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August 17, 2018

5 of the Coolest Studio Ghibli Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Travel to real-life places in Japan where scenes from Studio Ghibli’s animated films spring to life.

August 16, 2018

Let’s Eat! 5 Scary Japanese Foods and Why You Should Try Them

To experience the pleasure, you must also brave the pain of Japan’s complex culinary underworld.

August 15, 2018

Beyond Air Conditioners: A Pro’s Guide to Keeping Cool this Summer

With a hot and humid summer already in full swing, it’s time to take some cool precautions. GaijinPot looks at “Cool Japan” from the air conditioner to other, more esoteric, devices.

August 14, 2018

Building Bridges as an ALT with Your School’s Board of Education

Bureaucrats everywhere aren’t always that easy to deal with, but here are three handy tips to help you do just that where you teach in Japan.

August 10, 2018

A Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

In honor of this year’s Mountain Day, how about taking on Japan’s most iconic peak?

August 8, 2018

Black Flag: How to Avoid Working for a Shady Japanese Company

It’s important to draw the line between working hard and being deviously overworked by a company that may want to bend the rules by manipulating new or junior employees. Here are some tips.

August 7, 2018

Wet Hot Japanese Summer: Keeping Cool in the Classroom

How can we deliver engaging, informative lessons that students will retain, when neither they — nor you — want to be in a sweltering classroom with no AC?

August 3, 2018

JP Smart Wi-Fi: The Pocket Wi-Fi Helping Foreigners Connect On and Offline

If you’re planning a long visit or looking to study abroad in Japan, JP Smart Wi-Fi has totally got you.

August 2, 2018

Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 1/3: What Is It and How Does It Work?

A pension explanation that won’t leave your head spinning.

August 1, 2018

4 Cold Ramen Dishes for the Sweltering Japanese Summer

Bowls of Japan’s famous noodle-based soup don’t always have to be served scalding hot. There are several chilled variations that can be enjoyed in the notoriously hot Japanese summer months.

July 31, 2018

Omiyage: How to Fit Right in at Work when Giving Japanese-style Gifts and Souvenirs

Japan’s gifting culture is impressive, but it can create some confusion for those unfamiliar with the concept.

July 28, 2018

Japanese Words Made for Earthquakes and Other Disasters

Following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that recently hit Kansai, the floods and landslide in western Japan and the current nationwide heatwave, it’s time to look at some words for these terrifying natural occurrences.

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