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August 10, 2018

A Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

In honor of this year’s Mountain Day, how about taking on Japan’s most iconic peak?

August 8, 2018

Black Flag: How to Avoid Working for a Shady Japanese Company

It’s important to draw the line between working hard and being deviously overworked by a company that may want to bend the rules by manipulating new or junior employees. Here are some tips.

August 7, 2018

Wet Hot Japanese Summer: Keeping Cool in the Classroom

How can we deliver engaging, informative lessons that students will retain, when neither they — nor you — want to be in a sweltering classroom with no AC?

August 3, 2018

JP Smart Wi-Fi: The Pocket Wi-Fi Helping Foreigners Connect On and Offline

If you’re planning a long visit or looking to study abroad in Japan, JP Smart Wi-Fi has totally got you.

August 2, 2018

Understanding the Japan Pension System, Pt. 1: What Is It and How Does It Work?

A pension explanation that won’t leave your head spinning.

August 1, 2018

4 Cold Ramen Dishes for the Sweltering Japanese Summer

Bowls of Japan’s famous noodle-based soup don’t always have to be served scalding hot. There are several chilled variations that can be enjoyed in the notoriously hot Japanese summer months.

July 31, 2018

Omiyage: How to Fit Right in at Work when Giving Japanese-style Gifts and Souvenirs

Japan’s gifting culture is impressive, but it can create some confusion for those unfamiliar with the concept.

July 28, 2018

Japanese Words Made for Earthquakes and Other Disasters

Following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that recently hit Kansai, the floods and landslide in western Japan and the current nationwide heatwave, it’s time to look at some words for these terrifying natural occurrences.

July 27, 2018

5 of the Best Places For Craft Beer in Tokyo

Tap into a new drinking experience with a few of the best spots in the city for craft beer.

July 26, 2018

All About Ocha: The Wonderful World of Japanese Tea

Whether you drink it hot, cold, bagged, powdered, loose leaf, in jeans or in a kimono — green tea is inextricably linked with Japanese culture. From “matcha” to “houjicha,” here’s our guide to enjoying the many different styles.

July 25, 2018

Forward Together: 5 Ways to Build Bridges Between Teachers and Dispatch Companies

Sometimes, simple steps can make a big difference — like these ideas for helping ALTs and dispatch companies in Japan reach more mutually beneficial relationships.

July 24, 2018

Teaching Japanese Kindergartners: 4 Reasons It’s Not as Scary as You Think

While most people first start looking for English teaching jobs in Japan that cater to adults and older teens, teaching young children has its benefits, too.

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