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February 22, 2017

4 Ways Living in Japan Can Make You Healthier

And you don’t have to like natto.

February 21, 2017

Japan’s New Permanent Residency Rules Explained

How do the new requirements for permanent residency in Japan affect foreign residents?

February 16, 2017

Dealing with a Bad Neighbor in Japan

What to do when your friendly neighborino isn’t so friendly?

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.

January 31, 2017

Heart Beeps: A City Adventure in Nakano

Explore the pulsating side streets of this neighborhood just a few stops from Shinjuku station

January 26, 2017

Tips for Taking your Japanese to the Next Level

We all have our own New Year’s resolutions: some easily obtainable, some pretty lofty and others just downright ridiculous. Improving your Japanese ability shouldn’t be the latter. Here’s how to keep your resolve.

A train guard watching a train pass.
January 23, 2017

Hardworking Sensationalism: How International Media Misrepresents Japan

Don’t believe the hype — Japan deserves better.

A row of players playing pachinko. Are casinos in Japan an unnecessary gamble?
January 22, 2017

Are Casinos in Japan an Unnecessary Gamble?

One writer and Osaka resident shares his opinion on the recent legalization of casinos in Japan.

4 Women’s Rights Organizations You Can Support in Japan
January 16, 2017

4 Women’s Rights Organizations You Can Support in Japan

Contrary to popular belief, feminism in Japan is alive, and there are ways that foreigners can contribute to it. Here are four organizations to get you started.

January 5, 2017

Veganized in Sapporo: Tips for Vegans in Rural Japan

There’s no need to compromise your ethics or your experience as a vegan in rural Japan.

January 1, 2017

Hatsuyume: The First Dream of the Year in Japan

I dreamed a dream of eggplants gone by. Happy New Year everyone!

December 30, 2016

How to Do Hatsumode in Tokyo

A guide to experiencing the first Shinto shrine visit of the year.

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