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A Year in Japan Through Emoji

What emojis like 🎍, 👹  and 🎏  actually mean, how to partake in Japanese celebrations using them, plus some go-to phrases.

By 7 min read

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How to Do Hatsumode in Tokyo

A guide to experiencing the first Shinto shrine visit of the year.

By 3 min read

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What’s Christmas Like in Japan?

In Japan this Christmas? Here's some of the things you can expect during the ホリデイズ.

By 5 min read

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Weathering a Cold Japanese Winter for New ALTs

Five tips to keep safe and warm during the coldest time of the year.

By 9 min read

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Ultimate Guide to Observation Decks and Elevated Views in 7 Major Japanese Cities

Brush up on the best lookouts in Sapporo, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nagasaki.

By 13 min read

Culture

6 Recommended Places to See the First Sunrise of 2019 in Japan

An awesome tradition in Japan is "hatsuhinode," or viewing the first sunrise of the New Year.

By 6 min read

Culture

Japanese Horror Story: 5 Scary Video Games for Long Winter Nights

Here are five Japanese horror games every fan of the genre should check out.

By 6 min read

Explore

5 Misconceptions About the Trains in Japan

They’re not all perfectly punctual futuristic concepts and none of them transform into giant robots.

By 10 min read

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Saddle Up: Getting a Bicycle in Japan

Getting around the ‘hood by bike comes with plenty of rules here.

By 9 min read

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Films Wako: A Slick Social Apartment for Movie Lovers and Creatives

Featuring a photography studio, a work lounge and, yes, an actual cinema.

By 5 min read

Work

New Specified Skills Visa for Japan: Your Questions Answered

What the recently announced Specified Skills Visas could mean for foreign workers seeking jobs in Japan.

By 8 min read

Culture

5 of the Weirdest Japanese Video Games (You Can Play in English)

Nothing says “otaku” like crazy video games. Here are five of Japan’s craziest.

By 7 min read