June 1: The Day the Uniforms Change
In Japan, there's a custom observed in June known as 'koromogae,' which involves the changing of school uniforms and work clothes to accompany the change of the seasons.
6 Surprising Things about Japanese Schools
We've outlined six things that might surprise you in Japanese public schools—from the interesting to the practical to the downright shocking!
5 Sweet Memories From School Lunch
Kids in public schools in Japan have the privilege of eating a nutritious, well-balanced meal every day at lunch. Just because it's good for you, however, doesn't mean you can't satisfy your sweet tooth!
The Perks of Joining a Volunteer English Camp
Perhaps teaching English in Japan has crossed your mind as a way to stay in Japan longer than a vacation. But as teaching jobs that offer visa support typically bind you to a year-long contract, why not first experience being teacher for a day or two?
5 Things to Expect During a Teaching Interview
With the increasing demand for Japanese people to speak English fluently, there's also the need for English teachers to help them achieve this goal. But if you think simply being a native speaker is all it takes to get a teaching job, think again.
From English Teacher on Up
What can you do after teaching English in Japan? We highlight 10 unique individuals who were able to transition from the classroom to television, stage, sword arts, professional blogs and the silver screen!
How & When to Apologize in Japan
Apology is a kind of social currency in Japan. But using it well isn't just about knowing what words to use—you also need to know when and how to use them!
5 Sites You Need to Teach English in Japan
So you’ve decided to come to Japan, and found that teaching English is the easiest way to get a visa, an apartment and a job. Here are our five favorite sites that are going to help you be better at your job—and make more money!
Tokyo Restaurant Serves Real School Lunches
Wonder what a Japanese school lunch tastes like, but don't teach in a Japanese school? Try this Tokyo restaurant, where you can get both the flavor and atmosphere of an elementary school classroom!
Why I Stopped Teaching as an ALT
The Japan Guy explains his reasons for ending his career as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan.
New Text Teaches English of the Occult
This new English textbook will help your students talk about the Illuminati, alien abductions and more!