The Early Stages of Living and Working in Japan

About a year and a half ago I visited Japan for the first time. It was an out-of-this-world experience (I’m not kidding, at times I felt I had landed on an alien planet), and I vowed to return. I loved the food, the architecture, the language, the outstanding customer service, and, above all, the deeply-rooted tradition.

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Here’s me in a yukata (summer kimono) at the Tanabata Festival in Nagoya, 2016

When I vowed to come back to Japan, I knew the easiest way to stay here for an extended period of time would be to work. Of course, the most available employment opportunity was teaching English. I signed up for a TESL certification course, and, in the mean time, completed my undergraduate degree. I soon got a job, did the necessary paperwork, and booked my flights. Continue reading

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Reader Beware: The Controlling Power of Language

Have you ever thought about the way in which you think? Thinking about thinking is enough to scramble anyone’s brain, but I suggest you give it a try, if only to discover how you function, learn, and remember. I, personally, think in words, and I believe the majority of people think in this same way. I also think through the senses — through images and smells and sounds — but my primary mode of thinking is in words. Everything else stems from there. Continue reading