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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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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.

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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.

By 4 min read

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.

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How to Save Money While Traveling Around Japan

Simple ways to reduce travel costs using cards and points schemes.

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5 More Things in Japan Gone for Good

GaijinPot looks at some of the biggest events in Japan that have disappeared.

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Christmas Eve Boyfriend: Unique Japanese Words and Phrases for The Holidays

Looking at the unique ideas Japanese people use for Christmas reveals a lot about the differences between Japanese Christmas and its Western equivalent. 

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5 Things to Know About Traveling to Japan in 2022 and Beyond

With Japan finally opening up, Gaijinpot explains what this means for visitors.

By 4 min read

Culture

5 Kid-Friendly Ghosts for Halloween Activities in Japan

Halloween in Japan doesn't have to be scary. We delve into the world of Japanese monsters to look for kid-friendly, uniquely Japanese thrills and activities for parents and teachers.

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Culture

Harvest Horrors: 5 Japanese Ghosts to Fear in Fall

The harvest season in Japan is associated with a mixture of horrific and helpful yokai spirits.

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Live

5 Things That will be More Expensive in Japan in 2022

While it may seem that the summer price increases are a temporary thing, they are actually part of a larger pattern

By 4 min read