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August 15, 2017

Teetotal Tipples: 7 No-Alcohol Drinks in Japan

It’s not always Miller time, so here is a selection of some non-alcopops to enjoy at parties, barbecues and other get-togethers in Japan this summer.

August 9, 2017

4 Places to Find Classic Video Games in Japan

Ready player one: It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.

August 2, 2017

5 Things in Japan I’ll Never Get Used To

From how certain foods are consumed to the way people sneeze — there are certain quirks of Japanese people that still perplex me to this day.

July 21, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: The Secret Garden

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village. This is my story.

July 18, 2017

Smartphones in Japan: How To Buy, Unlock and Change Plans

Japanese mobile service is notoriously convoluted — here’s what to do if you plan to bring a phone over from home and sort yourself out with a new one while you’re here.

July 11, 2017

Killer or Creepy? 5 Japanese Bugs To Avoid This Summer

From killers to just creepers, here are five bugs you might encounter this summer in Japan — and ways to avoid inviting them into your home.

July 7, 2017

Cruise Through Tokyo on a Traditional Dining Boat

Tokyo’s waterways offer stunning views of the city in the summer and the boats that ply them offer dining courses for all occasions — from fireworks to ninjas to wedding receptions.

July 4, 2017

5 Apps to Make Your Life in Japan Easier

From finding the best restaurants and directions to getting early earthquake warnings, these mobile apps can help make life in Japan that much easier.

June 28, 2017

5 Adventure VR Games To Try At Joypolis in Odaiba

The virtual realities you’ll experience at this game-themed amusement park will have you battling attacking zombies, racing luxury sports cars or escaping from a locked room. Just another memorable afternoon in Odaiba.

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June 23, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: War and Peace

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village. This is my story.

June 16, 2017

The Top 5 Konbini Countdown: Part 2

Where do you stand in the FamilyMart vs. 7-Eleven debate? There’s a new #1 in our top 5 konbini for 2017

June 13, 2017

Breaking the Mold: Can You Teach English in Japan as a Non-Native Speaker?

I’m not a native speaker, but can I still teach English in Japan?

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