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Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions in Japan

A quick guide to help vegans, vegetarians, halal followers and those with dietary restrictions in Japan.

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Shopping Online in Japan

Everything—including groceries—can be purchased online, sometimes at half the regular in-store price.

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Hospital Stays in Japan: What Can You Expect?

You never know when you might have to check into the hospital: here’s what you should know beforehand.

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Japan’s COVID-19 State of Emergency: What You Need to Know

Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo will enter a state of emergency from April 25.

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6 Ways To Find Furniture for Your Japanese Apartment

Need to furnish your new home in Japan? GaijinPot’s how-to guide has the best places to find quality and affordable furniture in Japan.

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Linemo, Ahamo, Povo or Rakuten Un-Limit: Which New Phone Plan is Right for You?

SoftBank, Docomo, Au and Rakuten offer reduced pricing plans.

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Retiring in Japan: What’s the Best Strategy?

Don't sleepwalk into a miserable old age—it's easy to retire in Japan if you prepare well in advance. These are the steps you need to take.

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Is Hanami Actually Fun?

With the sakura season underway, we have to ask: Is hanami all that enjoyable?

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6 Sakura Flavored Sweets in Japan

What cherry blossom-flavored treats does Japan have this year?

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Jiko Bukken: Reasonable Rent and Apartment ‘Incidents’

One of the cheapest ways to rent new digs in Japan is to look for "incident" apartments, but what exactly is an "incident"?

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Persevering through COVID-19: What we Can Learn from Japan’s Cherry Blossoms

Like the temporary nature of the cherry blossom season, this too shall pass.

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10 Years After the Great East Japan Earthquake

The solemn marker of a difficult decade for people and communities affected by the events of March 11, 2011

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