Monthly Archives: August 2011

Back to School

Once again, it is back to school in Japan.  With summer vacation creeping to a close teachers are busy preparing while students scramble to find someone from whom to copy their summer homework.  Junior High School students also have a multi-subject test to look forward to early next week.  From now until the start of winter break will be the second of three semesters in Japan.  Second semester is known for the wide variety of events (especially sports) that take

Buying a Car in Japan

Japan does a lot of things well.  I am not convinced the whole ‘car’ thing is one of them.  I used to own a 50cc scooter, which was more than enough for the small island I lived on.  Now that I have supersized, I need a car to travel to the various schools I work at.  It was a simple matter* to actually buy the car.  I paid my predecessor and then filled out a form with my address and