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July 24, 2017

This Week in Japan July 24-30, 2017

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

July 22, 2017

Potsu Potsu: Rain in the Summertime

The Eskimos may have fifty words for “snow,” but did you know there are a whopping 1,190 rain-related words and phrases in the Japanese language?

July 21, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: The Secret Garden

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

July 20, 2017

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan, Part 2

Each public school in Japan has its own unique routines with students and expectations of teachers. If you’re new to teaching in a Japanese school, learning these idiosyncrasies on the first day can make the rest of the term a breeze.

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July 19, 2017

What Happened For Abe At The G20 Summit

Shinzo Abe is preparing himself for a new era in Asian politics — one in which regional, not international, alliances will be the key to success. His Group of 20 discussions with world leaders reflected much of that.

July 18, 2017

Smartphones in Japan: How To Buy, Unlock and Change Plans

Japanese mobile service is notoriously convoluted — here’s what to do if you plan to bring a phone over from home and sort yourself out with a new one while you’re here.

July 17, 2017

This Week in Japan July 17-23, 2017

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

July 14, 2017

Weekend Trip: Walking The Nakasendo Trail

Short, sweet and relaxing; a weekend discovering the history of the Kiso Valley and Nakasendo Way is an ideal getaway for history buffs and nature lovers alike — with lots of good, cheap snacks and fresh water sources along the way.

July 13, 2017

Laundry Day: Mastering Your Washing Machine

When you first arrive in Japan, some of the biggest challenges can be the simplest things — like doing laundry. Gaijinpot guides you all the way from starting your washing machine to its advanced features.

July 12, 2017

Great Japanese Writers: Yukio Mishima

A deep dive into the work of some of Japan’s greatest writers.

July 11, 2017

Killer or Creepy? 5 Japanese Bugs To Avoid This Summer

From killers to just creepers, here are five bugs you might encounter this summer in Japan — and ways to avoid inviting them into your home.

July 10, 2017

This Week in Japan July 10-16, 2017

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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