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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.

David Jaskiewicz
October 4, 2017

Beyond ‘Kowai’: 10 Japanese Words For When You’re Freaked Out

This Halloween, be more than just scared with these new Japanese words and phrases to express your fear and disgust like a horror movie pro.

September 27, 2017

‘Koto’: The Easiest and Trickiest Grammar Point in Japanese

Mastering the use of こと and の can be a challenge for beginners and advanced students alike.

September 15, 2017

Whatcha Gonna Do: Japanese Words for The War on Bugs

If you’re losing the war on bugs in your apartment, Gaijinpot provides you with the weapons to turn the tide in your next battle.

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.

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