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November 3, 2017

Bad ALT! The Unwritten Rules at Japanese Schools

“Dame yo!” How many times does my face need to burn with embarrassment until I stop breaking rules at my school?

November 2, 2017

7 Onsen in Kanto Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

No towel, no problem. Catch this traditional Japanese experience of a mixed-gender host spring bath before it slips away…

November 2, 2017

Huber: Transforming Your Japan Travel Experience

This game-changing startup connects tourists to locals eager to guide foreigners around Japan with customized tours.

November 1, 2017

What’s Up with School Culture Festivals in Japan?

It’s a culture festival, but in another very real way, it’s also the blood, sweat and tears of your students… It’s bunkasai!

October 31, 2017

The Secret Life of Wasp Hunters in Japan

Wasp hunting in central Japan is not your average hobby, but locals here love it. Check out our crash course in wasp hunting and an introduction to the Nov. 3 edible wasp festival!

October 30, 2017

This Week in Japan Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Every week we post our picks for upcoming events in Japan.

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October 30, 2017

4 Things this Hybrid Hostel-Hotel in Tokyo Gets Exactly Right

Hotel Uno Ueno is the latest in Tokyo’s hybrid accommodations that combine the affordability and sociability of a hostel with the upgraded design and amenities of a hotel.

October 27, 2017

Nightmare on the Dotonbori: Top Halloween Spots in Kansai

Here are five spooktastic spots for to get your monster mash on this Halloween in Osaka.

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 26, 2017

Fall Foods in Japan: Where to Find Them and How to Cook Them

These 10 versatile ingredients will effortlessly bring the feel of Japan’s hearty autumn to your table.

October 25, 2017

Election Dissection: What Happened When Japan Went to the Polls

Now that the election vans have stopped blaring candidate’s names, the ballots have been cast and the results are in — what can Japan expect from a resurgent Shinzo Abe and his cronies?

October 24, 2017

5 Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch, Part 2

When it comes to unsettling, chilling and often gruesome films, nothing quite matches the visceral nature of Japanese horror.

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