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May 25, 2017

The 6 Types of People You Meet on a Japanese Train

Trains are an unavoidable part of daily life in Japan — they also give life to specific genera of homo sapiens.

May 24, 2017

A Simple Guide to the Izakaya

The izakaya is an undeniable staple of Japanese social life, so what is it and what do you actually do? Here are some helpful tips.

May 23, 2017

Beating the Bullies: Tackling ijime in Japan

The Japanese call it “ijime,” but you and I know it more commonly as “bullying.”

May 22, 2017

This Week in Japan, May 22-28

Every Monday we serve top picks for this week’s events in Japan. To list your event, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

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May 19, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Chapter 3

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village. This is my story.

Grids Hotel + Hostel
May 19, 2017

Grids Hotel and Hostel: Defy Labels at this Cool New Travel Hub

Backpacker youth hostel? Budget hotel? International guesthouse? At Grids Hotel and Hostel, you can experience it all in an authentic new way. Watch the video here.

May 17, 2017

Tomogashima: A Trip Worth Taking

Across rough seas and aboard decaying ships, the islands of Tomogashima are a unique — if challenging — visit.

May 17, 2017

When Good English Classes Go Bad

Everyone has their favorite classes, and likewise everyone probably has those one or two classrooms that they dread stepping into each week.

May 16, 2017

What’s in a Japanese Name?

That who we call “ko” would sound as sweet! A GaijinPot guide to recalling tricky Japanese names and learning some new kanji in the process.

May 15, 2017

After a Successful ALT Interview: The Next Steps

You did research, nailed the interview and the company has offered you a job — congratulations! What happens next?

May 15, 2017

This Week in Japan, May 15-21

Every Monday we pick the top events happening this week across Japan. To list your event, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

A geisha at the bar of Mosaic Hostel Kyoto
May 15, 2017

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Kyoto

Mosaic Hostel give us their insider tips for getting off the beaten track in Japan’s cultural capital. Includes castles, sewage plants and craft beer. Curious? Read on.

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