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David Jaskiewicz
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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 like a pro.

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Nightmare on Dotonbori: Top Halloween Spots in Osaka

Five spooktastic places for to get your monster mash on this Halloween in Osaka.

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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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Culture

3 Things Working Women In Japan Deserve More Than White Day Chocolate

Giri-choco is nice, but we want something much cheaper: respect.

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Culture

8 Awesome Anime Christmas Gift Ideas

Four new and four classic goodies from Japan for the animaniac in your life.

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Culture

6 Recommended Places to See the First Sunrise of 2019 in Japan

An awesome tradition in Japan is "hatsuhinode," or viewing the first sunrise of the New Year.

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Ultimate Guide to Winter Illuminations in Japan’s 47 Prefectures 2018-19

Here’s your chance enjoy the festive holiday cheer — the Japanese way!

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10 Ways to Get Spooky for Halloween 2018 In Japan

Stage your own funeral, go to a topless VIP lounge or keep it family friendly this Halloween.

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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.

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When is New Year’s in Japan Really Over?

Ringing in the new and tossing out the slightly old prompts an age-old question, one similar to Christmas trees in the West: when should you take your Shogatsu decorations down?

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Culture

Why do people eat KFC at Christmas in Japan?

The short story of how Christmas in Japan become synonymous with a fast food joint.

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Imperial Gratitude: The Reason for Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Ten of Japan’s 16 national holidays are directly related to the Emperor — with one more on the way.

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