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February 13, 2017

Why does Japanese have two kanji for “love”?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, here’s something to add to the romantic confusion: the two different kanji for love.

February 10, 2017

8 Great Snow Festivals to See in Japan

Sapporo might be the big daddy of Japan’s snow festivals but there are plenty of other events across the country that give it a run for its frozen money. Check out these recommendations and get planning!

February 10, 2017

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary with Keisuke Unosawa

How do you go from washing up on a boat to brainstorming in Steve Jobs’ garage to working with MoMA and Virgin? We sat down with designer Keisuke Unosawa to find out.

February 9, 2017

Expectation vs Reality: Google’s New Live Camera Translation

I tried Google Translate’s updated feature and may have uncovered a Japanese conspiracy in the process.

February 7, 2017

10 Cool Spots for Winter-Warming Street Food in Tokyo

Throw off that kotatsu blanket (go on, you can do it) and head outside to explore these Tokyo’s winter-warming street food hot spots.

February 7, 2017

Discover Kichijoji on a Free Guided Tour

Living in Tokyo and eager to explore new parts of the city? Join this free tour to discover highlights of what to see, do and eat in Kichijoji.

February 6, 2017

Ask James: I Don’t Drink but I’ve Been Invited to my First Nomikai

Sometimes there is pressure to drink to excess and let off steam at Japanese office parties. What do you do if you don’t drink — and don’t want to jeopardize your standing at work?

February 6, 2017

This Week in Tokyo for Feb 6-12, 2017

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

February 4, 2017

The Onsen Summit: What Happened When Putin Met Abe?

What happens in the hot spring stays in the hot spring. But here’s what we know.

February 3, 2017

4 Things to Look Out for at the 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival

Headed to the Sapporo Snow Festival next week? Here’s a teaser of what to expect and what you shouldn’t miss.

February 2, 2017

A Guide to Traveling Japan for Cheap with Highway Buses

Japan’s countrywide network of highway buses offers a cheap alternative to train and air travel, with some surprising perks.

February 1, 2017

An Introduction to: Japanese Shrines and Temples

Do you know your Shinto shrine from your Buddhist temple? Why is the five yen coin the luckiest? And what should you do if you get a bad fortune?

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