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Term Description


Typically used to describe lunch and field trip groups, "han" is the Japanese word for "group". A han tends to consist of 4-6 kids. In a single classroom, there can be up to 10 hans with 4 kids each. In field trips, there can be far more than 10 if multiple classes are participating.

Keeping this in mind, it is recommended to always make at least 10 sets of an activity so that there are enough materials for every group.  

What your coworkers are saying when calling out the groups: 
Group #1: ippan
Group #2: nihan
Group #3: sanpan
Group #4: yonhan
Group #5: gohan
Group #6: roppan
Group #7: nanahan
Group #8: happan
Group #9: kyuuhan
Group #10: jippan



Japanese version of TGIF (the term, not the restaurant)

Health Check


A busy, happy hospital scene in traditional Japan

Mandatory health examination for all city employees including ALT(s)and CIR(s). Occurs once per year, over the summer and fall in various locations throughout Kobe, including City Hall. Keep an eye out for emails from the School Education Division.

Link to sample translations of forms and health check locations below. 

Hokushin Kyuukou Electric Railway


Hokushin Kyuukou character logo

The railway line that runs from Tanigami to Shin-Kobe through a tunnel in the mountains. Fastest but most expensive way to travel to Sannomiya from the Hanayama neighborhood. Becomes the Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line past Shin-Kobe.


Acronym for "Homeroom Teacher." The elementary school version of an OTE. Technically not specifically considered OTE because subjects taught are not limited to English and foreign language.

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