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October 31, 2017

The Secret Life of Wasp Hunters in Japan

Wasp hunting in central Japan is not your average hobby, but locals here love it. Check out our crash course in wasp hunting and an introduction to the Nov. 3 edible wasp festival!

October 27, 2017

Nightmare on the Dotonbori: Top Halloween Spots in Kansai

Here are five spooktastic spots for to get your monster mash on this Halloween in Osaka.

October 25, 2017

Election Dissection: What Happened When Japan Went to the Polls

Now that the election vans have stopped blaring candidate’s names, the ballots have been cast and the results are in — what can Japan expect from a resurgent Shinzo Abe and his cronies?

October 20, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Wuthering Heights

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

Japan Election 2017
October 20, 2017

Oh Snap! Another Japan Election

Ready or not, it’s ballot time again in Japan.

October 13, 2017

Invisible Gaijin: Postcards from a Non-Japanese Japanese Person Living in Japan

It’s a complex question to answer: As an American of Japanese decent, in America, I’m “Japanese,” but in Japan — who am I?

October 5, 2017

3 Edible Japanese Insects for Autumn

It’s autumn — the best time to eat insects! Join GaijinPot as we take a gastronomical tour of bugs in the traditional cuisine of Gifu and Nagano prefectures.

October 3, 2017

Dealing with Depression in Japan

Many foreigners working in Japan live with depression, but few get real help. Here are some tips and resources for handling it.

September 29, 2017

Autumn Mystery Fruit in Japan: Akebi

Somewhere in northern Japan, someone is cooking this fruit and making it taste fantastic. That person, though, is not me.

September 22, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Look into a Glass Onion

The latest chapter! “Women can be stupid, too — don’t get me wrong. I’m an equal opportunities misanthropist — it’s just that men: we do it so well. At full force.”

September 15, 2017

Need a Change? Over 10 Different Job Types for Foreigners in Japan

There are a hundred different reasons that people come to the land of the rising sun, but once you fall in love, you’re going to need to find a job.

September 14, 2017

LGBTQ in Japan: Avoiding the Closet

If you’ve ever seen a Japanese horror movie, you know that closets in Japan are no place for the living — let alone us queer folk. Here are some ways to avoid and escape the closet, no matter what you’re doing in Japan.

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