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Linemo, Ahamo, Povo or Rakuten Un-Limit: Which New Phone Plan is Right for You?

SoftBank, Docomo, Au and Rakuten offer reduced pricing plans.

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Retiring in Japan: What’s the Best Strategy?

Don't sleepwalk into a miserable old age—it's easy to retire in Japan if you prepare well in advance. These are the steps you need to take.

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Is Hanami Actually Fun?

With the sakura season underway, we have to ask: Is hanami all that enjoyable?

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6 Sakura Flavored Sweets in Japan

What cherry blossom-flavored treats does Japan have this year?

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5 Things to Do in Japan This Spring (That Don’t Involve Hanami)

If you want to tone down the cherry blossom celebrations this year, here are five alternatives for spring activities in Japan.

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Jiko Bukken: Reasonable Rent and Apartment ‘Incidents’

One of the cheapest ways to rent new digs in Japan is to look for "incident" apartments, but what exactly is an "incident"?

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10 Years After the Great East Japan Earthquake

The solemn marker of a difficult decade for people and communities affected by the events of March 11, 2011

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How Much Is the Average Rent in Tokyo?

Learn what the cheapest and most expensive areas are for living in Tokyo.

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Everything You Need to Know About Hinamatsuri

March 3 is a special day for girls in Japan as they celebrate Hinamatsuri, also known as the Doll's Festival. This is a day to pray for young girl's health and happiness.

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Four Ways to Insulate Your Japanese Apartment and Save Money

Winter in Japan means cold toes and high energy bills. Follow these simple tips to insulate your apartment and keep your toes and wallet happy.

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Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo: The Oimachi Line

Is an apartment on Tokyo's Oimachi line right for you?

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The Best TV Shows in Japan to Study Japanese

Take a deep dive into Japanese culture with Japanese TV!

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