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September 6, 2017

Beyond “Yasumi”: The Sad Disappearance of Silver Week Explained

What’s the difference between “shukujitsu” and “saijitsu” — two types of Japanese holidays — and the surprising reason why we won’t have another extended Silver Week autumn vacation for nine years.

September 5, 2017

5 Things in Japan that I Really Got Used to

Living in Japan for a few years inevitably means you’ll learn to love things that might have otherwise easily annoyed you back home. Here’s what’s grown on me about Japanese culture’s multitude of quirks.

September 4, 2017

Celebrate the Differences: Use Events as Extra Lesson Material

Are you running out of ideas for your ALT lessons? Or do you need a little break from the mundane teaching schedule? This is the perfect time to introduce your culture to your students.

September 4, 2017

This Week in Japan Sep. 4-10, 2017

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

August 31, 2017

Party Line: Having a Good Time with Your Japanese

Your first drinking party may seem intimidating, but it is also a great chance to have some fun with your Japanese.

The Millennials Kyoto Beds
August 31, 2017

This Hi-Tech Pod Hotel in Kyoto Is Changing the Way We Work

And it’s not just because of the free beer.

August 31, 2017

Dyslexia: The Teacher’s Hidden Problem

About 25 percent of school students in Japan may have some form of dyslexia. Here some ways to tell if it could be affecting your English class students and some tips to help.

Tokyo Neighborhoods
August 30, 2017

7 Tokyo Suburbs to Consider for Your Next Move

If you’re thinking about a move to Tokyo, here are some affordable neighborhoods to check out that often fly below the radar — meaning better choices for you!

August 29, 2017

Beyond ‘Oishii’: 10 Tastier Words to Describe Japanese Food

The eskimos may apparently have 1,000 words for snow, but if you watch Japanese TV there seems to be only one (or two) words for “delicious.” Not for you anymore.

August 28, 2017

This Week in Japan Aug. 28-Sep. 3, 2017

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

August 25, 2017

Vegan in Japan: 5 Tips and Tricks for Keeping to a Plant-Based Diet

Visiting (or living) in the land of sushi might seem like a vegan nightmare — but fear not, those on plant-based diets, we have some helpful advice for navigating the fish-filled culinary waters!

August 24, 2017

After Last Train: A Late-Night Konbini Odyssey

What mysteries await in the Japanese convenience store after hours? This is the tale of what happened when curiosity turned into a graveyard shift exploration of retail hallowed ground after missing the last train in Tokyo.

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