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I Survived Natto! 
I Survived Natto! Have you ever eaten the food that is kind of like industrial glue? Half rotten soy beans, that form strings as you put it near... …

Super Gaijin! 
Super Gaijin! I have an old Super Gaijin shirt that I bought over 20 years ago. I still wear it, though it has become pretty ratty. I wanted... to …

How can I open up my own English kindergarten? 
Good evening. My name is Ally and I am looking to open up my own small private English kindergarten, so I was wondering if you could answer a few questions …

What do you think of Japan's English Teaching System in public svhools? 
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Big Feet need Big Shoes! 
Big Feet need Big Shoes and Japan is full of shops selling footwear, but where are the large sizes? We are out to help you in your search for footwear …

Japanese Baseball 
Japanese Baseball is not to be missed if you love the game. It is played well in this island nation. Japan has won the World Baseball Classic a two times …

Sumo Wrestling 
Sumo wrestling, if you come here you really must see Japan`s national sport. It is a lot more than just fat, sweaty guys falling on each other! Jonah …

Being Accepted is Difficult in Japan 
Being Accepted is Difficult in Japan Isn't this just a sad fact of life about living in Japan? Acceptance isn't as easy as I thought it would be. …

Being Fat in Japan 
"Many Western residents - as well as anyone from abroad who has a long-time association with Japan - confess to having experienced yo-yoing between a love-hate …

House Cleaning Japan 
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Japan People 
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Japan Home 
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Teaching with a family in tow? 
Teaching in Japan Question I'm wondering, is it likely I can find a job in Japan teaching, which will allow me to bring my family? I've been …

Moving to Japan 
I'm interested in moving to Japan. As of now, I'm very limited in my Japanese language skills, but was wondering that if I make the planned move in 3-5 …

The Matsuda Police Not rated yet
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Lego Land Japan Not rated yet
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Where to buy Lego in Asia Not rated yet
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How to buy clothes that fit in Japan Not rated yet
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Buying Clothes in Japan Not rated yet
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Tokyo Fashion Not rated yet
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Anderson’s Anecdotes: Not rated yet
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Japan Street Fashion Not rated yet
Japan Street Fashion does not just originate in Tokyo. It can start anywhere in Japan and be started by virtually anyone with a following. Street fashion …

Harajuku Fashion Not rated yet
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Japan Rugby Not rated yet
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Golf in Japan Not rated yet
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Playing Tennis in Japan Not rated yet
Playing Tennis in Japan In Japan to get court time is tough unless you join a club, and even then it if different from home. In Canada, you call up …

Japan Ice Hockey Not rated yet
Japan Ice Hockey: I scold the other media outlets here for the largely non-existent reporting on ice hockey in Japan. Ice hockey is such a great game and …

Scuba Diving in Japan Not rated yet
Scuba Diving in Japan is one sport that is growing in popularity here. Scuba diving has become one of the greatest recreational sports all around …

Fishing With Akihiko Not rated yet
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Fishing in Japan Not rated yet
Fishing in Japan: All about where to catch the big one in this part of Asia. Fishing is a fairly popular sport in Japan. Of course this is a country …

Martial Arts in Japan Not rated yet
Martial arts in Japan: aikido, karate, judo, shorinji kempo and other fighting arts practiced in Japan. Many people come to Japan for the purpose of …

Soccer in Japan Not rated yet
Soccer in Japan is very popular. It wasn`t as popular 24 years ago when I first came to Japan. At that time, baseball and sumo were king. Now however, …

Comedy about Japan Not rated yet
Comedy about Japan Comedy about Japan, I planned on staying here for one year, but I am still here almost half my life later. Men, be careful of those …

Tokyo Comedy Store Not rated yet
The Tokyo Comedy Store was founded in 1994 as the "Tokyo Comedy Club" by myself. I gathered together stand up comics and even a hypnotist named Tony Padget, …

Japan in Springtime Not rated yet
Japan in Springtime Means.... You know it is Spring in Japan when your eyes glaze over as you stare at yet another cherry blossom. Miss Suzuki your …

Being in Japan in the Summertime Means Not rated yet
Being in Japan in the Summertime Means Never having to go to a sauna. You really can cook your egg on the sidewalk! "Don't step on it! Can't you …

Petshop of Horrors Not rated yet
Petshop of Horrors This manga, Petshop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino, is really unique. It's one in which I love the story a whole lot, but I really …

Speed Racer Not rated yet
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Japanese Bonsai Trees Not rated yet
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Tokyo Culture Not rated yet
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Japanese Instruments Not rated yet
Japanese Instruments, what you may not know Traditional Japanese musical instruments are comprised of a wide range of string, wind (mostly flutes) …

My Japan stay in Odawara Not rated yet
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Things to do in Japan Not rated yet
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Places to Visit in Japan Not rated yet
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English Speaking Doctors in Yokohama Not rated yet
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STD Test Tokyo Not rated yet
STD Test Tokyo, there are many options for you to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Some even offer anonymous testing - you don`t even have …

