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Mochi with sesame Japanese dessert.
May 16, 2018

Mochi Mochi Nippon! All You Need to Know about Japan’s Ubiquitous Rice Cakes

It’s beaten, sweetened and eaten all across the country in infinite varieties and on all occasions. Here’s a quick primer and a short warning on this ever-present treat.

May 15, 2018

Why I Relocated to Nagano from the Big City

As convenient and vibrant as Japan’s major urban centers are, one expat explains why a change to a more rural area did him a world of good.

May 10, 2018

Point Break: Loyalty Cards in Japan Thicken Wallets but Lack in Payoffs

Japan, we’ve gotta talk. This point card habit of yours is getting out of control.

April 28, 2018

Movin’ Out: Some Quick Tips for Changing Your Residence in Japan

Moving to new digs doesn’t need to be as stressful or as costly as you think. A few simple steps before the big day can ensure everything goes smoothly, whether your moving across town or to another prefecture.

April 27, 2018

Japan’s Top 3 Regional Ramen: Sapporo, Tokyo and Fukuoka

Three iconic cities. Three unique styles of Japanese soul food. We travel to each area and discover what makes miso, shoyu and tonkotsu styles of ramen so distinct.

April 24, 2018

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.

April 24, 2018

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.

April 20, 2018

Level Up: The Top 5 Mobile Games in Japan

It’s never a dull moment living in Japan — and if it ever seems that way, then here are five popular smartphone games many Japanese play to help pass the time.

April 19, 2018

5 Soft Skills ALTs Acquire that Are Resume Builders

Learn how being an assistant language teacher in Japan has turned you into a valuable team player for your next employer.

April 18, 2018

Beyond Takai and Yasui: Japanese Vocab to Watch Out for While Shopping

These 10 Japanese words and phrases can help you bargain for some good deals or talk about the finer things in life.

April 13, 2018

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

Who, what, where and, most importantly, how to get your hands on these cute, crafty and sometimes weird pieces of Japanese pop culture.

Tokyo Star Bank
April 10, 2018

Win ¥1,000,000 to Help Grow Your Business in Japan

Tokyo Star Bank is giving foreign entrepreneurs a rare opportunity to connect with local investors and win a grand prize of ¥1,000,000 in a brand new contest.

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