Personal Assistant Wanted

Personal Assistant Definition:

Basically, the job would be me asking you to help with whatever I need done. Sometimes guest house data collection, translation, writing or whatever. It will vary.

At the moment-this is mostly what I need help with-

Do you know Excel?

Assistant wanted who can enter data using Excel and look up and print out information. *You need to come to our house in Asao ku, Shinyurigaoka.

Work schedule is flexible.

Working from your home may be possible.

As well as teach English, I also have a guest house business. We have two guest houses near Hakone.

We need to collect a lot of data for the authorities about guests now, under the law.

I need help with this work.

I may need help with other work as well to do with teaching or the guest houses.

Kevin and his family


Salary: ¥1,011/hour


1 Free English class per week at Kevin’s Shinyurigaoka English School or at Kevin’s Minamiashigarashi English

The class is on: Tuesday 8-9 pm at our Asao-ku, Shinyurigaoka Kevin’s English School or on Thursday 7:20-8:20 pm in Minamiashigarashi.

Contact Us!


How to Worry Less

Take care of yourself. Be good to yourself.

Practice Mindfulness:

Our minds are made to think many thoughts. To go from one thought to another.

Mindful awareness or Mindfulness is about just watching yourself and the world around you without judging anything as good or bad. Just watch it and yourself like a movie.

You can practice a mindful meditation by just becoming aware of your breathing (your breath). Close your eyes and experience your breathing.

Count your breaths from 1-10, then start over. Try to do this for 5-20 minutes.

-This lowers stress.

Be Kind to Yourself

You are allowed to make mistakes. You don’t have to be perfect. Give yourself permission to suck!

Being hard on yourself makes changing yourself difficult. When you think negative thoughts about yourself, try to argue against them like a good politician or lawyer.

Or simply ignore these negative thoughts, like they are a barking dog.

-not important. Annoying, but not important.

-just go on with your day, ignoring these thoughts.

-And celebrate your successes more!

Do Self Observation and Evaluation

-Know your weaknesses and think about how to improve them.

-be honest about your strengths and weaknesses

-but be kind and gentle about them, because sometimes you will make mistakes. Or fail.

For example, you might ask yourself, 

“What made it harder this time for me to skip the drink, or use a gentler tone with my partner, or exercise when I felt panic coming on?” he says. “There’s always an answer — and finding it often leads to tremendous growth.”

–Dr. Craig Malkin

Take Care of your Health

sleep well!

exercise improves mood. Go for a run, play tennis, shoot around a basketball hoop, swim or lift weights-all will reduce stress.

anxiety and depression has been shown to be reduced by exercise.

keep a food diary. Food affects mood very much. What are you eating?

Keep your Friendships & the relationships with Relatives healthy

-but end unhealthy relationships

-do fun things with your family and friends sometimes. Take a break from work or study.


Kevin`s Shinyurigaoka English School

Resume of Kevin Burns

How to Study English





ESL Discussions

ESL Discussions

ESL Discussions, thoughts on Yukio Tsuda and English Study in Japan
Yukio Tsuda is a professor at the University of Tsukuba. He earned a doctorate in speech communication at Southern Illinois University.

In his ESL Discussions, Tsuda argues:

“English has its dark side that represents ruthless power.”

Tsuda doesn`t feel that having English skills is important for Japanese, (even though, he himself went to a lot of trouble to get them.)

Though I am an English teacher, I have always felt that Esperanto the international language designed to bridge the gap between peoples, was the fairest way to go. It hasn`t been widely used, accepted, nor studied however.

What have people like Tsuda done to promote it?

I haven`t done a thing. I am happy to teach English and feel it is the best option under the present circumstances. Unless every government in the world were to start teaching Esperanto from kindergarten, things will not change.

Tsuda makes my point, that students who study English will have an advantage over everyone else in the work force. I do not see this as a problem. However he does. He feels it will lead to a new kind of social discrimination between English speakers and non-speakers. I agree.

It will lead to preferential treatment for English speakers he cries. What he calls “social discrimination,” I call opportunity. Japanese who can envision the future will prosper, but it is best to act now and have your children study English.

ESL Discussions – Japanese Companies & English Study

Nissan has insisted that all board meetings and important business meetings be conducted in English. Nissan`s non-Japanese speaking COO insisted upon this. The company increased support for English lessons and the ability to speak English became an important job qualification for managers.

Isuzu once owned its own English school (Crops Create), before ultimately selling it off. They used it to brush up the skills of their employees.

