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Sakunami Onsen
April 11, 2018

Fall Off the Beaten Path: A Weekend Getaway to Sakunami Onsen

No one’s heard of this misty mountain retreat just west of Sendai — and that’s what makes it so special.

Tokyo Star Bank
April 10, 2018

Win ¥1,000,000 to Help Grow Your Business in Japan

Tokyo Star Bank is giving foreign entrepreneurs a rare opportunity to connect with local investors and win a grand prize of ¥1,000,000 in a brand new contest.

March 22, 2018

Good Morning! This School Ritual Could Be the Key to a Great Day

Schools in Japan have many customs but the first energetic greeting of students in morning can set the tone for your students — and you!

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March 20, 2018

Getting a Mobile Phone in Japan: Your FAQs Answered

Welcome to our ultimate guide for foreign residents on setting up a mobile phone in Japan in partnership with Sakura Mobile.

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March 8, 2018

JP Smart SIM: A clever way for foreigners to set up their phone in Japan

All you need is an unlocked phone, your passport and WiFi to make a contract through JP Smart SIM — a mobile service designed by and for foreign residents.

March 7, 2018

ALTs and Their Utility Belts: 3 Practical Tools for the Classroom

Things will go wrong in an English class, but if you plan ahead for possible hiccups you will rarely be caught by surprise!

Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy
February 24, 2018

Make a Career of Translating your Favorite Japanese Manga, Movies, TV and more with JVTA

Ever dreamed of making a living in subtitle and voice over translations for Japanese manga, movies, TV shows and other visual media? This translation course, ideal for foreign students, makes that a possibility.

February 22, 2018

Assistant Language Teachers in Japan Should Rise Above the Acronym

While an ALT is a perfectly adequate assistant in the classroom, the SALT takes it one step further.

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February 17, 2018

5 Reasons Why Hotel Graphy Nezu is the Coolest Hotel in Tokyo

This social apartment turned social hotel lends guests smartphones, runs events with local creatives and has an Instagram feed to live for.

February 7, 2018

4 Struggles of an ALT in Japan and How to Overcome Them

As an ALT you must be adaptable. You are a guest within a school and you’re there to help.

February 3, 2018

For Tokyo’s Best Budget Accommodation Sakura Hotel & Hostel Wins Every Time

Six things that set this pioneer of foreigner-friendly accommodation apart from the rest.

25 Things to Do in Yokohama
February 1, 2018

25 Things to Do in Yokohama

There’s plenty of things to do in Yokohama: a city by the beach with a western mind, a Japanese heart and an international soul. Here’s 25 ideas to get you started.

December 6, 2017

How to Navigate Lessons with a Special Needs Class

Teaching any type of English class in Japan can have its challenges, but special needs students offer unique, one-on-one situations to help you grow as a teacher — and a person.

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