Food and Drink, Marked »

By Taylor Baldry & Liz Sexton | 11th December 2009 | No Comments

LIZ SEXTON: Alcatraz ER is a bar and restaurant located in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, Japan. The theme of the establishment, as its name suggests, has something to do with prisons and hospitals. A tourist hotspot, the place is mainly frequented by curious foreigners, much like Taylor and I. I’m guessing this is because no one would ever, ever visit twice.

Food and Drink »

By Laurel Swift | 9th November 2009 | No Comments

Yakitori: who can resist salty, smoky bits of grilled chicken on a stick? Well, maybe a vegetarian could, but for the rest of us, it is likely irresistible. I suppose most of us have found a local yakitori shop to park at for a nibble on warm summer evenings or chilly winter nights alike. If you haven’t found yours yet, look around for their red lanterns hanging by the door and don’t hold back.

Marked, 日本 in General »

By Mark Daniels | 28th October 2009 | No Comments
Not Another Seminar About Living Rural

Like about 50% of JETs out of there, I’m one of those whingers who requested an urban placement and got a rural one.

Marked, Teaching »

By Peter Cowley | 20th October 2009 | No Comments
Teaching Methods and Approaches

My TESOL degree, which I completed prior to coming to Japan, consisted of a heavy theoretical component covering the history of language teaching and various teaching methods that have been used throughout time. With each update of this column I’ll aim to give you a brief overview of a different method.

Marked, 日本 in General »

By Maria Perez | 5th October 2009 | No Comments
Standing out in your Community

Before JET many of us never experienced standing (waaaaay) out in our own neighbourhoods. Well, here in Japan, it’s a different story. Although it may appear to you, while in Tokyo, that there are indeed a fair number of foreigners residing in Japan, the truth is we make up about 1% of the total population. Unlike if you were an ALT in Tokyo, here in Gunma it is difficult to blend in and just become that foreigner. You stick out like a sore thumb, so get used to it.