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Jobs in Japan. Tips for getting your email application read.
January 30, 2018

6 Tips To Start the Post-ALT Job Hunt in Japan

Japan is increasingly looking to hire skilled foreign workers across many job categories. With these six tips, you can set yourself up for meaningful employment outside the English teaching industry.

January 26, 2018

Japan’s Schools Are In Total Denial Over Diversity

The term “hafu” in Japan means being half-Japanese. With increasing diversity in Japan’s classrooms, the Hafu2Hafu project is a way to educate students (and ourselves) about cultural identity.

Shibuya Crossing
January 23, 2018

Location Situation: Can an English Teacher Afford to Live in Tokyo?

There is a continual debate over what locations in Japan offer English teachers the best earnings versus savings potential so we break down some facts and figures to come up with our No. 1 choice.

January 19, 2018

The Only Gaijin the Village: New Year’s Day

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

January 16, 2018

A Guide To the Best ‘Lost in Translation’ Spots in Tokyo

With the film in its 15th anniversary year, you can still find many of the real-life locations it portrayed in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Kyoto.

January 11, 2018

When is New Year’s in Japan Really Over?

Ringing in the new and tossing out the slightly old prompts an age-old question, one similar to Christmas trees in the West: when should you take your Shogatsu decorations down?

Combatting loneliness in Japan
January 5, 2018

Only the Lonely: 5 Ways Teachers Can Beat the Winter Blues in Japan

Winter in rural areas of Japan can feel cold, isolating and gloomy — especially to new ALTs — but you’re not alone. Here are five ways to slam dunk the funk without going into hibernation

106 South Indian
January 3, 2018

Vegan in Japan: 4 Veg-Friendly Eateries in Fukuoka

Check out these great Fukuoka restaurants in part two of our plant-based tour of Japan!

Emoji Japan
January 2, 2018

A Year in Japan Through Emoji

What emojis like 🎍, 👹  and 🎏  actually mean, how to partake in Japanese holidays and celebrations using them, plus some go-to Japanese phrases to top it all off.

December 30, 2017

Change Your Luck for the Better with the Power of Omamori

Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome the new year with a Japanese charm from a temple or shrine to ward off evil, bring sexual health or wish for traffic safety, victory and more!

Diamond Fuji
December 29, 2017

5 Recommended Places to See the First Sunrise of 2018 in Japan

While there are many different New Year’s traditions to follow in Japan, one of our personal favorites is “hatsuhinode,” or viewing the first sunrise of the New Year.

December 27, 2017

Japan 101: Tips and Tricks to Get You Through the Winter

Winter has finally come. The ways Japanese people deal with winter may leave you puzzled but while here — take advantage of the many inventions this country has to combat the cold.

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