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Sanja Matsuri Festival in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, JAPAN.
May 12, 2017

Festivals of Japan: Sanja Matsuri

See one of Tokyo’s biggest, best and wildest festivals close up at the Sanja Matsuri.

May 11, 2017

A National Holiday for June

There’s no place like June for the holidays…

Senpai Kohai System
May 10, 2017

Experiencing Japan’s Senpai-Kouhai System at Work

What are some of the ways that the Japanese system of “sempai and kohai” manifests itself during working life in Japan? One ALT shares his experience.

May 9, 2017

10 of the Best Tweets So Far for #Gaijinconfessionfriday

Have you been following #gaijinconfessionfriday?

May 8, 2017

This Week in Japan, May 8-14

Every Monday we serve top picks for this week’s events in Japan. To list your event, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

May 8, 2017

9 Must-Read Books on Japanese History

Whether you’re new to the subject or are looking for more detail on an era or topic, here are nine books to get your Japanese history on.

5 Things to Know About Akie Abe
May 6, 2017

5 Things to Know About Japan’s Fiery First Lady, Akie Abe

We must not look at Akie Abe as just her husband’s wife.

Lego boy and girl riding bikes in park
May 5, 2017

7 Things I Miss About Living in the Japanese Countryside

The grass isn’t always greener — especially if it’s artificial.

5 Keigo Phrases to Make Your Point Politely
May 4, 2017

5 Keigo Phrases to Make Your Point Politely at Work

Mastering these Japanese honorifics can allow you to finesse your way around tricky business situations.

Teaching in Japan
May 3, 2017

Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide Part 2

Part 2 of our guide to landing that teaching job in Japan.

Japanese food map
May 2, 2017

18 Foods You Should Eat in Japan and Where to Find Them

Warning: Do not read this article if hungry.

May 1, 2017

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Saitama

Expect the unexpected with gorgeous scenery, immaculately-preserved history and wonderfully quirky attractions (including Finnish hippopotamuses).

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