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February 2, 2018

Beyond ‘I Love You’: 5 Tips For Navigating Romance in Japan

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.

January 31, 2018

Landing in Japan: Moving Sleekly through Arrival, Immigration and Customs Procedures

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.

January 10, 2018

Dharma Tongues: How Buddha Shaped the Japanese Language

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.

January 4, 2018

4 Tips to Level-Up Your Japanese in the New Year

Resolved to improve your Japanese in the new year? These tips from our resident GaijinPot Study guru can help!

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.

Gift giving
December 22, 2017

Present Tense: Grammatically Correct Japanese Gift Giving

With the season of giving upon us, GaijinPot presents a guide to the different words for delivering presents.

December 14, 2017

What Your Japanese Teacher Never Taught You about Kanji

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.

December 12, 2017

Losing My Religion: Using the Words of Worship in Japanese

Gaijinpot discovers that talking about religion is even more complicated than expected.

November 28, 2017

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Japanese Terms for Rudeness (and Worse)

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.

November 15, 2017

Suicide Squad: Reasonable Rent and Apartment ‘Incidents’

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.

October 19, 2017

Studying Japanese in Japan: What You Can Get Out of It

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?

October 16, 2017

Cape Fear: Japanese Phrases for Fright

Japanese has many words for fear. By learning them, learners can gain a greater understanding of what makes this nation tick.

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