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Mt Misen
January 18, 2018

Japan Wanderlust: 6 Amazing Mountains to Climb Under 1,000 Meters

If you’ve got your sights set on climbing Mt. Fuji but aren’t sure where to start, check out these six stunning peaks that even beginners can conquer.

January 17, 2018

The Smartest Answer Isn’t Always the Best One: 5 Tips for ALT Interviews

It’s that time again for English teachers in Japan: meeting with new companies, schools and boards of education to secure a new contract. These five tips can help.

January 16, 2018

A Guide To the Best ‘Lost in Translation’ Spots in Tokyo

With the film in its 15th anniversary year, you can still find many of the real-life locations it portrayed in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Kyoto.

January 15, 2018

This Week In Japan Jan. 15-21, 2018

Every Monday we serve top picks for this week’s events in Japan. To list your event, contact the editor of GaijinPot. This week: food fests, modern art, music and dance top the agenda.

January 11, 2018

When is New Year’s in Japan Really Over?

Ringing in the new and tossing out the slightly old prompts an age-old question, one similar to Christmas trees in the West: when should you take your Shogatsu decorations down?

January 10, 2018

New Year, New Books: Japanese Literature for 2018

This series tends to look back at Japanese literature that is already available in translation but seeing as this is…

January 10, 2018

Dharma Tongues: How Buddha Shaped the Japanese Language

Since Buddhism played an important role in creating Japanese culture, GaijinPot presents a primer on some of the ways that its influence has also changed the language itself.

January 8, 2018

This Week in Japan Jan. 8-14, 2018

Every week we post our picks for upcoming events in Japan. If you would like your event listed here, contact the editors at GaijinPot.

Combatting loneliness in Japan
January 5, 2018

Only the Lonely: 5 Ways Teachers Can Beat the Winter Blues in Japan

Winter in rural areas of Japan can feel cold, isolating and gloomy — especially to new ALTs — but you’re not alone. Here are five ways to slam dunk the funk without going into hibernation

January 4, 2018

4 Tips to Level-Up Your Japanese in the New Year

Resolved to improve your Japanese in the new year? These tips from our resident GaijinPot Study guru can help!

106 South Indian
January 3, 2018

Vegan in Japan: 4 Veg-Friendly Eateries in Fukuoka

Check out these great Fukuoka restaurants in part two of our plant-based tour of Japan!

Emoji Japan
January 2, 2018

A Year in Japan Through Emoji

What emojis like 🎍, 👹  and 🎏  actually mean, how to partake in Japanese holidays and celebrations using them, plus some go-to Japanese phrases to top it all off.

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