Holidays in Japan

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Japanese New Year Traditions: 10 Ways to Celebrate Like a Local

Put those pajamas on and settle in for a proper o-shogatsu—Japanese style.

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The True Story of Why People in Japan Eat KFC at Christmas

Last year, KFC Japan earned a record-breaking ¥6.9 billion from December 21 to 25. So what's the deal with "Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!"?

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Five Japanese Gag Gift Ideas for Christmas 2019

This nation was made for white elephant parties.

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Nengajo: How to Send a Japanese New Year Postcard


Living in Japan or know somebody who does? Here’s how to send a nengajo and win top culture points for 2020!

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Learn

How to Ask for Time Off in Japanese

It can be a tricky business asking for time off in a Japanese workplace. Try these useful phrases.

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Explore

Golden Week 2019: Make the Most of This Year’s Super-Sized Break

Day trips, overnight stays or something longer, here are three “Platinum” Week options.

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Learn

A Year in Japan Through Emoji

What emojis like 🎍, 👹  and 🎏  actually mean, how to partake in Japanese celebrations using them, plus some go-to phrases.

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Live

10 Unique Low-Cost Japanese Presents to Send Home for the Holidays

Simple ideas for presents that capture the fun of Japan.

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Work

Cultural Sensitivity for ALTs Giving Christmas Lessons

Tips for teaching students about the Western holiday season while respecting local customs and ideas.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Kinbaku, the Erotic Art of Japanese Rope Bondage