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Credit Cards in Japan
March 29, 2018

Get it on Credit: Shopping Hard with your Charge Card

Here are some details about the information on your Japanese bank card to help you have a better online shopping experience.

Katakana
March 21, 2018

The Roots: Obscure Origins of Unusual Katakana

Learners may know of “wasei eigo” (English words coined in Japan), but there is another weird subcategory of katakana terms: those whose meaning has been utterly altered from the original form.

March 1, 2018

The Ties That Bind: Fate and Love in Japanese

If a partner “has you wrapped around their little finger,” it may not be such a bad thing. When it comes to love in Japanese, this a sign of destiny!

Love
February 8, 2018

What’s in a Name? Love By Any Other Word is Still as Sweet

While the feeling of love and romance is something that is impossible to describe, Japanese has a lot of words that try to capture its essence.

January 31, 2018

Landing in Japan: Moving Sleekly through Arrival, Immigration and Customs Procedures

You’ve just got off the plane, you’re jet-lagged and want to get to your bed as quickly as possible. For you weary travelers, Gaijinpot presents a guide to getting through passport control and customs as smoothly as possible.

January 10, 2018

Dharma Tongues: How Buddha Shaped the Japanese Language

Since Buddhism played an important role in creating Japanese culture, GaijinPot presents a primer on some of the ways that its influence has also changed the language itself.

Gift giving
December 22, 2017

Present Tense: Grammatically Correct Japanese Gift Giving

With the season of giving upon us, GaijinPot presents a guide to the different words for delivering presents.

December 12, 2017

Losing My Religion: Using the Words of Worship in Japanese

Gaijinpot discovers that talking about religion is even more complicated than expected.

November 28, 2017

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Japanese Terms for Rudeness (and Worse)

Navigating the world of Japanese etiquette can be tricky without knowing some of the words that are associated with good and bad manners in Japan.

November 15, 2017

Suicide Squad: Reasonable Rent and Apartment ‘Incidents’

One of the cheapest ways to rent new digs in Japan is to look for “incident” apartments. Gaijinpot presents a guide to these pads and the benefits — or horrors — that await.

October 16, 2017

Cape Fear: Japanese Phrases for Fright

Japanese has many words for fear. By learning them, learners can gain a greater understanding of what makes this nation tick.

September 27, 2017

‘Koto’: The Easiest and Trickiest Grammar Point in Japanese

Mastering the use of こと and の can be a challenge for beginners and advanced students alike.

September 15, 2017

Whatcha Gonna Do: Japanese Words for The War on Bugs

If you’re losing the war on bugs in your apartment, Gaijinpot provides you with the weapons to turn the tide in your next battle.

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