Japan again

When I left Japan in 2015, I promised to come back for a visit once I would be studying in China. Originally I had planned to go in January, but then the thesis ...happened. In April, when my Japanese "aunt and uncle" came to visit, I realised I needed to get a move on and … Continue reading Japan again

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Leaving Japan

It’s funny that I had my first farewell party six weeks before leaving Japan, and yet now it feels like leaving happened too quickly. For my last month in my little town, I had two or three farewell parties a week. I think I gained a few pounds from all the beer. When it came … Continue reading Leaving Japan

Japanese food

To continue the mini-series I started at the beginning of the month, I would like to introduce this very important element of my life in Japan. Honestly, the prospect of its absence fills me with dread. I knew surprisingly little about Japanese food before I came to Japan, having formed most of my opinions on … Continue reading Japanese food

My experience of assisting with English in Elementary School (a sort of part 2 to my “Day in the Life” post)

Back in April last year I wrote about my typical day as a language assistant at a Japanese junior high school. Four of my five working days are spent at junior high, but once a week my schedule is a little different. My base on that one day is the Board of Education in my … Continue reading My experience of assisting with English in Elementary School (a sort of part 2 to my “Day in the Life” post)