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Spartan Race Japan
September 20, 2017

6 Things to Know About the Spartan Race Japan

The second Spartan Race to be held in Japan is happening in October and there are still spots available. Are you up for it?

September 19, 2017

To Be a Better ALT, Start Bonding with other Teachers

Don’t underestimate the power of relationship building when it comes to strengthening your bonds — and thus the quality of your classes — with your Japanese teachers of English.

Docomo Wifi for Visitors
September 9, 2017

10 Best Photos Submitted So Far For Our Wi-Fi Giveaway

GaijinPot is collaborating with Japan’s leading Wi-Fi provider to offer free individual internet access to tourists in a month-long Instagram contest! Here are some of the best entries so far.

September 4, 2017

Celebrate the Differences: Use Events as Extra Lesson Material

Are you running out of ideas for your ALT lessons? Or do you need a little break from the mundane teaching schedule? This is the perfect time to introduce your culture to your students.

Millennials Kyoto
August 31, 2017

This Hi-Tech Pod Hotel in Kyoto Is Changing the Way We Work

And it’s not just because of the free beer.

August 17, 2017

Preppers: 3 Tips for ALTs to Make the Most of Summer

Don’t just sit at your desk. Summer is a relaxing break, but it’s also a chance to level-up your ALT skills.

August 16, 2017

5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Smartphone in Japan

Hello, can you hear me? I’m in Japan dreaming about who I could be — if I had the most stress-free phone plan in all the land. Adele lyrics aside, here are some of the best plans for foreigners looking for quick, easy and relatively cheap data services.

August 4, 2017

Stand and Deliver: 6 Tips for Creating ALT Lesson Plans

Generally, ALT lessons follow a certain structure, so learning the basic lesson plan should make your life easier when preparing for classes — in advance or on-the-fly.

August 3, 2017

Story Hunter: Universal Messages Drawn without Words

A new “silent” manga contest is looking for the next great talent — and an editor to guide them.

Alata by Alternative Theatre Lead
August 1, 2017

Alata: 5 Reasons to See this Crazy New Samurai Action Musical

How does that phrase go? Only in Japan.

July 20, 2017

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan, Part 2

Each public school in Japan has its own unique routines with students and expectations of teachers. If you’re new to teaching in a Japanese school, learning these idiosyncrasies on the first day can make the rest of the term a breeze.

July 5, 2017

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan

Don’t forget those indoor shoes! An ALT’s first steps into their new school are some of the most important. Here’s how to make a great first impression.

Things to do in Suginami (Koenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo, Nishi-Ogikubo), Tokyo
June 30, 2017

24 Hours in Suginami Tokyo

Only have one day to spare in Tokyo? Experience the city like a local with this immersive itinerary for Suginami Ward — and prepare to forget everything you thought you knew about Japan.

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