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Swearing in Japanese: Why Formal and Informal Speech Is Important

It’s not a word, but the delivery of the language that makes for insulting and derogatory speech.

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Just How Many Seasons Does Japan Really Have?

One writer's experience with Japan's temperamental weather.

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The Coronavirus Situation in Japan

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Japan so far.

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What the Heck is Setsubun?

A deep dive into this delightfully devilish Japanese holiday signaling the coming of spring.

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Japanese New Year Traditions: 10 Ways to Celebrate Like a Local

Put those pajamas on and settle in for a proper o-shogatsu—Japanese style.

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After Thousands of Years in Family Homes, Traditional Japanese Flooring Goes Modern

A contemporary update on classic tatami is finding fans at home in Japan and with interior designers abroad.

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5 Ways to have an Online Halloween in Japan This Year

2020 has been spooky enough, so here's how to have fun and stay safe!

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Drag Shows You Can Watch Online from Japan

Still stuck at home? Climb out of the closet and tune into these fabulous upcoming live streams from your couch.

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The Terrace House Seasons Ranked From Best to Worst

Not all seasons are created equal.

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Sitting Down with Sierra Todd, the Founder of Black Lives Matter Tokyo

Harajuku fashionista, art student, Black Lives Matter Tokyo founder, and all-around badass.

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Japan’s Obvious Poems Turn Silliness into Art

Learn how to say nothing in the most impressive way possible with atarimae poems.

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Couples Stuck in Quarantine Found it Helped Them Grow Closer According to Survey

Turns out being cooped up was a good thing for our readers in relationships. As for the singles, is your finger tired of swiping on Tinder yet?

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