Ways Students React to English

I have enjoyed your posts. Thank you for sharing. This entry reminds me of my junior high school days, though there was no JET system in those days. I am now in my 50s, and now I think that correct (or almost correct) prounciation is important in speaking and listening. I cannot understand what I cannot pronouce well enough. The students are very lucky in that they have chances to listen to native speaker’s pronunciation.
Wish happy days for you and your students. 😉


This statement may come as a shock to people (especially anyone reading with experience in a job similar to an ALT) but…the truth is…students are not always super willing to speak English.

I know. If you need a second, that’s fine.

It certainly makes teaching an interesting challenge, when you know a good number of your students just have no desire at all to be learning the knowledge you are trying to pass on to them. (And I’m sure this is not a phenomenon unique to English education in Japan.)

In elementary school, my favorite thing to do with a large class is to give everyone a card with various information on it, arm them with a question and answer formula, and set them to finding the one person with a matching card. This activity elicits excited enthusiasm and energy from some students, and…well, not that, from others.

In one class…

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School and Teaching so far…

Enjoy your stay, teaching and living in Kagoshima! I am very glad that many young people from other countries enjoy their lives in every part of Japan. ( I know that some of them having difficulties sometimes) I wish you have a wonderful experience in Yusui. And,, although, I am a Japanese , I do not understand Kagoshima dialect at all.;)


It has now been about 1.5 months since I’ve come to this town. The month of August was spent sitting at the Board of Education studying Japanese and doing a few little class preparation things. Mr. Chishiki (my supervisor) also drove me around in the little Kei car to all 9 of my schools. As a side note, the Board provides me with a town car to drive to schools for teaching purposes only. Whenever I fill the car with petrol, I just need to bring the receipt to accounts and I am reimbursed.

little kei car

I remember the introductory day to be quite a hot and rushed day. The main objective was to introduce me to the principals and any of the staff who happened to be at the school over summer holidays. It seems to be mandatory for at least one staff member to be at the school during summer…

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Why is Japan the lead buyer of CDs?

An interesting entry. I am a japanese old man (over 50 years old!), and I did not know that Japan is an exception in terms of CD sales. In Japan, too, music indutry is busy blaming online music services like iTune and piracy for declining CD sales. Some brick-and-mortar CD stores have closed. Although the Tower Records is doing well. So it might be just a problem of business strategy. You may be right that japanese have ‘collectors’ DNA in our blood. My father, 80 years old, has a big collection of vinyl records. I believe many people of his age did the same when they were young.

Music Row Girl

The country that is known for the world’s best technology and video games…


…Japan is one of the few countries in the world that is still buying CDs!

As you can tell, I’m kind of out of things to write about today HAHA but I think that it’s notable that Japan is still buying physical CD’s since we are struggling to sell over 100,000 copies in the first few weeks of a new release in the US!

Japan is known for Hello Kitty, Nintendo, and of course technology, but what I didn’t know before now is that the hobby known as “collecting” is all the rage there!

Hello-Kitty-DJ-Animation-Kawaii-Hello-Kitty-BlogHello Kitty is my favorite of the 3! 😀

Thus it’s not good enough to get a digital copy of an album or to stream it on Spotify or Rdio. The country that birthed technology is not even able to get Spotify or Rdio…

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2014 Travel Japan – Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya – Planning 017 Hotel Reservation – Using Jalan 1

A geat entry. I usually do registration filling in almost all of the fields (I am a japanese man over-50-years-old), but as you wrote, you do need to fill only a few of them. We do not need to give them more information, anyway. As a side note, I searched around the Jalan web and I found that they have an english page.

Fly Haru

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2014 Travel Japan – Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya – Planning 017 Hotel Reservation

A. Before I Start

The one of the top sites that I use when making a reservation for hotels in Japan is Jalan. (Rakuten is another site that I used to use.)
In case the hotel is fully booked, I might check the hotel’s official website, but in most cases you don’t have any specific hotels in mind and you just search for any hotels around the area.
There is an English version, but as I mentioned it before, it doesn’t have the full options, so I decided to share how to use Jalan.

You’d think why would I need to use Jalan?? I can just use English sites. The are plenty of sites that do that like hotels.com, booking.com, agoda.com, expedia.com, etc.
Well, yeah… But in many cases, 1) they charge more 2) you have to pay upfront with…

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Reverse Culture Shock

An interesting post. I, as a 50-ish Japanese male, thought that Japan is highly motorized coutry, but , yes, I can still go around my small town by foot. It is said that more and more younger people do not want to own cars.
I will look forward to your future posts.


My return home from Japan back to the United States was July 13 of this year. So as of writing this, it has been almost 2 months now since I have been back home. And while it did not affect me as greatly as I thought it would, I still have noticed from time to time reverse culture shock set in.

One of the first things I noticed right off the bat was the size of things. Including people. I became so used to seeing petite, small framed Japanese people on a daily basis that when I got back home I was quite stunned at the huge variety of sizes that people come in here. In addition, because Japan has such relatively little space to inhabit they go to the greatest extent to really compact and compartmentalize everything to the tiniest detail. But because we Americans live in a country…

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Operation Apartment So Far

Your entry is very interesting. Nowadays, many people complains about the ‘Key money’ and some rent-house compaies do not require the money. In that case, when some repair is necessary at the end of the contract, we have to pay for the repairement.

I think one of the reason we need middle man is that many landlords are small-sized businesses so it is not affordable to operate everything by themselves.

Anyway, enjoy your new room. 😉

忘れないでください・Please Don't Forget

I thought it would be appropriate to post the halfway point of my apartment search as I just got off the phone confirming details and lying out of my ass about why I ignored like five phone calls yesterday (I have a phone phobia and I didn’t know the number, it wasn’t until they left a message TODAY that I realized it was my apartment company. Then my realestate agent chastised me over the phone.). My story is that I hadn’t known where my phone was yesterday and not that I’m scared shitless of answering unknown numbers, especially when they happen to be on the meiwake list when I google it (numbers that people complain about).

I’m quiet embarrassed about the whole thing, didn’t give them a very good first impression of me.


Last Wednesday, me and a friend who is N1 level Japanese went to a real estate…

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Sapporo, el Japón invernal.

¡Buenas fotos!


Frío, lluvia, mucho frío, viento helado…

Paragüas otra vez, bicicletas otra vez, sombreros otra vez, neón y carteles luminosos otra vez…


Una de las ciudades más grandes de Japón, al norte de la isla, pertenece al área de Hokkaido con más de 1.900.000 habitantes.
Famosa por su cerveza y sus galletitas de chocolate.

Temperatura anual promedio 8 grados, para mi insisto, frío!

La ciudad se cubre de nieve desde octubre a diciembre, alrededor de 130 días al año para mi eso es mucho frío…

En verano, aprox. 20 grados: para mi eso no es verano, ja! Por sí aún les quedan dudas, NO ME DIVIERTE MUCHO EL FRÍO…! Lo sufrooo! Jajaja, es verdad!

Del tamaño de Hong Kong, Sapporo funciona con ritmo de ciudad; mucha gente que va y que viene, taxi, tren y como dije antes, mucha bici (que esta vez, las pueden llegar a encontrar desparramadas en…

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