The term “hafu” in Japan means being half-Japanese. With increasing diversity in Japan’s classrooms, the Hafu2Hafu project is a way to educate students (and ourselves) about cultural identity.
By Victoria Vlisides on January 26, 2018
The year 2018 has plenty of opportunity for weekend getaways in Japan. Here’s where and when to go!
By Victoria Vlisides on January 25, 2018
A few surprises and some old favorites in 2017’s most-read travel articles.
By Victoria Vlisides on December 28, 2017
This year, our most popular articles cover pretty much everything we believe the GaijinPot beast to be: all the info you need to navigate a successful life in Japan.
By Victoria Vlisides on December 20, 2017
The responses were hilarious, thoughtful, weird and a little angsty. Vote for your favorite!
By Victoria Vlisides on December 7, 2017
This is what happens when you rent a camper in Japan and unexpectedly drive up a mountain.
By Victoria Vlisides on October 27, 2017
How to transcend this and other negative travel expectations when visiting Japan, plus more than 10 resources for first timers.
By Victoria Vlisides on October 14, 2017
The anti-tourist’s wet dream: Japan — and all its quirky charms — is waiting for you, despite the government’s befuddling missteps at promotion.
By Victoria Vlisides on October 6, 2017
Somewhere in northern Japan, someone is cooking this fruit and making it taste fantastic. That person, though, is not me.
By Victoria Vlisides on September 29, 2017
Going commando at Japan’s natural hot spring baths make taking a dip an other-worldly experience. We answer questions for first-timers and highlight five hot springs for you to get “eau naturale” during your fall and winter travels.
By Victoria Vlisides on September 7, 2017
So, you’ve just flipped your life upside down (in a good way!) and started anew as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in Japan…
By Victoria Vlisides on August 23, 2017
Aug. 11, is a holiday for the sole purpose of giving you time to cozy up to Japan’s mountains. Check out these non-Fuji mountainous destinations that are worth a climb at any time of the year.