When I first got to Japan, I was looking for a part-time job to help pay the bills. Through a friend’s introduction, I heard of Lancul. This is one of the few jobs in Japan that I found did not require you to know or speak any Japanese.
What is An English Cafe?
There are many traditional English cafes scattered around Tokyo. They take form in a physical coffee shop or bar, with the staff being native English speakers. They are usually foreigners and are in Japan to either
Lancul is unlike a traditional English cafe. Instead, the company picks popular
- Mates are foreigners from all around the world, usually native English speakers or speak fluent English if they are German / French /
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- Lancul hosts 2 international parties a month (Some are themed. The featured picture in this article was taken from the Halloween party). One that is more geared towards drinking/partying, and another which is more of a traditional sit-down and chat with finger foods.
- Going to these parties barely feels like work, as you’re just chatting with people in English. If you’re new to the country this is also a great way to meet people since it’s effectively a hub for English speaking Japanese locals.
- As a part-time employee, you can pick and choose your own schedule. So you can work as much or as little as you want. Full times and team leads are all pretty
chill, and the job itself is generally pretty stress-free.
Overall, this has been a very fun and refreshing experience for me, especially after working as a programmer for 8 years. Through this job, I’ve met a lot of new people and really gained new insight into Japanese culture through talking to a bunch of locals. To be fair though, this “insight” is probably bias since all the people I talk to are generally internationalized. The members are usually:
- A high school/university student that is practicing English so they can leave Japan and do a Working Holiday in some other country (usually Germany or Australia)
- A housewife in their 40s or 50s that lived abroad for a long period of time (5-10 years) when their partner moved for business. They recently moved back to Tokyo, and need a place to practice their English
- People who love to travel and are just looking for people to share their stories with
- Businessmen who come after work to just enjoy a beer and socialize (stay for about an hour)
The branch locations quite spread out across Tokyo and each place has its own unique flare and set of customers. At Shinjuku for example, the company hosts their sessions at J.S Burger, a very popular burger joint in Tokyo. (The burgers are pretty good, but just a bit pricey, about 1200 Yen for
I’ve personally met some really interesting people here, including a magician in training (