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Letter from Tokyo: This Week in Tokyo


Dear Friends, How can it already be the end of my third week in Tokyo? Let’s take a look at this past week: Monday: Monday was a holiday, and a much needed day of rest after orientation. I spent the…

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Letter from Tokyo: Shinjuku

Japan, Travel

Dear Friends, Yesterday was my first day of teaching at the school, and I absolutely loved it. My two students, in individual, back to back eighty minute sessions, were so sweet and eager to learn English that it made me come home on…

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The End of Training… and, My First Izakaya


Dear Friends, The first week of orientation has been successfully completed. My fifteen classmates and I went to training (grammar, presentation, teaching skills, etc.) everyday from 9-5:30p.m. I think Dolly Parton would agree that working 9 to 5:30 is just way too…

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Letter from Tokyo: The Honeymoon Stage

Japan, Travel

Dear Friends, In Jeff Mohamed’s Teaching English Overseas: A Job Guide for Americans and Canadians, he writes of the four stages of culture shock: The Honeymoon Stage, The Hostility Stage, The Depression Stage, and The Adaptation/Acceptance Stage. In Tokyo, I’m…