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Friday

While banking online in Japan hasn't quite caught on to the extend that it has in other countries, banks offer plenty of services to help you monitor your cash flow. In addition, several large companies have opened up net only banks.

In this section we will explain how to bank online in Japan as well as the various net-banking options.



Wednesday

UC Gift Cards are what we'd call gift vouchers or certificates in the UK. It's a version of money which can only be spent in certain shops. UC's usage is pretty wide though, so if you have one, read on to see what to do with it.



Monday


Leopalace apartments come wired with the company's own proprietary broadband Internet service, dubbed レオネット, or LEO-NET. This is, to me, is one of the apartments' biggest strengths, but it also highlights exactly how little control you have when you live in Leopalace.

Check out our AccessJ review below.



Sunday

No proper post today. I think you can forgive us on Christmas day :)

Merry Christmas. 

If you're in Japan, I hope you don't have work tomorrow! Treat yourselves to something nice, like a nenkyu, if you do.

Thanks to all of you who have supported us with your views and comments since last xmas. AccessJ is growing more rapidly than we ever could have expected. We'll carry on trying to make Japan an easier place for English-speakers to live until next xmas and beyond.

See you tomorrow for our regular scheduled post (about the internet in Leo-Palace apartments if memory serves correctly).



Friday

Today we will cover savings and deposit options from your local bank.



Wednesday

Most cars in Japan are automatic transmission, which could mean that, should you take a driving course in Japan, you may be inclined not to pay the extra for the manual classification.

However, you may regret that decision if you later require a change.



Monday

They advertise it like this.
Recently we've been looking at the ubiquitous pay-by-the-month Leopalace apartments of Japan. ALTs are often placed in these buildings, because their managing company (that is, the apartments' managing company) plays down a few rules of traditional Japanese real estate, including nixing the need for a guarantor and being friendly, or at least open, towards foreign tenants.

Today we'll take a look at the furnishings and bathroom setup of your standard, run-of-the-mill 1K Leopalace.




Sunday

Well, still don't know how to refer to this class. In any case, here are some more games you can play with yours.



Friday

This is a repost, by permission, from Save Aidan - a donation drive to help a fellow ex-pat recently diagnosed with Leukemia and in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. If you have any spare cash, even a few hundred yen or a dollar, he would appreciate it



Thursday

A family man by the name of Aidan is suffering in Japan with a bad case of Leukaemia.

If you can spare any money at all, please donate it to him through his webpage.



Wednesday

Moths are wicked cool! Right?

Well, Japan has a large number of pretty exotic looking baby moths (caterpillars to you and me), some of which are even poisonous. They turn into a wide variety of pretty swanky looking adult moths (i.e. moths), too.

Luckily for the moth enthusiast, there is a website devoted to detailing each and every Japanese species. It's in Japanese, but not hard to work out.



Monday

My last apartment in Japan was a Leopalace. These are becoming a more common setup for ALTs in Japan, and many people seem to be curious about what the buildings and facilities are like. Although I'm sure my experience won't be representative of every Leopalace in Japan, I'll be sharing some of my memories of the place in this brief set of articles.

To begin with, I'll address my personal experiences with and opinions on noise, insulation, price, and guarantors.



Sunday

Along with last week's post, here is another option for practicing the comparative and superlative forms introduced in 2nd grade junior high textbooks.



Friday

Today: opening a bank account!

Don't be put off by the inevitable language barrier, it's very doable.



Wednesday

Not got an origami Kewpie? Never fear, now you can have one for free!



Monday

Over time teaching I've accumulated a lot of stuff in my desk. Most of it is papers, textbook samples, student grades, past exams, articles and publications about English, and Japanese learning resources. But there are a few odds and ends around me that I probably didn't expect I'd use with such regularity before I got into the job.

Here are a few of the things that maybe not everyone associates with teaching or lesson planning, but which I now find essential or which have helped me out in tight situations:



Sunday

If you took the JLPT,
you're a hero, too.
Congratulations and お疲れ様 to all the JLPT test-takers today.



This activity practices the comparative and superlative forms taught in 2nd grade Junior High.



Friday

For the next super-feature, AccessJ will be covering the details of banking in Japan: everything from opening an account to sending money overseas.



Thursday

November was super-exciting at AccessJ!

We learned all about how the internet works! As a result, some template changes have occurred. Not only that, but a much bigger change is about to take place (see next month's Roundup if it doesn't jump out at you).

Even more exciting is that I bought two new plants for my fishtank! And there were two little shrimp in the bag! Lucky! Then they both got eaten by the fish immediately, and one fish died... then another one... possibly as a result of introducing some new ones.... so they may all die soon.... TENSE!

Anyway, so we posted 18 times last month, the most interesting of which were:

The release of AccessJ's Anki JLPT decks. If you're taking the JLPT in... 2 days, isn't it? Then you should probably go study now. Use our decks!

Going to the dentist, Pharmacies and over-the-counter drugs in Japan - Dan's health series continues
Brewing your own beer - Dom's health declines
English-Language Newspapers - for those who still want print news in this modern day and age
Whey Protein - need a boost?
Import Duties - Fun for all the family (who are importing goods into Japan(not fun))
Virtual Travel in Japan - the welcome return of author LP features a lovely eTrip around Japan
Cheap Car Navigation units - at last!
and How to find local events in your area

We also had two semi-guest posts last month. One by request: Dekotora Trucks Video about lorries covered in lights and mirrors, and one re-post of some excellent job-hunting vocab from Twitter friend Maggie Sensei. Anyone else wishing to have something featured here should contact us.

And of course don't forget our weekly Worksheet Sunday series, which continued to provide solid teaching ideas for elementary and junior high.

Another month done. Time for me to get back to studying for the JLPT which I will be lucky to scrape a pass in.