Category Archive: Everyday Life in japan

Just Japan Podcast 142: Battling the Winter

  In Episode 142 of the podcast, Kevin chats with Andrew (Higgins in Japan on YouTube) and James (altinsider.com) about life during the winter months in Japan. Is it possible to keep warm… Continue reading

Make a Life List – There’s Life Everywhere (Kids & Nature Part 5)

This is a great nature-based activity to help put the natural world in perspective for your children or students. Many children live in their own world of Minecraft and PokemonGo and are normally… Continue reading

The World Under a Rock! (Kids & Nature Part 4)

Often people lament that they are unable to connect with nature because it may be too far away. In a way I understand their thinking. I grew up in rural Eastern Canada and… Continue reading

Sound Walk – What do you hear? (Kids & Nature Part 3)

An easy and effective way to connect kids with the outdoors is by taking them on a sound walk. You probably have an idea of what a sound walk is simply because of… Continue reading

Ready for Adventure: What Kids Need to Explore Nature (Kids & Nature Part 2)

You’ve now made the decision to help get your children or students more connected to nature. It’s time to get them outside and let them explore and inquire. Kids can of course simply… Continue reading

Connecting kids with nature: Our responsibility (Kids & Nature Part 1)

Playing outside is essential to the healthy growth of children. Children need to get outside, get dirty and discover the natural world around them. They need to, but they are not. In a… Continue reading

Farewell to Summer in Japan (I won’t miss you)

Today is a national holiday and officially the Autumn Equinox 秋分の日 in Japan. While the first day of fall may be September 21st in North America it comes two days later in Japan.… Continue reading

5 Maddening Things About Japan

I’ve decided to dust off some of my writing cobwebs and make a post here on the BusanKevin/Just Japan Podcast blog. This site is normally home for the Just Japan Podcast show notes,… Continue reading

Sports Day in Japan 運動会

It is Fall in Japan as well as most other countries in the Northern Hemisphere and that means it is Sports Day or Undokai 運動会 season. Some school have recently begun having Sports Day… Continue reading

Raising Bilingual Children: Why I Never Speak Japanese at Home

While dealing with a brief cause of “blogger’s block”, I asked some folks on Facebook what I should write about. I was asked to write about raising a bilingual child. I have written… Continue reading