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March 21, 2017

Why Can’t Japanese Teachers of English…Speak English?

Many Japanese teachers of English lack an ability to speak the language they are hoping to foster in their students. So what might be some of the reasons?

March 21, 2017

Live Action Ninja Show at Flamingo the Arusha in Osaka

The throwing stars come out at night — along with “Kill Bill”-style sword battles, geisha performances and traditionally prepared Japanese food — at this Osaka dinner theater.

March 18, 2017

4 Reasons to Download Travel Japan Wi-Fi

No need to login or register to connect, the Travel Japan Wi-Fi app automatically hooks you up with instant Wi-Fi across Japan, as well as travel recommendations, tips, discounts and your own virtual scrapbook.

March 16, 2017

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shinjuku

The busiest of the 23 wards in Tokyo’s sprawling metropolis, Shinjuku City has countless surprises vying for your attention — many of them hiding in plain sight.

March 16, 2017

Where Super-Thin is Still In: Attitudes to Body Image in Japan

What do Japanese women and men consider the ideal body? And how do they go about getting it?

March 14, 2017

How I Tackle Issues of Race and Identity in the Classroom

One ALT shares his experience of tackling the “gaikoku” topic with his students.

March 9, 2017

9 Ways to Survive the Japanese Commuter Train

Keep calm and listen to Enya.

March 2, 2017

4 Problems I Faced Renting in Japan (And What You Can Do Instead)

Trying to arrange an apartment in Japan? Whether you’re overseas or here already there’s a new foreigner-friendly housing program that’s designed to make the process totally problem-free.

March 1, 2017

How Attitudes to Fitness Are Changing in Japan

From bananas to buff: How the fitness scene in Japan is transforming ahead of Tokyo 2020.

February 28, 2017

What’s the Deal with Mascots in Japan?

At times adorable, at other times terrifying, these larger than life characters have ingratiated themselves into almost every facet of Japanese public life.

February 23, 2017

An Open Letter to Japanese Weather

Dear Japan, we have to talk about your weather.

February 22, 2017

4 Ways Living in Japan Can Make You Healthier

And you don’t have to like natto.

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