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English Speaking Hospitals in Osaka Not rated yet
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Health Care in Japan Not rated yet
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Food in Japan Not rated yet
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How to Make Green Tea Not rated yet
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How to make Miso Soup Not rated yet
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Nuclear Reactors Not rated yet
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Kanagawa Resident Talks about Life in Japan Not rated yet
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Miss Universe Japan Not rated yet
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Japan Women Not rated yet
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Women of Japan Not rated yet
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Japanese Mom Not rated yet
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Kids Web Japan Not rated yet
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Japan needs to Welcome People from other Countries Not rated yet
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Japan Lawyers Not rated yet
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English Lesson Kid Not rated yet
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Japanese House Plans Not rated yet
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Guide to Nagasaki Not rated yet
Guide to Nagasaki, Japan, what to see and do? Nagasaki is located on Japan`s southern isle Kyushu, a paradise that boasts green fields, forested mountain …

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Shinto Shrines Not rated yet
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Japanese Temples Not rated yet
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Japanese Poems Not rated yet
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Japanese Body Art Not rated yet
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Japanese Origami Not rated yet
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Japanese Demons Not rated yet
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The Reasons Japan attacked Pearl Harbor Not rated yet
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What I Like About Japan Not rated yet
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Earthquake Safety Earthquake Safety, is a concern of all of us living in Japan,especially right now. During an Earthquake: -Don`t panic! …

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Japan FAQ: Can you make a lot of money in Japan teaching English?

No, not really. You can make a good living and have a good life but I don`t feel it is a lot of money. Frankly I think you become a teacher because you want to teach. Money should be secondary.

It is a myth that you can get rich teaching English in Japan.

A few have but they have gone on to start their own schools--with emphasis being on the latter--schools--a chain of schools. Or they have started some other venture in Japan.




Pictured: Garden in Japan by Richard Baladad

Japan FAQ: I don`t have any training, can I still teach in Japan?

Yes you can, most of the BIG schools have training programs and some of the smaller schools will hire you and train you.

Japan FAQ: I don`t have a university degree, can I teach in Japan?

I think it is very difficult to get a teaching job without a degree. There are so many native English teachers with a degree that schools have a lot of university educated people to choose from.

Japan FAQ: What should I bring when I go to Japan?

It is a tough decision about what to take and not take in those suitcases or backpack. See our recommendations of what to bring to Japan.

Pictured: Enoshima Island by Richard Baladad

Japan FAQ: Will my apartment be really small and expensive?

It will be smaller probably than you are used to back home. In the biggest cities rent will be between 60-100,000 Yen/Mth.

You can pay less by living outside a very big city or by choosing to work in the countryside or a smaller city. Rent will range from 40-80,000 in the smaller cities and the countryside. We rented a small townhouse for 80,000/mth.

Should I get TEFL Training or an RSA Certificate?

Yes you should! The training will help you when you teach, and employers will look on it that you have some training and you are serious about teaching in Japan.

I recommend i-to-i for TEFL training. They are well respected and many of our readers have trained with i-to-i.

Learn More at the i-to-i Travel Homepage

Pictured: Shrine in Japan by Paul Canosa

How long will it take me to speak Japanese well?

That depends on you. I thought I would be fluent in a year and I am still studying Japanese off and on. I think it takes at least three years of very dedicated study to be very conversant in the language. It is much more difficult for an English speaking Canadian to learn Japanese than to learn French. Now I think, why did I ever think French was difficult.

Japanese really is ten times more difficult than learning French for an English speaker.

Learn Japanese for free before you come and after.

Will I be able to save money on a teacher`s salary in Japan

It depends on you. Some people can save a lot--1,000 dollars or more per month, and others spend every last yen. It really depends on how often you go out and spend. But you can save a lot.

I think you should set yourself a budget once you get here and become familiar with what things cost, and stick to that budget.

If you want to save, put that money away up front into a separate account that you don`t touch, then send it home as soon as you have 1,000 dollars or more, so it is very difficult to touch it.

Pay yourself first in other words.

Japan FAQ: What should I read about Japan?

Brmmh! Brmmh! by Clive James is hilarious and gives insight into the minds of Japanese men. I laughed out loud on the train reading this book. Got a good chuckle on, and extra space on the train!

Japan FAQ: Learn about other good books on Japan--independant reviews of books

What are the first steps to going to live and teach in Japan?

Good question! There are many!

Learn about the first steps you need to take to go and live and teach in Japan.

Back from Japan FAQ to How to Teach English in Japan (Home)

How do I find a good school to teach for?

See our list of schools here at the homepage under English Schools. We have a listing of schools A-Z. I recommend the smaller schools over the larger ones as better places to work.

I feel small schools care more about their staff and students than large corporate schools.

View our list of schools A-E

View our list of schools F-P

View our list of schools Q-Z

View our list of BIG schools