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Matthew Coslett

After his 6 month stay got extended to 6 years, Matthew decided just to stay. As well as writing about his beloved Kansai, he spends hours in the middle of nowhere looking for wildlife and searching for the parts of the city most people ignore.

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Buying Hay Fever Medication in Japan

Achoo! Hay fever season is back with a vengeance. Get rid of your sniffles with this seasonal vocabulary.

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Using the ATM in Japan

Bank better have my money.

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プレイボーイ and Other Japanese Words for Naughty Dating Behavior

If your Valentine's Day date says you’re しつこい, it means they just aren’t into you. Let it go!

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How to Talk About the Future in Japanese

In Japanese, the future is now.

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Advanced Japanese Words for Giving

Level up with these tricky forms during the most generous time of the year.

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Unusual Katakana and Their Origins

Did you know that ノルマ actually means "quota" and not the name of your mate's grandma?

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5 Weirdest Names for Japanese Food

Would you like extra soy sauce with your dancing zombie octopus?

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Baby Names That Work in Japanese and English

Hi! My name is. What? My name is. Who? My name is...

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Spot the Kanji for Good and Evil in Everyday Japanese

良 and 悪 are really useful characters. Here's where to watch out for them day-to-day.

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Useful Japanese Halloween Vocabulary

Learn these words to help you identify some of the costumed characters you might encounter this Halloween.

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Common Japanese Phrases To Help You Study JLPT N2 and N3 Grammar

Master advanced Japanese grammar by listening out for these phrases on the daily.

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How to Ask for Time Off in Japanese

It can be a tricky business asking for time off in a Japanese workplace. Try these useful phrases.

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