This is the second time LinguaLift has had the pleasure of hosting the Japan Blog Matsuri, and based on the large number of quality submissions, I’m glad to see that you’ve appreciated the choice of this month’s topic. From learning Japanese, through teaching English in Japan, up to the Japanese educational system itself—you’ve covered it all, so let’s not waste any more time and jump right into this month’s submissions.![Why English Teachers Should Study Japanese](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri1-1.png)
Blue Shoe of Just Another Day in Japan explores why when teaching English to Japanese natives, it is important to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of Japanese in order to better understands the mistakes that natives make when speaking and writing English.![Teaching in Japan (Ya'll STILL don't get it)](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri2-2.png)
Badboy in Japan writes about his experience teaching English in Japan (in his own school, no less); why he cares about determined students first and foremost, doesn’t give importance to what others think about his methods, and... why English teachers should not study Japanese.![5 Random School Lunches From Japan](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri5-2.png)
Dom of AccessJ has submitted an entertaining post focusing on five of his school lunches in Japan, rating his meals for the week whilst documenting their content and calorie count.![Teaching English with Japanese Poetry](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri6-2.png)
MMM-Fruit’s submission is all about the Japanese poetry form Haiku and how it has been used in an English language classroom in Japan with great success!![Japan and Finland, Worlds Apart](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri8-1.png)
Antti of Sebaattori comments on the lamentable state of language education in Japan, and compares the situation with his homeland of Finland.![Meet Melon Bear...](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri10-1.png)
Alice explains how shes uses a melon bear toy, music, and games in order to teach Japanese kids English the fun way.![Working for one of the big language schools in Japan...](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri11-1.png)
Haikugirl tells of her experience working in an English language school in Japan, speaking about what she gained from the experience and issues with having to teach American English despite being British.![A New School Year.. How Different is it?](/blog/content/images/2015/12/matsuri12-1.png)
Qiquan of QQ’s Adventures in Japan gives his account of the new school year in Japan and all that it entails.
Thank you so much to all who submitted to the Matsuri. Apologies for the slight delay in publication—we hope after browsing through the entries you see that it was worth the wait!
Also, if you missed the previous Japan Blog Matsuri, be sure to check out Haikugirl's Faces of Japan.