Kansai

The Kansai region of Japan is known as a colorful place; not just the scenery, but the people too.  Kansai people are known to be talkative and outgoing, unlike the more reserved people in Kanto or the more remote areas of Japan.  Most of Japan’s comedy talent come from Kansai, and Kansai speakers have a distinctive dialect called “Kansai-ben.”

Kansai is on the southern part of Honshu, just across the mountains from the Kanto region where you find Tokyo and Yokohama.  There are three cities in Kansai which are major attractions:  Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.
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Insurance For Teachers

When I quit working for one of the big English teaching companies, I had to get insurance from somewhere.  My wife suggested I use the national health system that Japanese people use.  I thought that would be a good idea, but I looked into it and it wasn’t so great after all.  It was very expensive and didn’t offer full coverage.

One problem with National Health is that, when you sign up for it, you have to pay a big chunk to get started.  You have to pay for all the months you were in the country and covered by someone else.  For me, that would have meant paying three years of insurance all at once!
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Lesson Planning

Lesson Planning Tips for Teachers In Japan

I used to work for a big Eikaiwa where I had all my lessons pre-planned for me and all I had to do was crank open a big textbook and I was ready to go.  Now, I’m on my own, making my own lessons for individual students.  When I was first on my own, I was overwhelmed.  It was like having the floor pulled out from under me!  I didn’t know anything about lesson planning.
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