It’s that time of the year again — the countdown to Valentine’s Day (and its alter ego White Day) begins in Japan. Are you ready to let that special someone know how you feel? Here are five ways to tell it from your heart — without sounding like a cheesy anime character.
By Teni Wada on February 2, 2018
You’ve just got off the plane, you’re jet-lagged and want to get to your bed as quickly as possible. For you weary travelers, Gaijinpot presents a guide to getting through passport control and customs as smoothly as possible.
By Matthew Coslett on January 31, 2018
Since Buddhism played an important role in creating Japanese culture, GaijinPot presents a primer on some of the ways that its influence has also changed the language itself.
By Matthew Coslett on January 10, 2018
Resolved to improve your Japanese in the new year? These tips from our resident GaijinPot Study guru can help!
By Mike Kozlowski on January 4, 2018
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.
By Teni Wada on January 2, 2018
With the season of giving upon us, GaijinPot presents a guide to the different words for delivering presents.
By Matthew Coslett on December 22, 2017
Trying to learn Japanese but getting stuck on the characters? Find out how kanji actually work with this breakdown of its components and their functions.
By John Renfroe on December 14, 2017
Gaijinpot discovers that talking about religion is even more complicated than expected.
By Matthew Coslett on December 12, 2017
Navigating the world of Japanese etiquette can be tricky without knowing some of the words that are associated with good and bad manners in Japan.
By Matthew Coslett on November 28, 2017
One of the cheapest ways to rent new digs in Japan is to look for “incident” apartments. Gaijinpot presents a guide to these pads and the benefits — or horrors — that await.
By Matthew Coslett on November 15, 2017
Lots of people want to study Japanese in Japan and many of them want to work here afterward. Is knowing the language really enough to find a job?
By Mike Kozlowski on October 19, 2017
Japanese has many words for fear. By learning them, learners can gain a greater understanding of what makes this nation tick.