Time in Japan

I lived in Japan from January 1996 until May of 2010. This is my story!


Moved to Japan

January 10, 1996

Flew from Halifax to Osaka with a high school/university friend

Personal Life

Personally important events.

Lived in Company Housing

January 12, 1996 - May 1, 1996

Shared an apartment in Yasu city in Shiga Prefecture with a couple from Australia. Company thought that Elana and I were a couple since we requested to travel together. They gave us one room between us!

Met friends, Jim, Sarah and Gerard

march 1, 1996

Karate Classes

May 1,1996 - April 30, 1997

Live in Kyoto City at Kujo Kawaramachi

May 2, 1996 - April 2, 1998

Google Map of apartment

Met my first cockroach

June 1,1996

Ughh! I really hate these things.

Lucy and Glenda stalked

November 1, 1996 - February 1, 1997

A car would follow Lucy and/or Glenda home from the station almost every night. There was no aggressiveness shown or taunting or anything but this happened every night over a period of months. They reported it to the police but no follow up that they were aware of.

Went to Korea

November 3 1996

First Wedding Party in Japan George!

Nov 10, 1996 - Nov 11, 1996

First wedding party with George. Wrong side of the taxi story!

Met Angela

June 29,1997

She currently lives outside Tokyo with her husband Toshiya. We are in regular contact on FB.

Met Mike

Oct 29,1997

A buddy who has become a lifelong friend. He currently lives in NY and works as a professional translator.

Went to Winter Olympics in Nagano

Feb 14,1998

Saw Canada play the U.S. Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman and more!

Lived in Fushimi

April 2, 1998 - February 28,2003

I lived in two different apartments during this time but they were only a 10 minute walk from each other. One was a 1 bedroom small place and the other was more like a house.

Met Aya

Oct 21,2001

Met my lovely wife Aya at Universal Campus, Fushimi Branch

Grandfather's Funeral

January 2002

At home funeral. Cremation ceremony

Our Wedding

Oct 6,2002

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Aya lived in my apartment in Fushimi

October 7,2002 - March 1, 2003

Lived with Aya and her Dad

March 1, 2003 - April 10, 2010

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Aya is pregnant with Casey

December 2003 - August 2004

My wonderful son! Add pics

Aya is pregnant with Nina

March 1,2007 - November 1, 2007

Professional Events

Notes that were important for me professionally.

Training at Toza Ltd Head Office in Osaka

January 12, 1996 - January 19, 1996

A one week training period at Head Office and other campuses around the Kansai region

Worked in Southern Osaka branch of Toza

january 21 1996 - April 1, 1996

Traveled approximately 3 hours a day on the train to get to work because of a mix up with staffing. Taught 9 40 minute lessons a day

First Paycheck

Feb 25, 1996

Nearly 6 weeks after arrival. Pay days are only once a month!

Worked at Kusatsu Branch

April 10, 1996 - April 5, 1997

I worked mainly at the Kusatsu Branch of Toza

Head Teacher of Kusatsu Branch

January 6, 1997 - April 5, 1997

Worked at Kyoshin, Ltd

May 1, 1997 - March 30, 2003

1. Started getting Japanese bonuses 2. Curriculum Developer 3. Trainer 4. Head of English Department

Went to Okinawa Company Trip

August 1, 1997

Went to Hong Kong Company Trip

May 1, 1998

Went to Hokkaido on Company Trip

July 1, 1999

Went to Hawaii Company Trip

july 3, 2000

Highland English

March 1, 2004 - April 1, 2010

Wore many hats!

Private Lessons at Home

April 1, 2004 - February 28, 2005

Advertised private lessons at my residence. Built a base of students.

Teaching Philosophy

How my thoughts on teaching have evolved.

How is Language Aquired?

January 10, 1996 - January 10, 2013

Since my arrival in Japan this has been an constant part of my thinking. What combination of factors results in language acquisition? How do they differ from person to person? Factors such as age, time, effort, personality, experience, learning methodology, purpose, motivation, and innate talent.

Open Minded

January 14, 1996 - February 15, 1996

At this stage I tried to soak up exactly what would be required of me to be a successful professional in Japan. Everything was turned on its head quickly

Focus on Grammar

February 15, 1996 - May 15,1997

Based on the textbooks, the teaching philosophy at Toza and my own weaknesses I threw myself into learning the nuances of English grammar.

Focus on textbooks and curriculum planning

May 16,1997 - February 28, 2003

Frequent meetings with companies like Pearson, Longman and Oxford as well as Book Fairs, ESL professional development seminars as well as Kyoshin desire for textbook based lessons kept my focus on the textbook and a curriculum that fit the company's desired outcomes for students

Highland English Method

march 1,2003 - April 1, 2010

A. Determine their purpose for studying
B. Determine the effort they are willing to put into their study.
C. Determine their history of self-study.
D. Develop Individual Program on whether English is a Hobby or Purposed for them.
E. Put them in a class based on their ability level and purpose.