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.
Understanding some old and new terms and ideas related to “going out” in Japan.
Whether it’s students, coworkers, children or the person serving you, it’s worth knowing how to call out misbehavior.
Promoted English teachers will need to master some tricky Japanese phrases to lead the class.
Regional differences in spoken Japanese are vast but here are the five key places they vary.
A look at different kanji characters with similar meanings and pronunciations and how to tell them apart.
Using human anatomy to illustrate fascinating similarities and differences between English and Japanese.
A handy list of some similar sounding and oft-confused Japanese terms.
A primer on the ghastly creatures you may encounter in the wild this Halloween season.
A comprehensive list of dance schools to check out across the country.
The terrifying demons of Japanese lore are a surprisingly rich source of proverbs. GaijinPot investigates how to “say it with ogres."
Kanji is fascinating when it's used in strange or unusual ways. GaijinPot looks at how the history of kanji may be even more interesting than you thought.