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A taste of JET

I wasn’t a JET. When I tell people I taught English in Japan, they often respond with “oh, were you a JET?”. Then I have to explain that I wasn’t a JET (Japanese Exchange Teaching Programme), and I wasn’t an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). I worked for a private language school (“eikaiwa” in Japanese). This … Continue reading

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese) is one of the best websites available for tips on how to survive in Japan when your Japanese isn’t quite up to scratch yet. The website, created by the lovely Ashley Thompson, covers everything from tampons to teaching, mosquitos to mail – and all in amazing detail. I’m mentioning this … Continue reading

Last day…

It’s my last day at my job today. This year in Hamamatsu has gone by so fast. It feels like just yesterday that I was getting excited about moving here from Nagoya. And when I think that I’ve been in Japan for three years – well that seems hard to believe too. My students have … Continue reading

Just like the first time…

This week at work we’re having one of our “one coin lesson” weeks. This means that we offer all sorts of original lessons, for the cost of only ¥500. Students have a chance to try something new, and so do the teachers. Last night I participated in a lesson called “Let’s entertain foreign visitors”. I … Continue reading

Another one bites the dust…

As most of you will know, I never use the company I work for’s name on this blog. However, I don’t think there is anything preventing me from briefly telling you about some big news related to a different English conversation school in Japan.  Remember back in 2007 when Nova (formally the largest English conversation … Continue reading


Yes, it really has been two whole years since I said ‘sayonara’ to England and flew halfway across the world to start a new life.  I can’t quite believe it sometimes, and I often find myself wondering if really I’m just dreaming.  Did Ali Muskett, P.A. to the Editor-in-Chief of the world’s leading science journal … Continue reading

Announcement: Moving to Hamamatsu!

I have an announcement to make… *hits a glass with a spoon for shush*… I’m moving to Hamamatsu! My company is transferring me to a different school, so I will still be working for the same company but in a different environment.  The school I am moving to is bigger, and there are no kids … Continue reading


Teaching is a strange beast.  I woke up this morning feeling very unsure about the day ahead.  I had a new class which I had my reservations about (I thought it was going to be too difficult), and some regular classes which are usually very tiring and can be a little stressful.  So, to be … Continue reading

New adventures in teaching…

Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be… an Office Lady! (Obscure Stars In Their Eyes reference…)  Well, technically I was still an English Conversation teacher tonight but, as I made my way to Sakae for my first ‘company lesson’, I certainly felt like an OL, in my skirt suit and heels, carrying a (sort of) briefcase! … Continue reading