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How to get a student visa in Japan
August 25, 2016

Studying in Japan: How to Get a Student Visa

If you’d like to study in Japan, you’ll need to secure a student visa. Here’s what to do.

Yakisoba recipe
August 24, 2016

How to Make Japanese Festival Foods: Yakisoba

Yakisoba is one of the easiest festival foods to make at home outside of Japan. Try this quick recipe for a taste of Japanese matsuri, wherever you are in the world.

Students at Ueno Park in Tokyo
August 23, 2016

Back to School: Getting Your Students Back into English Mode

The first few classes after students’ return from summer break present some unique challenges to teachers — like rusty students. Here are some tips for refreshing their English skills and getting them back in the groove.

August 22, 2016

This Week in Tokyo For Aug. 22 – 28, 2016

Every Monday we post our picks of upcoming events in Tokyo. If you would like your event listed here, contact

Photos from the Nagahama ALT visit to Nagahama Elementary
August 20, 2016

Instructor or ALT? 6 Things to Consider

First-time teachers to Japan usually end up in one of two teaching streams. Here are some points to ponder before choosing the eikawa or ALT route.

Sunrise at the top of Mount Fuji with a silhouette of people
August 19, 2016

Why Do People Climb Mount Fuji?

What are the reasons people climb Japan’s iconic mountain? To check it off the bucket list? To conquer their fear? Or simply “cause it’s there”? One Fuji-novice shares her experience, and offers some tips for first-timers.

A cartoon of the 10 types of men in Japan
August 18, 2016

Ten Types of Men You’ll Meet in Japan

Hunting for the right Japanese guy? Here’s a guide to ten different species that you might meet in the wild while on your dating adventures.

August 17, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions When Incorporating a Company in Japan

Escaping the 9-5 (or later in Japan) and starting your own business is a dream held by many, but where…

August 16, 2016

Train Station Lingo

Find yourself getting lost in train stations in Japan? Time to get aboard this essential vocabulary.

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August 15, 2016

This Week in Tokyo For Aug. 15 – 21, 2016

Every Monday we post our picks of upcoming events in Tokyo. If you would like your event listed here, contact

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August 15, 2016

Journey to Japan 12: Switching to a Work Visa

Making the transition from a Japanese working holiday visa to a valid work permit is possible — and can be more straightforward than you might expect.

A blackboard in a Japanese school filled with farewell messages.
August 13, 2016

Leaving Japan: An ALT’s Sayonara

An ALT says goodbye to a life she built in Japan without knowing it.

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