Category Archives: Preparations

On Suitcases | 荷物

A guide to packing a suitcase for life abroad in Japan. Continue reading

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On Textbooks | 教科書

I went shopping in Cambridge, MA this weekend for teaching materials for the Language Lab. This is challenging: Teaching high school kids, you don’t want anything that will come off as condescending or boring, but you also don’t want to … Continue reading

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Omiyage | お土産

I have to buy gifts for 30 strangers. It’s a Japanese tradition of Omiyage: You give gifts to neighbors; employers; co-workers; landlords; especially when you first meet them. The rules: Gifts should reflect interests I share with the (possibly nonexistent) recipient. … Continue reading

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