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July 13, 2017

Laundry Day: Mastering Your Washing Machine

When you first arrive in Japan, some of the biggest challenges can be the simplest things — like doing laundry. Gaijinpot guides you all the way from starting your washing machine to its advanced features.

June 29, 2017

The Terminal: Airport Japanese

When knowing certain Japanese air travel terms may be the difference between catching or missing your flight, it’s worth spending some time to master airport vocabulary before your trip.

June 15, 2017

Inside Job: Talking about The Intricacies of Investing in Japanese

Talking about investing in Japanese can be intimidating however with salaries constantly fluctuating, long-term stayers will want to familiarize themselves with some of the words and concepts.

May 27, 2017

Splish Splash: How to Use a Modern Japanese Bath

Rub dub you can finally relax in the tub with our handy guide to the high-tech water controller in your shower room.

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.

love in Japanese
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.

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