By Daniel Cariello
BA Hons English Literature graduate

Teaching English in Japan: A Brave New World

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Japan is a country that offers a fantastic contrast of experiences that range from the unbelievably modern to remarkable history. Over the past few decades, Japan has established itself as one of the leading countries in nuclear physics, aeronautics, transportation, robotics and electronics. An extended trip to Japan feels in many ways like emerging through a wormhole into the future. If you are fascinated by electronics and gadgetry, Japan is a very cool country to visit, with companies such as Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi producing endless incredible products.

Conversely, Japan is also widely celebrated for a rich history and impressive culture. If you decide to take part in a TEFL course in Japan then you will have the opportunity to study first-hand the ways of the ancient samurai. The subject of a hugely successful film industry, Takashi Miike in particular is producing magnificent cinema at the moment. People often come from many miles to witness the history of the samurai and shogun.

Tokyo is infamous for the chaotic lifestyle that ranges from suit-clad businessmen to the kimono-clad geisha. It can offer some of the most exciting experiences in the world, and boasts a spectacular nightlife, glamorous theatre and fantastic cuisine. For
me, the trip is almost made worth it by the sushi alone.

Aside from the technology, there are plenty of natural wonders to marvel at as well. The country is not short of beautiful islands with magnificent coral reefs in places like Okinawa.

Furthermore, all of these experiences are made all the more enjoyable by the Japanese citizens’ gracious hospitality that goes hand in hand with the country’s culture. If you are interested in getting a glimpse of the future whilst simultaneously marvelling at history, then arrange a visa and get your bags packed!

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