Apparently this blog’s title came about in the aftermath of a failed college romance. These days, though, the author (calling himself Claytonian) seems to have put those worries behind him and is keeping a very engaging personal blog of his time in Japan. He’s recently finished the first chapter of his life here, in Kyushu, and has moved to Saitama. In his writing, he comes through as a personable, intelligent, funny guy with something of substance to say about his daily life here. That alone would be enough for many readers, but he’s also a dedicated student of Japanese, and fairly frequently offers posts that will be of interest to others studying the language.
Another welcome addition here is an ample Youtube presence, still surprisingly rare on Japan blogs, that gives you another point of access into Claytonian’s experiences. An all around winner of a blog, and you’ll find it here or from the sidebar.
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This blog is a potential lifesaver for some hapless young humanities major out there, with fantasies of coming to Japan and teaching English while he (a) dates an endless parade of submissive auto show girls (b) becomes a martial arts legend or (c) gets an apartment in Akihabara and claws his way to the top of the savage otaku food chain.
The blog’s About section puts it this way:
Let’s Japan seeks to debunk the beast known as eikaiwa, or English conversation in Japan…Working in Japan was nothing close to the image presented to us back home. We were salesmen, doing our best to keep students happy enough so that they would gladly keep paying for the privilege of speaking to us a few times a week.
Let’s Japan does an excellent job of tracking news items related to the big chain English schools, and has found ample material in the aftermath of the Nova fiasco. The writers also pull very few punches in sharing their own anecdotes about life in the eikaiwa ghetto. So the next time a young relative or friend’s kid brother asks about teaching in one of the McSchools, you have an alternative to the standard, “Sure, or you could just fling yourself in front of a train.” Send them to Let’s Japan.
Here or from the sidebar.
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