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May 17, 2017

Tomogashima: A Trip Worth Taking

Across rough seas and aboard decaying ships, the islands of Tomogashima are a unique — if challenging — visit.

May 16, 2017

What’s in a Japanese Name?

That who we call “ko” would sound as sweet! A GaijinPot guide to recalling tricky Japanese names and learning some new kanji in the process.

April 26, 2017

How to Speak in Japanese Number Codes

Let’s give a 8888 for this guide to Japanese numbers wordplay. 4649 onegaishimasu!

April 17, 2017

How To Pronounce Japanese Like A Native

Use these techniques to help you sound more like a native when speaking Japanese.

March 22, 2017

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 to help you secure that much-needed holiday.

March 10, 2017

How to Haggle in Japanese

Useful Japanese for negotiating a discount in different situations from shopping to signing an apartment contract.

February 20, 2017

A Guide to Texting in Japanese

Note to self: The poo emoji is not a bad thing.

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February 13, 2017

Why does Japanese have two kanji for “love”?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, here’s something to add to the romantic confusion: the two different kanji for love.

January 30, 2017

Useful Japanese for Getting a Haircut

Learning useful Japanese vocabulary is a small price toupee to get the haircut you want.

January 17, 2017

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions in Japanese

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Gaijinpot presents a guide to making them… in Japanese.

January 1, 2017

Hatsuyume: The First Dream of the Year in Japan

I dreamed a dream of eggplants gone by. Happy New Year everyone!

December 19, 2016

How to Talk About Politics in Japanese

Talking about politics can be tricky in Japanese. Here’s a guide to the recent election in America and some of the words it brought up.

December 12, 2016

A Guide to Japanese Christmas Words

The language of Christmas in Japan reveals some interesting insights into how the season is seen, celebrated and sold here.

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