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October 21, 2016

Teach Yourself Japanese with the Kumon Language Course

Struggling with Japanese? The Kumon course – offering tailor-made lessons that you can study when you want – could be for you. And they’re giving away a free trial course until the end of November!

October 20, 2016

Ask Sara: My Girlfriend Works in a Girls Bar

My girlfriend has a part-time job that makes me feel uneasy. She says it’s only for the money but should I be worried?

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October 19, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: The Best and Worst Things About Living in Rural Japan

Between the good, the bad and the downright absurd, you’ll find it all in the Japanese countryside.

credit cards among cash
October 18, 2016

A Brief Guide to Credit Cards in Japan

Credit where credit is due.

October 17, 2016

This Week in Tokyo for Oct. 17-23, 2016

Every Monday we post our picks for upcoming events in and around Tokyo. If you would like your event listed here, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

October 17, 2016

Keeping it in the Kazoku: Fickle Words for Family in Japan

Most of the time, referring to your own or other people’s families in Japanese is a simple matter of adding -さん to the end. However, there are some exceptions.

10 Reasons to Visit Kochi
October 14, 2016

10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Kochi

10 reasons to visit this little-known gem in southern Japan. As if you need an excuse.

Japanese BGM and Why It Matters
October 13, 2016

4 Examples of Japanese Background Music and Where to Find Them

You hear it every single day everywhere in Japan but you have no idea how or why. This is Japanese background music or BGM.

Surviving the Inaka: Teaching in a Countryside Classroom
October 12, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Teaching in a Countryside Classroom

What are the big differences between teaching in the countryside and teaching in the city? Will your school have electricity? And is Sweden somehow involved with ISIS?

October 11, 2016

This Week in Tokyo for Oct. 10-16, 2016

Before you start hibernating for the winter, get out there, make some friends and have some fun this week in…

Finding Work in Japan
October 11, 2016

Finding Work in Japan: Don’t Make Your Resume About You

I bet you think this resume is all about you. Heads up: It’s not.

October 8, 2016

Tasteful Tokyo: Ballower Terrace

Open cafe bliss in Sendagaya.

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