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Kills, Thrills, Love and Loss: New Titles from Japan Make Great Summer Reads

Intriguing titles and exclusive adventures all from Japan and all in your hands with this year’s GaijinPot summer reading list.

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Is It Coffee or Tea? What You Need to Know About Japan’s New ‘Tea Coffee’ Drink

This new hybrid drink released in Japan last week hints at the fact that we might be missing something in our lives, so we had to find out more.

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LGBT in Japan: Yes, it Gets Better!

Being queer in Japan hasn’t always been easy, but I want to be one of many voices that says it gets better.

By 4 min read

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Gachapon: Japan’s Irresistible Capsule Toys You Never Knew You Needed

How to get your hands on these cute and strange pieces of Japanese pop culture.

By 5 min read

Culture

Hafu2Hafu Project Creator Answers Questions on Half-Japanese Identity

Gaijin across the board have strong opinions about the word “hafu,” but do they have enough perspective to comment so fervently about it?

By 8 min read

Culture

Japan’s Schools Are In Total Denial Over Diversity

The term “hafu” in Japan means being half-Japanese. With increasing diversity in Japan’s classrooms, the Hafu2Hafu project is a way to educate students (and ourselves) about cultural identity.

By 7 min read

Culture

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.

By 7 min read

Culture

What’s Up with School Culture Festivals in Japan?

It's a culture festival, but in another very real way, it's also the blood, sweat and tears of your students... It's bunkasai!

By 6 min read

Culture

5 Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch, Part 2

When it comes to unsettling, chilling and often gruesome films, nothing quite matches the visceral nature of Japanese horror.

By 5 min read

Culture

An Introduction to: Classical Japanese Literature

Stories written by those monks could out-weird even the strangest Murakami dream sequence.

By 5 min read

Culture

An Introduction to: Kabuki

Kabuki, Noh, Bunraku, Rakugo, Ukiyo-e and the Tale of Genji - maybe you've heard of these but have no clue what they are? Our new "Introduction to" series breaks down the best of Japan's traditional arts and culture, and shows how you can experience it for yourself.

By 5 min read