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Tama Seseri
January 1, 2018

This Week in Japan Jan. 1-7, 2018

Every week we post our picks for upcoming events in Japan. If you would like your event listed here, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

December 30, 2017

Change Your Luck for the Better with the Power of Omamori

Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome the new year with a Japanese charm from a temple or shrine to ward off evil, bring sexual health or wish for traffic safety, victory and more!

Diamond Fuji
December 29, 2017

5 Recommended Places to See the First Sunrise of 2018 in Japan

While there are many different New Year’s traditions to follow in Japan, one of our personal favorites is “hatsuhinode,” or viewing the first sunrise of the New Year.

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 27, 2017

Japan 101: Tips and Tricks to Get You Through the Winter

Winter has finally come. The ways Japanese people deal with winter may leave you puzzled but while here — take advantage of the many inventions this country has to combat the cold.

December 26, 2017

9 Onsen in Kansai Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Complete your Kansai trip with a traditional touch: bathing in a mixed gender onsen!

December 25, 2017

This Week in Japan Dec. 25-31, 2017

Every week we post our picks for upcoming events in Japan. If you would like your event listed here, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

December 22, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Paint it Black

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village.

Gift giving
December 22, 2017

Present Tense: Grammatically Correct Japanese Gift Giving

With the season of giving upon us, GaijinPot presents a guide to the different words for delivering presents.

December 21, 2017

A Foreigner’s Guide to Marriage in Japan

So, you’ve met the man or woman of your dreams and the two finally decided to make it official. Here’s a quick how-to for the paperwork and procedures needed to ensure love will indeed prevail in Japan.

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 19, 2017

At 40, ‘Star Wars’ and its Relationship with Japan Only Deepens

A free “Star Wars” exhibition opens this week in Tokyo to celebrate the saga’s latest episode while the franchise’s actors and directors open up about their personal connections to Japanese culture.

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