I put on my boots and open the door to my house and step outside. Immediately the blinding white strikes my eyes. To my right is a field of white all the way back to the hills in the distance and to my left is a wall of snow 8 feet high. In front of… Continue reading Living and Making Money in Rural Hokkaido
If you're someone who plans on living in Japan long term, you're going to have to spend some time thinking about your finances and what your goals are for life. It's one thing to come here and spend a few years to go sightseeing, traveling, and gaining some new experiences. It's an entirely different challenge… Continue reading How to Be Financially Secure in Japan
Here is a breakdown of my teaching salary for August 2018. If you've ever wondered how much an average English teacher in Japan makes, here are all the raw numbers. My Monthly Japanese Income for August 2018 Income 230038 yen My paycheck was slightly higher this month due to a few hours of overtime that… Continue reading Can You Survive on a Teacher Salary in Japan?
Japan is often viewed as an amazing place to live. While I definitely agree that Japan is great, they still have a lot of the same problems that appear in other countries. Just like in the US, it’s not unheard of for companies to toe the line on labor laws. I’ve had several encounters with… Continue reading Quitting Your Job in Japan: A Guide to Worker’s Rights
Sometimes no matter how much we budget or save, we found ourselves wishing we had just a little bit of extra cash here and there. Most foreigners in Japan are able to make a high enough salary to cover their food, rent, and other basic needs. However, wages in Japan are not always enough to… Continue reading 15 Ideas for Making Extra Money in Japan