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September 12, 2017

Preparing for Visits to Japan by Family Members With Health Issues

Mom and Dad are finally visiting — and you just became their travel agent. Here are some things to consider for family members with mobility and health issues.

Docomo Wifi for Visitors
September 9, 2017

10 Best Photos Submitted So Far For Our Wi-Fi Giveaway

GaijinPot is collaborating with Japan’s leading Wi-Fi provider to offer free individual internet access to tourists in a month-long Instagram contest! Here are some of the best entries so far.

Lost wallet Japan
September 8, 2017

Losing your Wallet in Japan: What to Do and Where to Go

Attempting to replace the contents of your lost wallet can be an all-day journey. Here is exactly what — and what not — to do if forced to navigate the process of replacing all your important cards.

September 5, 2017

5 Things in Japan that I Really Got Used to

Living in Japan for a few years inevitably means you’ll learn to love things that might have otherwise easily annoyed you back home. Here’s what’s grown on me about Japanese culture’s multitude of quirks.

Tokyo Neighborhoods
August 30, 2017

7 Tokyo Suburbs to Consider for Your Next Move

If you’re thinking about a move to Tokyo, here are some affordable neighborhoods to check out that often fly below the radar — meaning better choices for you!

August 29, 2017

Beyond ‘Oishii’: 10 Tastier Words to Describe Japanese Food

The eskimos may apparently have 1,000 words for snow, but if you watch Japanese TV there seems to be only one (or two) words for “delicious.” Not for you anymore.

August 25, 2017

Vegan in Japan: 5 Tips and Tricks for Keeping to a Plant-Based Diet

Visiting (or living) in the land of sushi might seem like a vegan nightmare — but fear not, those on plant-based diets, we have some helpful advice for navigating the fish-filled culinary waters!

August 24, 2017

After Last Train: A Late-Night Konbini Odyssey

What mysteries await in the Japanese convenience store after hours? This is the tale of what happened when curiosity turned into a graveyard shift exploration of retail hallowed ground after missing the last train in Tokyo.

August 18, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Exterminator!

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

August 16, 2017

5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Smartphone in Japan

Hello, can you hear me? I’m in Japan dreaming about who I could be — if I had the most stress-free phone plan in all the land. Adele lyrics aside, here are some of the best plans for foreigners looking for quick, easy and relatively cheap data services.

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.

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