Living in Japan

Getting your driver's license in Japan.
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How to Get a Driver’s License in Japan Without Speaking Japanese

Tips on the process and English-speaking driving schools.

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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 to squatting in the cold on a blue tarp.

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6 Hacks for Surviving Hay Fever in Japan

With cherry blossom season comes the onset of seasonal allergies. Luckily these Japanese products will soothe your suffering.

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5 Spots to Get a Bird’s Eye View of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing

A brand new observation deck is just one of the options for scoping out the world-famous intersection from above.

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Culture

7 Places to See the First Sunrise of 2020 in Japan

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

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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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Learn

Baby Names That Work in Japanese and English

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

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Learn

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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Explore

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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Live

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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Into the Mind of Shintaro Kago, One of Japan’s Most Infamous Erotic Manga Artists