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Erika Van 't Veld

Erika left her corporate America job in October 2017 to go backpacking around the world. After almost two years and 24 countries, she has settled down (for now!) in Tokyo, Japan. In Tokyo, you'll find her planning her next trekking adventure, eating every vegetarian meal available, and wandering around the neon shopping streets.

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Culture

5 Books to Better Understand Japanese Work Culture

Dive into the Japanese corporate machine and the undying devotion that some employees have for their jobs. 

By 5 min read

Live

Japanese Recipe Adventures: Gyoza

The best dumplings are these Japanese GaijinPotstickers!

By 4 min read

Culture

6 Japanese Crime Novels To Get Your Heart Racing

Was it suicide or murder? Accident or arson? Add these novels to your summer reading list to find out.

By 4 min read

Work

How to Get an IT Job in Japan, Tips From Hiring Managers

Ace your interview and excel in Japan’s competitive IT job market with this expert advice.

By 7 min read

Work

GaijinPot Survey Shows 55% of Readers Prefer Working from Home vs. at the Office

Not having to commute to work is pretty awesome, but many readers struggle with staying motivated while at home.

By 6 min read

Work

8 Side Jobs for Foreigners to Make Extra Money in Japan

Japan is reeling from COVID-19. To help you find extra work while we wait for this to blow over, here are the best side jobs for foreign workers.

By 6 min read

Culture

10 Ways to Experience Japan From Home

Immerse yourself in everything Japanese while quarantined with movies, whisky, and Japan wanderlust photos.

By 7 min read

Culture

7 Terrifying Japanese Urban Legends That Are Based on True Stories

From human sacrifices to abandoned villages, these real Japanese legends give us the creeps.

By 7 min read

Culture

7 Scariest Japanese Ghosts and Ghouls to Haunt Your Dreams

We hope you don’t run into any of these yurei and yokai this Halloween.

By 6 min read

Live

Tapioca Land Opens in Tokyo, Is A Total Dud

"It's on the same level as a school festival," said one disappointed visitor.

By 3 min read