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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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More Essential Items for Your New Apartment in Japan

You just moved into you new apartment—do you have everything you need? Here is a list over what you might need, from oven filters to mold killers and more.

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Explore

Visit The Sites of Japan’s Historic Battles

Visit the decisive battles of the Warring States Period at the sites of its major battles.

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Explore

Foraging in Japan: Where to Look and How to Get Started

Foraging can be a new and rewarding way to experience (and taste) Japan’s wilderness. Here are some of the best places to try it. 

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From Lease to Keys: Buying Your Apartment in Japan

It can seem like a dream to move from renting to owning your own property, however, there are a number of pitfalls awaiting the unwary. 

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Explore

Secret Symbols: Exploring Pentagrams at Seimei Shrine

Why is a temple full of pentagrams near the Kyoto Imperial Palace? GaijinPot shares one of Japan’s most secret symbols. 

By 4 min read

Learn

Decoding Japanese Net-Speak: Unveiling Online Abbreviations

Young Japanese people have mastered reducing complicated Japanese phrases to a couple of Roman letters. From KY to DQN, let's look at some of these online code words.

By 4 min read

Learn

The Many Words for Holiday in Japan

The Japanese have a lot of different words for holidays, GaijinPot investigates some of the most common.

By 3 min read

Learn

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.

By 2 min read

Live

Everything You Need to Know About Being Paid to Leave Tokyo

Families are being paid to leave Tokyo for the Japanese countryside, but there may be several catches.

By 4 min read

Live

Egg-flation, War and The Rising Price of Eggs in Japan

Why are eggs so cheap in Japan? What is causing the price surge? Is bird flu really at fault?

By 4 min read

Culture

The Importance of Rabbits in Japanese Culture

GaijinPot goes down the rabbit hole and looks at five ways the bunny appears in Japanese culture.

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Culture

Shrine Fortunes: The Many Levels of Luck in Japan

While you may think that all luck is the same, many different types of luck are available in Japan.

By 3 min read