Living in Japan

Halloween in Japan What Is it Like?
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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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What Is the Average Cost of Living in Japan in 2019?

It's not as expensive as you might think.

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How Much Is the Average Rent in Tokyo in 2019?

Learn why rent in Adachi Ward is half of that in Chiyoda Ward, why the size of your apartment might matter more than the location, and who's driving up rent prices in the capital.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

First-time tips for climbing Japan's iconic peak.

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Sweat the Small Stuff: 5 Tips for Passing the JLPT

Don’t be a stressed mess, learn how to pass your next JLTP with flying colors.

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