Fuji Photo Film and Mitsubishi Chemical where I have taught, makes English very important for those who may travel abroad. Employees of these two companies, must of course, attain a high degree of English skill before they can go on business trips or be transferred abroad.

At Johnson (Japan), being a subsidiary of the American giant, English of course was important for Japanese managers.

The above has gone on for many years. So it was not exactly news when Fast Retailing (Unikiro), and Rakuten made a splash in the Japanese media when they announced they were making English their official in-house language.

This really isn`t big news. It has been an ongoing process of internationalization in Japan for many years. Some companies recognize it before others.

I think it was great though, as these Japanese companies obviously understand where the future of the world is going. Perhaps by “making it,” news, it will be a good thing for the further internationalization of Japan. A country that lacks it in my opinion.





– 孔子







ブリティッシュ・コロンビア大学卒業後、舞台演劇の学士号(副専攻が歴史)を取得した後、コメディアンを目指しました。私はバンクーバーのPunchlinesとYuk Yuk`sでコメディー披露しました。私はインタビューを受けて、CBCラジオで小さなコメディーを披露しました。私は友達を笑わせました!

映画のKevin Burns、 “Love is Never Silent”

しかし、それは非常に困難だったことに気づきました。 24の時には、都市から都市へ、さまざまなコメディ会場で漫才をし、月に2,000ドルほどのスタンドコメディアンとして仕事をしていました。それは私にとって十分な額ではなかったです。

私は打たれ強い人間でした。20代後半にThe Tokyo Comedy Storeを創設しました。しかし、私は劇場やコメディーの内部での揉め事に飽き飽きして、英会話スクールの管理と指導に専念しました。The Tokyo Comedy Storeは今日まで続けられ、英語を話す人々の日常生活に笑いの休息を与えています。

















皮肉なことに芸人になるためにたくさん経験してきましたが、その経験を英語を教えるのに役立てるられるので、面白い先生になろうと思いました。私は授業を本当に楽しみました!私は黒板とかに書くときも面白くしようとします。私はKeio SFCで教えたことがあり、今は駒沢女子大学(駒女)で教えています。また、何年も東海大学で教えています。









About Shinyurigaoka English Teacher, Kevin Burns

About Shinyurigaoka English Teacher, Kevin Burns

Kevin`s English School in Shinyurigaoka



246 Kamiasao, Asao Ku,

Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-0021

Tel: 08010095581



My name is Kevin Burns, I am originally from Vancouver, Canada. But I have taught English in Japan for almost 30 years now. I look forward to teaching you English, and sharing some of my experiences in Japan and Canada. I look forward to hearing of your experiences in your life!

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

– Confucius

I`ve enjoyed being an English teacher in Japan, and I have learned a lot about myself, Japan and Canada too. You learn so much from living and working in another country.

My three children are bilingual. I`m proud of them! I too speak Japanese, but wouldn`t label myself as bilingual. But I bumble my way through many situations, and manage.

At about seven years old I got the idea in my head that one day I had to go to Japan. I`m not sure why exactly, but I think I had been watching a documentary about Expo in Japan or the Olympics in Tokyo.

Life always seemed to lead me in the direction of Japan. My brother brought a very good Japanese friend home one day, her name was Kumiko and she was great! She was very kind to me I remember.

At 12, I played in a local tennis tournament and in the final I beat Ken Iwasaki, a Japanese-Canadian. He and I became best friends and I often visited his home, which was an oasis of Japanese culture. I enjoyed looking at their raven hair, and deep brown, almond eyes. I tried Japanese food and enjoyed looking at their souvenirs and furniture from Japan. It was all so different from my house.


I had always prided myself on being funny. It was who I was I felt. I dreamed of one day being a famous comedian like one of my idols, Steve Martin or a comedic actor like Michael J. Fox (also from the Vancouver area).

After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor`s degree in Theatre (minor in History), I pursued my dream of comedy dominance. I performed at Punchlines and Yuk Yuk`s in Vancouver, I was interviewed and did a little comedy on CBC radio and I made my (drunken) friends laugh!


Kevin Burns as an extra, in the movie, “Love is Never Silent”

I came to realize however that it was very difficult. At 24 I envisioned a career as a stand up comedian, traveling from city to city, performing in various comedy venues and making around 2,000 dollars a month. It would not have been enough for me.

