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September 18, 2018

5 Netflix and Hulu Shows That are Good to Watch and Great for Learning Japanese

Combine your study time and your chill out time with these five shows that will entertain you and help improve your Japanese.

September 17, 2018

I had a Japanese virtual assistant for a week and here’s what happened

Virtual Assist Japan is the service I didn’t know I needed, until it made my life 100 times better.

The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, the world's oldest hotel, with mountains behind it and staff in kimono ready to greet guests out front.
September 14, 2018

The World’s Oldest Hotel: What It’s Like to Stay at Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan

This historic mountain retreat in Yamanashi is over 1,300 years old and has been run by the same family for 52 generations.

September 13, 2018

Surviving the Enkai: How to Prepare for Japanese Drinking Culture at Work

Whether you love drinking with colleagues or hate it, it’s a necessary part of life in Japan. Here are some tips to get you through your first — or next — work party.

September 12, 2018

Sweat the Small Stuff: 5 Tips for Passing the JLPT

Don’t be a stressed mess, learn how to pass your next level test on your journey up the Japanese language proficiency ladder.

September 11, 2018

5 Tips for Introducing Your Japanese Partner to Your Parents

Dating in Japan can certainly present a variety of challenges, but few can be more challenging than introducing your Japanese partner to your parents for the first time.

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September 8, 2018

Introducing the Japan Employment Success Program

This unique program offers overseas participants assisted entry to Japan as a student, the chance to begin working part-time immediately, plus an introduction to a full-time job with visa sponsorship.

September 7, 2018

Another Roadside Attraction: 3 Random Joys of Japanese Highway Travel

Planning a road trip in Japan? Remember that it’s not just your destination that matters— it really is all about the journey. Here are three elements to consider adding to your next four-wheeled adventure!

September 6, 2018

5 Romance Anime to Fill the Current ‘Your Name’ Void

If you love romance anime and have watched “Kimi No Na Wa” (“Your Name”) more times than you can count, never fear — here are five more titles you can watch to take your breath away!

September 5, 2018

6 Misconceptions about Teaching English at a Japanese University

Teaching at a university or college is the dream job in Japan, right? Well, the reality might be a little different than the expectation.

September 4, 2018

Diversity in the Classroom: 4 Ways to Keep English Lessons Inclusive

The number of foreign and multiracial students in Japan has increased a great deal since I first came to Japan. What can we, as teachers, do to aid inclusion?

September 3, 2018

Harajuku Design Festa Art Village: Where Art Meets Food Meets Friends

Gallery, café and restaurant; this bohemian art village welcomes everyone — students, teachers and professionals alike — to discuss, view and exhibit their work in a beautifully designed Harajuku setting

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