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December 15, 2017

Annually Asked Questions: Why KFC at Christmas in Japan?

It’s a question that many Westerners ask every year around this time, when the iconic red, white and green marketing…

December 14, 2017

What Your Japanese Teacher Never Taught You about Kanji

Trying to learn Japanese but getting stuck on the characters? Find out how kanji actually work with this breakdown of its components and their functions.

December 13, 2017

Decoding the Kanji of the Year: What it Is, What it Represents

One of the truly beautiful of Japanese lies in its use of — and societal connection to — the written word.

December 12, 2017

Losing My Religion: Using the Words of Worship in Japanese

Gaijinpot discovers that talking about religion is even more complicated than expected.

December 11, 2017

Great Japanese Writers: Miyuki Miyabe

Enjoy genre-jumping with this popular author who has written across science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, children’s fiction, young adult, fantasy, crime, thriller and horror

December 11, 2017

This Week in Japan Dec. 11-17, 2017

Every week we post our picks for upcoming events in Japan.

December 8, 2017

5 ‘Blade Runner’ Inspired Experiences in Japan

Just as the original 1982 movie borrowed heavily from the futuristic sights and sounds of a Tokyo noir, visitors to Japan today can cruise the industrial landscapes of Yokohama or slurp noodles in the narrow alleyways and neon lights of Shinjuku — Japan has all the spots required for a “Blade Runner”-inspired trip!

December 7, 2017

We Asked Readers to Describe Japan in Just 2 words

The responses were hilarious, thoughtful, weird and a little angsty. Vote for your favorite!

December 6, 2017

How to Navigate Lessons with a Special Needs Class

Teaching any type of English class in Japan can have its challenges, but special needs students offer unique, one-on-one situations to help you grow as a teacher — and a person.

December 5, 2017

Namahage: Japan’s Baby-Scaring, Woman-Stealing Holiday Tradition

He and his fellow oni (demons) visit the homes of children across the city every New Year’s Eve, warning children of the dangers of behaving badly or disobeying their parents.

December 4, 2017

Top 5 Crazy Hotels for Budget Travelers

Venture to some decidedly “untouristy” spots in Japan with these recommendations for unique — and still affordable — overnight options.

December 4, 2017

This Week in Japan Dec. 4-10, 2017

Every week we post our picks for upcoming events in Japan.

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