I was a glutton for punishment. I founded the comedy club that went on to become The Tokyo Comedy Store when I was in my late 20s. But I got tired of the infighting of theater and comedy, and chose to concentrate on managing my English schools and teaching. The Tokyo Comedy Store continues until this day, giving English speakers a comedic break from daily life.


Pictured: Kevin`s Guest House, near Hakone

What I really wanted was a home (with a white picket fence), a kind, caring wife and children. I didn`t want to be out on the road all the time for work. I wanted a home. I also wanted the time and money to be able to travel when I wanted and where I wanted.

My wife and I built a Canadian house near Hakone, Japan. It is located in Minamiashigarashi, and we rent it as a guest house now with Airbnb. We also have another guest house in an American style cottage, also near Hakone.


Pictured: Merry Lue`s Guest House, near Hakone

I thought Japan would be a great base for my life and a good safe, place to raise children. Making my living in a pleasant, interesting and financially powerful country, and use that highly valued currency to travel in other countries, has allowed me to see and learn many things. I am blessed to have lived most of my life in Japan.

I find it puzzling though, that, although I speak Japanese, and I have lived in Japan longer than many people, – 29 years now. I am still called: “gaijin.”

Although there is ethnic profiling by the police at times, and some racism here and there- mostly comments about “how foreigners smell.” There is nothing violent fortunately. Japan is generally a great place.    Most Japanese don`t mind non-Japanese, and some love foreign people.

Teaching has been great in many, many ways. I have a good income and a lot of freedom to travel. I enjoy Japanese culture.
I love the architecture of old Japanese buildings, and many of the new buildings too. I love the subtle art of much of Japanese culture, for example: tea ceremony, or ikebana.

I also like the more astounding artistic aspects like kimono or yukata, and some of the amazing paintings Japanese artists have done.

I enjoy Japanese food too!  The food is good, healthy and even looks nice!

As for literature, I love Haruki Murakami. But I want to read many more books by Japanese authors.

This may sound strange to you, but I really like the cleanliness of Japan and Japanese people.   Japanese tend to bathe everyday, they dress nicely, they take off their shoes at the door, and they value keeping things neat and tidy.  I admire that.

While working for Columbia College during the summers off from  university, I had the pleasure of getting to know hundreds of  Japanese students. I found them charming and again Japan kept calling to me.

I talked with everyone I knew who had ever lived and taught in  Japan. I got to know as many Japanese as I could in Vancouver, and then at 25 I decided that I would go to Japan and teach for a year. But I never left!

I taught at St. Mary`s College in Nagoya, ECC in Shibuya, Hon Atsugi, Fujisawa and Machida.  I also taught at the Machida YMCA.

One of my tenets through life has always been to try as much as possible to work smart. What I mean is, work hard but do not only live to work. Maximise your time at work and at play. As well, I wanted to make sure that I enjoyed my job. So I feel lucky to be an English teacher. And a guest house owner/manager.   That is why I started Kevin`s English Schools.

Teaching ironically is full of comedic opportunities. So now I am paid to be a funny teacher. I really enjoy it! I try to be funny when I write too. I have taught at Keio SFC. Now I teach at Komazawa Women`s University (Komajo), and I have taught at Tokai University for many years now.

I am a fan of Dr. Wayne Dyer and he has always striven to have more and more freedom in his life. Freedom in what he chooses to do, and financial freedom. That is the reason I started Kevin`s English Schools, Kevin`s Guest House and Merry Lue`s Guest House. I hope to make money from YouTube as well.   My friend Eric Berg, is doing just that, making money from his YouTube channel EricSurf6.   I admire him!

Teaching in Japan can be quite lucrative once you are here for a while. It is also very lucrative in terms of giving you a good life and free time for yourself. But a caveat: Certainly not lucrative like a doctor or a lawyer. But it is lucrative in time off I would say. Especially if you teach at a university, you can be blessed with time to enjoy life if you choose to be a part-time teacher.

Our fast paced, fast food society is so time-demanding. I look all around me and see many people working overtime at jobs they don`t really like. Does this sound like you? I hope not!

Some have stated either you can find a way to enjoy your job (if you don`t), or you can find a job you love. Some say follow your passion. Others, follow your skill. I guess we each have to decide which is the best philosophy for ourselves.

It is a tough call that everyone has to go through. I think I will always be looking for new challenges.

I love writing, and I love helping people. I enjoy being funny and I can do that when I write or teach. I love teaching, and meeting many different people while teaching English.

I look forward to meeting and teaching you in Shinyurigaoka, Machida, Minamiashigarashi or Odawara.

Kevin Burns