Friday, December 28, 2018

Back in Japan - PART TWO - Applying to Interac

So after a few years neither here nor there, muddling through various jobs and playing a lot of FIFA, I finally made it to Japan! In this post I'll go through what it was like to apply to Interac.

Let's jump right in!

Back in Japan - PART ONE - the story so far

After a very long hiatus - Totally Japan is back in action! I moved back to Japan in March 2018 to work with Interac as an ALT.

Quite a lot to talk about! Let's dive right in :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Japan has weird fees and pricing systems

Hey guys! I'm back!

I wanted to talk about something that I remembered while doing some online shopping for a friend today. My friend, who recently moved to Japan to teach, asked me to find him the best deal for a WIMAX router (essentially a portable wireless router). I look through the (almost intentionally) convoluted fee structure and eventually find the 'joining fee'. Take a look at this:

Japanese-speaking 'foreigners' getting ignored, and 'silent translators' in Japan

So this is just a little trip down memory lane, venting about how 'foreign-looking' people who speak Japanese in a group are routinely ignored, while the 'Asian-looking' people who DON'T speak Japanese are addressed as the representatives of a small group.

Not sure what I'm talking about?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

TJB is getting a new look!

Hey guys, this is just a quick message to say that in the next few days I'll be updating the look of Totally Japan Blog to make it easier to navigate and generally nicer to look at :)

If you have any feedback about what you like/dislike about the current layout of the site, please let me know in a comment, and please do the same once I've updated it!

All the best!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Do you need a japanese electronic dictionary?

If you've ever been to Japan, or if you've been to university lectures popular with Chinese students, you'll know what an electronic dictionary looks like. If you don't.... then take a look at this photo!
An electronic dictionary is... well... an electronic dictionary :) It's a little computer which includes a number of dictionaries (Japanese-Japanese, Japanese-English, English-Japanese, English-English) among other things which I'll outline in the post - but the question is: do YOU really need one?

Find what you need at Play-Asia