Monday, May 2, 2016

How to find a job in Japan

A few friends have asked me how does one find a job in Japan. There are many sites that one can use depending on whether or not you are a fresh graduate, looking for a mid-career change, type of profession that you are seeking for, your language skills and your education background.

I have used the following sites and will talk about each of them briefly.

Career Engine (https://japan.careerengine.org/index/index/lang/en)
This is good for those seeking bilingual jobs in Japan, mostly English and Japanese. There are both the Japanese and English version to the website. Jobs are separated into industry or job functions. Hence, it is easy to search for the type of job that you are interested in. However, the jobs do require the applicant to be already residing in Japan.

GaijinPot (https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/)
This is probably one of the most popular website for foreigners residing outside of Japan to seek for a job in Japan. The "Overseas OK" and "No Nihongo" would be especially suitable for those residing overseas or can't speak Japanese. While majority of the jobs under the "Overseas OK" are related to teaching English in Japan, there are other jobs such as consultant, sales, engineer, site developer, etc. You can even use it to search for part-time jobs if you are currently residing in Japan.

Daijob (https://www.daijob.com/)
Another website that comes in both Japanese and English versions. While some do not state if the applicant should be residing in Japan at the time of application, some do state that requirement clearly. Also, you might notice that many of the jobs require you to submit your 履歴書 and 職務経歴書 which are obviously in Japanese.

For fresh graduates, you can try sites like リクナビ (https://job.rikunabi.com/) or マイナビ(http://global.mynavi.jp/). These two website would be great for those who are proficient in Japanese and living in Japan or plan to go to Japan for their job hunt. For those seeking a mid-career change, try CareerCross (https://www.careercross.com/). Lastly, for science students and researchers, a more suitable website would be the jREC-IN portal (https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekTop?ln=1)

Good Luck with your job search!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Lunch with colleagues one day was at this ramen place nearby which supposedly serves really good ramen, according to a colleague of mine.

The menu~

I've been craving for a tsukemen ever since I came and decided to finally order one. This one here came with 2 pieces of char siew, a beautiful egg and seaweed.

Here's my dipping soup which contained a lot of onions and was extremely flavourful.

I'm super glad that I finally got my tsukemen fix and it's likely that I won't be having one in a while. While I do enjoy tsukemen, I find the dipping soup a bit too salty and as I'm a slow eater, my soup usually cools down too fast!

But yea, I highly recommend this to anyone who loves noodles to try tsukemen.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Home-cooked gyoza (cheat)

Saw some pre-made gyoza on the freezer section and decided to try it. I bought the brand Nipponman. A pack came with 12 pieces of gyoza, a packed of sauce for the cooked gyoza and a packet of sauce for cooking the gyoza.

So first, I laid out all the gyoza on a hot pan with some oil and then poured in the packet of sauce for cooking the gyoza  in.
 

After several minutes, you get this nice "wings" at the bottom of the pan.

Before serving, I broke them up into individual portions.

And yes....SUCCESS!!! The perfect gyoza~ with a nice brown bottom and crunchy "wings"! :D

Besides looking amazing, it tastes super good too!!!

While I did not make them from scratch, I was still super proud that they came out looking soooo beautiful!

Friday, April 22, 2016

腹八分目 渋谷

Visited 腹八分目 (Hara hachibunme), which is an Izakaya located at Shibuya (渋谷公園通り店) with S and his friends on the last weekend I had before work starts. The address is as follows:
〒150-0041 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jinnan, 1 Chome−22−10, 皆川 ビル 8F

Took the train to Shibuya on a Friday evening and there were so many people that our line messages weren't getting through.

Met up with S at the green train before dinner with I-san to try and get my bank card to work.

As Hachiko was just nearby, I couldn't help myself but ask for a picture next to Hachiko.

Finally~ my first picture with hachiko!

We went for dinner at 腹八分目, which seems to be famous for their friend chicken dish!

On seating, we were served this plate of salted popcorn and fried crackers.

Gyouzas!!! <3

The famous fried chicken! OMG~ the serving was soooo huge compared to the other dishes.

Okonomiyaki! Can never say no to this~

A mini 1/2 and 1/2 pizza. I'm not sure what they were but I think it was margarita and basil/pesto sauce pizza. I only tried the one with the green sauce and it was good. At first we thought that huge dollop was mayonaise but no, it was some sort of light cream.

Salmon carpaccio with avocado, which was really good!

My second order of cranberry chuhai because S thought that I didn't enjoyed my first honey lemon chuhai due it's slight bitter taste......so he volunteered to take over from there.

Not bad, it was the first time I actually finished an alcoholic beverage all by myself.

Some super spicy chicken dish with cabbage.

Korean pancake with cheese~ omg, that cheese was sooo good! I should try to do this myself too!

This here is another chicken dish that's topped with various sauces, mayonnaise and aonori. No idea what it's called but the sauce was good.

Overall, it was an interesting experience for me as I've always wanted to visit an izakaya. Plus it was interesting to see what do others do at an izakaya! Hopefully, I'll have more experiences to share in the future.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Interesting first week with the kids

Day 1:
Kid A: You sound like how Singaporean speak English! Where are you from?

Kid B: You sound like the air stewardess from Cathay Pacific!

M: Why won't you eat your lunch?
Kid C: My mum accidentally packed my sister's lunch in my bag.
M: It's ok, just have it.....
Kid C: No...I'm not hungry!
M: Here's a snack!

M: blah blah blah
Kids: Teacher, Kid D has fallen asleep!
M: *looks over and thinks if my lesson is that boring* -_-!!!

Day 4:
Was trying to get the kids attention and I decided to raise my voice. I soon learn that my voice is not as loud as the kids and they cannot hear me. But I did tell them that they should listen to me when I speak and not make me raise my voice ever again. Not sure if the message got through to them though.


Bonus: my miso ramen from lunch a month ago with my colleagues. Look at how thick that soup is~!!! Best thing ever on a very cold day at work~!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Terrine matcha

Extremely strong matcha flavour cake.

Spotted this during one of my grocery shopping rounds and decided to get it.

It was one of the richest matcha flavoured cake that I have ever taste! Really good~

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Night sakura at Sumida River

After dinner, we headed to Sumida River where we got to see beautiful yozakura and got a great view of Skytree.

Loving this view.........

The trees were at their full-bloom state when we were there and there were so many people enjoying their hanami under the trees.

Look at the crowd! Wish I could join them too~!

We were trying to get artistic shots of the Skytree hahaha

Look at all that sakura~ and the train that just happened to be passing by as I snapped this.

Soooo pretty~!!!!

After that, we stopped by 711 for some ice cream. This is the Haagen-Dazs Crunchy Crunch Green Tea Cumble which is a limited edition offer.

Everything limited edition is always good.

One bite of that and yea, it was super delicious! hahaha......kinda reminds me of the green tea pocky. I'm gonna buy more Haagen Dazs limited edition ice cream from now on.

After that, as we were heading back, I realised that I had lost my Pasmo card. Just my luck as I had just topped up another 6000yen to it at the station. There's a total of about 7000yen in it. We tried retracing our steps to find it but to no avail. 

Remember my omikuji? Oh....how accurate it was! I only wished that other good parts of the omikuji were just as accurate.