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Jobs in Japan. Tips for getting your email application read.
January 30, 2018

6 Tips To Start the Post-ALT Job Hunt in Japan

Japan is increasingly looking to hire skilled foreign workers across many job categories. With these six tips, you can set yourself up for meaningful employment outside the English teaching industry.

January 26, 2018

Japan’s Schools Are In Total Denial Over Diversity

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.

January 25, 2018

Travel Inspiration for Japan’s 8 Holiday Weekends in 2018

The year 2018 has plenty of opportunity for weekend getaways in Japan. Here’s where and when to go!

December 28, 2017

GaijinPot’s Top 10 Japan Destinations in 2017

A few surprises and some old favorites in 2017’s most-read travel articles.

December 20, 2017

GaijinPot’s Top 12 Articles for 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.

December 7, 2017

We Asked Readers to Describe Japan in Just 2 words

The responses were hilarious, thoughtful, weird and a little angsty. Vote for your favorite!

October 27, 2017

Ditch the Train! See Japan in a Camper Van

This is what happens when you rent a camper in Japan and unexpectedly drive up a mountain.

October 14, 2017

Japan Wanderlust: You Will Get Lost!

How to transcend this and other negative travel expectations when visiting Japan, plus more than 10 resources for first timers.

October 6, 2017

Japan’s Tourism ‘Fails’ Make it a Perfect Travel Destination

The anti-tourist’s wet dream: Japan — and all its quirky charms — is waiting for you, despite the government’s befuddling missteps at promotion.

September 29, 2017

Autumn Mystery Fruit in Japan: Akebi

Somewhere in northern Japan, someone is cooking this fruit and making it taste fantastic. That person, though, is not me.

September 7, 2017

Japan Wanderlust: The Joy of Getting Naked

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.

August 23, 2017

10 Articles To Make Life Easier for New ALTs in Japan

So, you’ve just flipped your life upside down (in a good way!) and started anew as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in Japan…

August 11, 2017

Japan Wanderlust: 5 Freaking Incredible Mountains to Hike

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.

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