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5 Ways Japan Influenced ‘Star Wars’

Celebrate Star Wars Day with a deep dive into the films and Japanese influences, from Kurosawa’s films to samurai, even the Japanese language.

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5 Japanese Bands Influenced by British Rock

Expand your musical horizons with these rock bands that looked to England for inspiration.

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GaijinPot on Location: A Quest for Kurosawa

Discover the real-life locations seen in some of the acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa's most iconic movies.

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Explore

GaijinPot on Location: ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Cobra Kai’ in Okinawa

Okinawa is a big part of the Karate Kid franchise, but where are the real-life locations that inspired it?

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5 Crazy Japanese Kaiju Movies You Must Watch

There’s nothing more Japanese than giant monsters destroying impressively detailed models of cities. Here are five of our favorite kaiju movies.

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5 Japanese Christmas Movies to Watch this Holiday Season

Japanese holiday films are different than Western ones. Here are five to show you the meaning of a Japanese Christmas.

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5 Obscure Japanese Music Genres You’ve Probably Never Heard

If you’re into Japanese city pop like Mariya Takeuchi, here are five more genres to become obsessed with.

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5 Japanese Dramas on Netflix to Study Japanese

Looking for something new to watch on Netflix and want to brush up on your Japanese at the same time?

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5 Easy Japanese Karaoke Songs

Sing your heart out and impress your friends at your next karaoke party with these simple songs in Japanese.

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7 Japanese Anime, Games and Movies Like ‘Squid Game’

You may have heard of the new Netflix hit "Squid Game" but do you know about these Japanese death games?

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Binge Worthy: 5 Japanese Dramas for Studying Japanese

Improve your Japanese listening skills with Japanese dramas!

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Learn

Swearing in Japanese: Why Formal and Informal Speech Is Important

It’s not a word, but the delivery of the language that makes for insulting and derogatory speech.

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