Category Archives: Japan

Not Hemingway’s, but Japan’s Own Iceberg Theory

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Hemingway might have coined the term but, today I’m writing about the complexity in dealing with an omission of character or speech that I will call The Japanese Iceberg Theory. What am rambling about? It mainly concerns teaching students that don’t give you back a lot of personality or conversation. I’m talking about Japan, so this entry will help you if you teach English in Japan. If you plan to work in Japan, teaching English you’ll benefit too.

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So you want to make it to Japan? Here’s a little tough love for you.

This post stems from conversations I have had with many people in my company. I work at a company responsible for many English conversation schools throughout Japan. I prefer to leave it at that. The conversation always happened during a teaching staff change. “A lot of people coming into this job have a very negative view of things.” Well this post will get to the bottom of these feelings and hopefully shed some light on how to succeed in a Japanese company. If you plan to apply for a job in Japan teaching English, this post will help you securing a job for the long run. Continue reading

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The Secret to a Great Lesson is a Math Formula?!?!

climbing up to the top

I mentioned in an earlier post that I changed regions recently. I am having a blast meeting new people and working with new coworkers. I have gotten very comfortable as of recent. I, however, was not so comfortable in the beginning.

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Stumbling into a Ramen Festival


       I had recently changed regions and work out of the regional office in Kansai. I have worked at many schools already, bringing me as far as Akashi city. I live pretty far from Akashi so after my work week, I opened the front door and slumped down on the couch. My wife knows how to keep me motivated. She leans toward my ear and whispers…

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何でやねん! What the hell was that!?

The Little Joke Book

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His palms were sweaty as he looked up from the textbook. It was just before class. He was beyond nervous. One teacher, with a plastic smile on top of unsuccessfully veiled nervousness, starts a strained conversation. He starts to feel his uneasiness growing. It’s too the point where he has to stand up and break away. Not understanding half of what this teacher is saying is making things worse; He stands without any idea of how to get out of the situation and decides to quickly make it for the bathroom without a word. The teacher with a big daft grin shouts out, “Are you a ninja?” The smile remains but the others in the room look puzzled and unsure about any kind of response. Continue reading

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