| Jun 8, 2013

Encouraging, not comparing, accomplishments

by Amy Chavez

Aging Japan. We hear this phrase all the time. The question is, what are they talking about — the infrastructure? The people? Four Roses whisky? Everything ultimately ages. Even newborns age. So perhaps to defy “aging Japan,” we need people who age younger, or ...

| Jun 1, 2013

Everyone's own path to enlightenment

by Amy Chavez

What is Buddhism? In Australia, Buddhism can be found in a cup of coffee. So waste no time and start your journey to awakening at Buddha Espresso, a cafe in Perth. If you haven’t reached enlightenment by the end of the cup, accept this ...

| May 25, 2013

English education and English sheepdogs

by Amy Chavez

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to globalize Japan’s workforce and says that Japan must become more competitive in the English language. This has touched off a debate among native English teachers, Japanese who teach English, Japanese speakers who don’t speak English, and English sheepdogs ...

| May 11, 2013

There are plenty more fish jokes in the sea

by Amy Chavez

The Go Fish! Foundation is an international organization for the protection of fish, their parents, family and friends. Go Fish! rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to fish in need. Our services include protection of species, sheltering in state-of-the-art aquariums and access to secret spawning ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Welcome to the Japan Jalapeno Hotline

by Amy Chavez

It’s April, which means new recruits in companies across Japan. And as the new school year starts, new foreign English teachers all over Japan are settling into their positions in Japanese public schools, getting shocked out of their socks. The newbie English teacher social ...