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November 23, 2017

Vegan Events and Festivals in Japan

From Tokyo to Okinawa (sorry Hokkaido!), vegan food festivals are popping up all over Japan.

November 22, 2017

Imperial Gratitude: The Reason for Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Ten of Japan’s 16 national holidays are directly related to the Emperor — with one more on the way.

November 21, 2017

A Kansai Christmas: Things to See and Do this Winter

There’s something about the uniquely Japanese way in which Christmas is celebrated here that always brings a smile to my face. Illuminations are no different.

Unwind Hotel & Bar Sapporo
November 21, 2017

This Designer Urban Chalet is a Dream Hokkaido Hotel IRL

Dream of a chalet experience but don’t want to leave the city? The oh-so-cozy Unwind Hotel & Bar brings the Swiss Alps to Sapporo.

November 20, 2017

This Week in Japan Nov. 20-26, 2017

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

November 17, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Happy When it Rains

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

November 16, 2017

What Happened When Trump Came to Japan

Trump’s Asia tour was all about sending a message: in this case, a saber instead of an olive branch, but there was plenty of unavoidable (and unfortunate) comedic relief along the way, too.

Incident apartments
November 15, 2017

Suicide Squad: Reasonable Rent and Apartment ‘Incidents’

One of the cheapest ways to rent new digs in Japan is to look for “incident” apartments. Gaijinpot presents a guide to these pads and the benefits — or horrors — that await.

November 14, 2017

Your Level Best: What Year of English Study Should You Be Teaching in Japan?

What kind of English teacher are you at the core and what school grade matches your style?

Great Japanese Writers Hiromi Kawakami
November 13, 2017

Great Japanese Writers: Hiromi Kawakami

It seems there is always a need in the market for a quirky, left-field Japanese novelist, and with the decline…

November 13, 2017

This Week in Japan Nov. 13-19, 2017

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

English conversation class
November 11, 2017

5 Ways to Energize Your English Teaching in Japan as Winter Approaches

With the novelty of the new school term wearing off, the weather turning chilly and the year starting to wind…

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