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September 7, 2016

How to Make A Lunch Bento

Making a bento is one of the best ways to keep lunch healthy and fun, especially if you’ve got kids. Fiona shares her tips and favorite recipes for bringing a bit of Japan to your midday meal.

Ten Essential Items to Live in Japan
August 26, 2016

10 More Essential Items To Start Living In Japan

We published our first list of essential items to start living in Japan back in 2014. We’re back for round two with reader’s stories, plus tips from the GaijinPot team.

How to get a student visa in Japan
August 25, 2016

Studying in Japan: How to Get a Student Visa

If you’d like to study in Japan, you’ll need to secure a student visa. Here’s what to do.

Yakisoba recipe
August 24, 2016

How to Make Japanese Festival Foods: Yakisoba

Yakisoba is one of the easiest festival foods to make at home outside of Japan. Try this quick recipe for a taste of Japanese matsuri, wherever you are in the world.

How to Make Okonomiyaki Recipe
August 10, 2016

How to Make Japanese Festival Foods: Okonomiyaki

The food you get at festivals in Japan is downright amazing so why not recreate your favorites at home? Try this easy recipe for a much-loved matsuri classic: okonomiyaki.

Leaving Japan checklist
August 1, 2016

Leaving Japan: Things You Need to Do

Leaving Japan, you’ll have to deal with just as many bureaucratic procedures as when you first arrived. Here’s a comprehensive checklist for the most stress-free sayonara possible.

A recipe for salmon teriyaki and miso soup
July 22, 2016

How to Make Salmon Teriyaki and Miso Soup

Learn how to make staple Japanese dishes at home with our new “How to Make” series. First up: salmon teriyaki and miso soup.

July 11, 2016

Understanding Your TEPCO Electricity Bill

Nobody likes paying your electric bill but with this handy guide at least you will know what you are paying.

June 27, 2016

Using Video Games to Improve your Japanese: Does it Work?

Maybe all-night sessions in front of the console aren’t so bad after all.

June 12, 2016

How To Buy TOHO Cinemas Discount Tickets

Watching movies in Japan can be pricey but if you plan in advance, you can find good deals on discount tickets.

June 8, 2016

The Hidden Fees In Your Softbank Internet Contract

For the foreign community having a good Internet connection is a necessity. Unfortunately Internet in Japan comes with a lot of unwanted extras.

March 30, 2016

Seven Bank: Your One-Stop Shop to Money Matters Made Easy

When you hear the name “7-Eleven,” what immediately comes to mind? Around-the-clock convenience that lies right around the corner? Superb…

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