Japanese high school life in the Heisei era at the heart of new Pocky x Milk Tea collaboration — SoraNews24

https://www.youtube.com/embed/dVRhyd1h6D8?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent Bittersweet flavours combine to create a whole new taste sensation. Japan is currently heading towards a momentous moment in history due to arrive on 31 April, when Emperor Akihito steps down from the throne and ends his 30-year reign, bringing a close to the Heisei era. The occasion is prompting a lot of people around…... Continue Reading →


Valentine’s Day English Board

This board was very difficult for me. Mostly because my co-teacher didn't want the board to focus on love, as that would be distracting for students (they're in elementary school!). But he still wanted a board about Valentine's Day for the kids to learn about American culture. So. I had to make a Valentine's day... Continue Reading →

Getting Ready for Setsubun Around Town

There are demons popping up all over town. They're in the grocery store, they're in the streets, they're in the Lawsons! Fortunately, my town is not about to be taken over by forces of evil. The adorable demon invasion is just signaling that Setsubun (Feb. 3rd) is near, and spring will soon follow (hopefully).  Setsubun... Continue Reading →

Winter English Boards

The holidays are a great time to go nuts with decorating, including in the classroom. That being said, this is my first year of teaching and I had no idea how to make a good English board so I spent HOURS wandering around on Pinterest. So many white middle aged moms....so many....also what is the... Continue Reading →

Kanji of the Year 2018 -災

Every year on December 12th, the chief priest of Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto reveals a kanji that was chosen to be the most representative of that year in Japan. The kanji is selected by popular vote, and is finalized by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Foundation. This year's kanji is the rather depressing 災, meaning "disaster."... Continue Reading →

Fall in the Inaka

Fall has come to the mountains, and we've been swept up in beautiful color and an astonishing amount of agriculture. Daikon, sweet potatoes, kaki (Japanese persimmon), and chestnuts are the foods of the season. Of course when you live in a town that's main export is vegetables, you don't really buy your veg at the... Continue Reading →

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