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September 20, 2018

Life is Just a Final Fantasy: 5 Japanese RPG Series Every Gamer Should Try

Looking to pick up a new title for your console? Before you spend your money, check out our top five recommended Japanese role-playing games.

September 18, 2018

Binge-worthy Travel: 7 ‘Terrace House’ Locations You Can Visit in Japan

It’s a piece of cake to literally walk into locations from Netflix and Fuji TV’s reality show “Terrace House.”

September 18, 2018

5 Netflix and Hulu Shows That are Good to Watch and Great for Learning Japanese

Combine your study time and your chill out time with these five shows that will entertain you and help improve your Japanese.

September 17, 2018

I had a Japanese virtual assistant for a week and here’s what happened

Virtual Assist Japan is the service I didn’t know I needed, until it made my life 100 times better.

The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, the world's oldest hotel, with mountains behind it and staff in kimono ready to greet guests out front.
September 14, 2018

The World’s Oldest Hotel: What It’s Like to Stay at Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan

This historic mountain retreat in Yamanashi is over 1,300 years old and has been run by the same family for 52 generations.

September 13, 2018

Surviving the Enkai: How to Prepare for Japanese Drinking Culture at Work

Whether you love drinking with colleagues or hate it, it’s a necessary part of life in Japan. Here are some tips to get you through your first — or next — work party.

September 12, 2018

Sweat the Small Stuff: 5 Tips for Passing the JLPT

Don’t be a stressed mess, learn how to pass your next level test on your journey up the Japanese language proficiency ladder.

September 11, 2018

5 Tips for Introducing Your Japanese Partner to Your Parents

Dating in Japan can certainly present a variety of challenges, but few can be more challenging than introducing your Japanese partner to your parents for the first time.

September 7, 2018

Another Roadside Attraction: 3 Random Joys of Japanese Highway Travel

Planning a road trip in Japan? Remember that it’s not just your destination that matters— it really is all about the journey. Here are three elements to consider adding to your next four-wheeled adventure!

September 6, 2018

5 Romance Anime to Fill the Current ‘Your Name’ Void

If you love romance anime and have watched “Kimi No Na Wa” (“Your Name”) more times than you can count, never fear — here are five more titles you can watch to take your breath away!

August 31, 2018

Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 3/3: How Do I Collect?

A breakdown of how to get the money you are entitled to after contributing to the Japanese pension scheme. Whether you plan to retire here or are leaving Japan or your home country — this guide is for you.

August 24, 2018

Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 2/3: What Will I Pay?

Whether you work in Japan for a limited or extended period of time, here’s a breakdown of the amount you will contribute to the pension plan and what you can expect to get out of it.

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