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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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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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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Party Line: Having a Good Time with Your Japanese

Your first drinking party may seem intimidating, but it is also a great chance to have some fun with your Japanese.

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The Rainbow Bridge

With LGBTQ issues becoming an increasingly important part of Japan’s modern identity, GaijinPot looks at some of the words associated with the community.

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You’ve Got Mail: Surprising Japanese Netspeak Verbs

Email Japanese uses a lot of special verbs in unique and interesting ways. Gaijinpot investigates some of the unusual ones typically found in Japanese internet terms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tomogashima: A Trip Worth Taking

Across rough seas and aboard decaying ships, the islands of Tomogashima are a unique — if challenging — visit.

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