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July 18, 2017

Smartphones in Japan: How To Buy, Unlock and Change Plans

Japanese mobile service is notoriously convoluted — here’s what to do if you plan to bring a phone over from home and sort yourself out with a new one while you’re here.

July 11, 2017

Killer or Creepy? 5 Japanese Bugs To Avoid This Summer

From killers to just creepers, here are five bugs you might encounter this summer in Japan — and ways to avoid inviting them into your home.

July 4, 2017

5 Apps to Make Your Life in Japan Easier

From finding the best restaurants and directions to getting early earthquake warnings, these mobile apps can help make life in Japan that much easier.

June 27, 2017

A Guide To Summer Barbecues In Kansai

From cozy to all-inclusive, here are the three types of barbecues you’ll have in Japan. Plus four spots in Kansai to partake in them.

June 20, 2017

The Inside Track on Autumn ALT Job Recruitment

There are key differences to hiring ALTs for September compared to the hiring process for the beginning of the Japanese school year in April.

June 13, 2017

Breaking the Mold: Can You Teach English in Japan as a Non-Native Speaker?

I’m not a native speaker, but can I still teach English in Japan?

June 6, 2017

3 Tips to Slim Down and Get Fit in Japan this Summer

As the temperatures rise and the air conditioning falls, this season presents plenty of inspiration to get in shape — here’s how to tackle it naturally.

May 30, 2017

6 Things to Do in Osaka This Summer

In a metropolitan area as diverse as Osaka, there’s plenty to see and do during those hot summer nights.

May 23, 2017

Beating the Bullies: Tackling ijime in Japan

The Japanese call it “ijime,” but you and I know it more commonly as “bullying.”

May 17, 2017

When Good English Classes Go Bad

Everyone has their favorite classes, and likewise everyone probably has those one or two classrooms that they dread stepping into each week.

Senpai Kohai System
May 10, 2017

Experiencing Japan’s Senpai-Kouhai System at Work

What are some of the ways that the Japanese system of “sempai and kohai” manifests itself during working life in Japan? One ALT shares his experience.

Teaching in Japan
May 3, 2017

Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide Part 2

Part 2 of our guide to landing that teaching job in Japan.

Applying to teach in Japan from overseas
April 25, 2017

Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide

Thinking about coming to Japan to teach? This guide offers a basic overview of the application process along with useful resources for more info.

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