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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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How to Bargain in Japanese

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

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How to Make Small Talk in Japanese

“Atsui desu ne” and other phrases to help you fill an awkward silence in Japan.

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Japanese Words for Weddings

Here comes the 嫁.

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Sweat the Small Stuff: 5 Tips for Passing the JLPT

Don’t be a stressed mess, learn how to pass your next JLTP with flying colors.

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Japanese Words To Describe Food Textures

Ever heard the words カリカリ, さくさく or モチモチ around Japanese food?

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Reiwa: A ‘Beautiful Harmony’ of Japanese Words Old and New

The new era is an opportunity to learn about majestic words both common and obscure.

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Emoji Nation: Peculiar Emoticons You’ll Find in Japan

Have these confusing Japanese emojis ever made you 💢 ?

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Politically Indirect: Using More Inclusive Japanese Words

Political correctness isn’t limited to the West so pay attention to these Japanese words.

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Apartment Hunter: Words for Your Quest to Move in Japan

Arm yourself with this useful Japanese when battling for the perfect new digs this spring.

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Words for Spring Cleaning in Japan

GaijinPot looks at Japanese words for the life changing — and enlightening — magic of tidying up.

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Breaking Up: Japanese Words for an Anti-Valentine’s Day

What if the object of your affection chose not to be your Valentine? What to say when the relationship is over.

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Going Steady: Committing to Japanese Dating Words

Understanding some old and new terms and ideas related to “going out” in Japan.

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