Living in Japan

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Smartphones in Japan: How To Buy, Unlock and Change Plans

Japanese mobile service is notoriously convoluted. Here's what to do if you plan to bring a phone over from home or sort yourself out with a new one while you're here.

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Baby Names That Work in Japanese and English

Hi! My name is. What? My name is. Who? My name is...

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6 Things to Look for When Choosing a Japanese Language School

So you want to study Japanese in Japan? Find the right school for you with these tips.

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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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Halloween in Japan: What’s Different?

The appeal of Halloween in Japan lies in two things: commercialism and costumes.

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How the October Consumption Tax Hike Will Affect You

Worried about the upcoming increase in consumption tax in Japan? Here's how it might impact your daily life.

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Japan’s Problem with Noise Pollution

Feel woolly-headed, distracted and overwhelmed, but not sure why? The answer may be in the sound waves of the city.

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A Guide to Top League Rugby in Japan

A look at Japan's unique professional club rugby and how to enjoy the action.

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Shotengai: Exploring the Nostalgic Pulse of Japan’s Local Shopping Streets

Beyond the tourist hotspots, old shopping streets, train stations, and underground arcades have the power to transport you decades back in time.

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How to Bargain in Japanese

Useful Japanese for negotiating a discount in different situations from shopping to signing an apartment contract.

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Unexpected Fees to Expect in Japan

And how to cut down on some of the surprise costs.

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What do Japanese Apartment Layout Terms Mean?

Confused about the layout terminology of Japanese apartments. Here's a quick guide to the terminology.

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