Our Nice, Nice Christmas

Christmas Puzzle Our year culminated with a garland of fun Christmas activities. Even in Japan, Christmas is filled with excitement and anticipation of the time spent with one's family and friends. Building upon this sense of community, for the most part, we worked collaboratively while celebrating our individual strengths and tightening our bonds the way … Continue reading Our Nice, Nice Christmas

If you give a Japanese kid a carton of milk…

... he will imbue it with meaning and value. Contrary to the popular children's story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, "he is going to ask for a glass of milk", if you give a Japanese kid a carton of milk, he won't ask for other goods and services. He will create wonders out … Continue reading If you give a Japanese kid a carton of milk…

The Japanese Way of Educating Children

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” Yesterday, as part of my professional development, I had the privilege of visiting the kindergarten associated with Tohoku Bunkyo University - … Continue reading The Japanese Way of Educating Children

How to Prepare Children for Their Future

If there is anything we can be sure of in today’s rapidly changing and complex world, it is the increased automation and tremendous shift in the professional landscape. Career opportunities are suddenly opening up in new fields while quickly shutting down in old ones.  This prompts educators to ask: What skills and qualities do the … Continue reading How to Prepare Children for Their Future

The Tricks of How to Use Halloween to Your Marketing Advantage

As most other Western holidays, after its export to Japan, Halloween has become highly commercialized. Known for costumes and candies, it is the second-largest commercial holiday, with Christmas being the first. Apart from driving sales for candy and costume manufacturers, Halloween can be used to the marketing advantage of virtually any type of business - … Continue reading The Tricks of How to Use Halloween to Your Marketing Advantage

The Truth about Being a Teacher

"A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto is naught!" I feel like the best advice to all the professionals out there (be it teachers, marketers, musicians, magicians) is to … Continue reading The Truth about Being a Teacher

How Traveling Can Inform Our Teaching

Have you ever wondered whether there is any correlation between traveling and teaching? The experience of traveling to, and especially living in, another country shows us how stepping outside of the familiar can open our eyes and minds. Undoubtedly, the more new cultures we experience and the more new places we discover, the more open-minded … Continue reading How Traveling Can Inform Our Teaching

The End of One, Beginning of Another Era

English Language Crisis This year Japan welcomed a new era in its history. From Heisei to Reiwa, as it stepped into the new era, Japan started preparing for a big change, from politics to education, from technology to business. The strategy plan "Japan Vision 2020 highlights "Strengthening foreign language communication"¹ as the key element for … Continue reading The End of One, Beginning of Another Era

Choosing the “right fit” school

When hunting for a suitable school for your child or for yourself as a teacher, you need to study hard as if you were to sit for an exam. Because not all schools are created equal, making sure a school is the right fit might be a stressful experience. It can also be an exciting … Continue reading Choosing the “right fit” school