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April 15, 2015

Famous for Being Famous in Japan

Being famous for being famous has got to be the easiest job in the world.

April 9, 2015

Japanese Politeness: More than just saying “Thank You”

Are the Japanese polite or just cordial for the sake of keeping the harmony?

April 1, 2015

Help! There’s Underwear On My Balcony!

What’s the procedure for returning someone’s underwear?

March 25, 2015

Downplaying Your Foreign Language Ability

When they stop telling you your Japanese is good, then you know it’s good.

March 17, 2015

My First Time Teaching English in Japan

Your first time teaching English in Japan usually involves a lot of blood, sweat and pantomime.

March 7, 2015

Surprisingly Expensive Things in Japan

Is Japan really as expensive as many people believe?

February 26, 2015

The Terrifying World of Japanese Horror Movies

Japanese horror movies are a special kind of freaky!

February 21, 2015

Japan’s Curious ‘Omiyage’ Culture

Next time you’re going on a trip, don’t forget to pick up that ‘perfect’ omiyage!

February 11, 2015

12 Things I Love about Living in Japan

It’s not perfect but it’s home.

February 4, 2015

The Stigma Against Teaching English in Japan

Are bad English teachers ruining it for everyone else?

January 26, 2015

Misplaced Stereotypes Can Ruin Your Trip To Japan

You probably won’t find a weird vending machine or professional geisha, roaming the streets of Tokyo.

January 20, 2015

When Respectful Japanese Isn’t Respectful

There are five forms of keigo but none of them will help me get my package delivered.

December 31, 2014

Getting Lucky with Fukubukuro on New Years

You never know what you’re going to get from your Fukubukuro.

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