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September 6, 2017

Beyond “Yasumi”: The Sad Disappearance of Silver Week Explained

What’s the difference between “shukujitsu” and “saijitsu” — two types of Japanese holidays — and the surprising reason why we won’t have another extended Silver Week autumn vacation for nine years.

August 31, 2017

Party Line: Having a Good Time with Your Japanese

Your first drinking party may seem intimidating, but it is also a great chance to have some fun with your Japanese.

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 16, 2017

The Rainbow Bridge

With LGBTQ issues becoming an increasingly important part of Japan’s modern identity, GaijinPot looks at some of the words associated with the community.

July 28, 2017

What the FAQ? Studying in Japan

Welcome to the ultimate guide to living and surviving in Japan as a foreigner: What the FAQ. First up, we’re answering your questions about studying here.

July 28, 2017

You’ve Got Mail: Surprising Japanese Netspeak Verbs

Email Japanese uses a lot of special verbs in unique and interesting ways. Gaijinpot investigates some of the unusual ones typically found in Japanese internet terms.

July 22, 2017

Potsu Potsu: Rain in the Summertime

The Eskimos may have fifty words for “snow,” but did you know there are a whopping 1,190 rain-related words and phrases in the Japanese language?

July 13, 2017

Laundry Day: Mastering Your Washing Machine

When you first arrive in Japan, some of the biggest challenges can be the simplest things — like doing laundry. Gaijinpot guides you all the way from starting your washing machine to its advanced features.

June 29, 2017

The Terminal: Airport Japanese

When knowing certain Japanese air travel terms may be the difference between catching or missing your flight, it’s worth spending some time to master airport vocabulary before your trip.

June 15, 2017

Inside Job: Talking about The Intricacies of Investing in Japanese

Talking about investing in Japanese can be intimidating however with salaries constantly fluctuating, long-term stayers will want to familiarize themselves with some of the words and concepts.

Summer study in Japan
June 14, 2017

Study While you Travel in Japan this Summer

Spend your summer vacation in Japan studying? It’s more exciting than you think. These schools are still accepting students for the coming summer now — check it out!

May 27, 2017

Splish Splash: How to Use a Modern Japanese Bath

Rub dub you can finally relax in the tub with our handy guide to the high-tech water controller in your shower room.

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