Let’s face it, British television has pretty much come up with every ‘top 5/10/100’ list you can think of (and some you can’t think of). That’s not going to stop me from telling you about the ‘best 5’ of life and teaching in Japan.
1. Teaching is fun
It’s got ups and downs, but teaching English in Japan is one sweet deal for most people. The working conditions are considerably superior to many other countries, the salary is decent, and students are, at worst, respectful.
2. Life is fun
Japan is a place full of positive energy (sorry – that sounds rather beatnik-esque). It’s difficult not to enjoy life in Japan – beer is good, people are friendly and the streets are safe. Music and art is a big of society, and there is enough natural beauty to keep you travelling for years.
3. Save money
4. Eat well
As I previously wrote, I am back in England right now for a holiday. I can’t believe how healthy and tasty Japanese food is in comparison. I love British food, but Japanese food has a delectable simplicity that you won’t find anywhere else. Come for the work, stay for the food – Japan (hey, that’s not bad).
5. Learn Japanese
Picking up this skill is a must. No matter how long you plan to stay in Japan, learn some of the language for your own sake. The basics of Japanese are not unbearably difficult, so quit your laziness and get out the textbook. Better yet, ask a Japanese friend to teach you.
Anyone else out there working in Japan? What do you love about the place?