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Japan's Toxic Drinking Culture
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Japan’s Toxic Drinking Culture No One Talks About

Japan has a problem but is too addicted to admit it.

By 19 min read

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Divorce with Kids in Japan: The Stress of No Joint Child Custody

Advice, resources and why one writer wishes he would have prepared for the worst after divorce.

By 13 min read

Culture

The Mask Behind the Mask Culture in Japan

Japan's love affair with wearing the germ mask gives this author mixed feelings.

By 6 min read

Work

These Are Some of the Craziest Questions ALTs Of Color in Japan Get Asked

Yup, your sweet student really did just say that.

By 7 min read

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GaijinPot Readers Share Their Japan Love Stories in 100 Words or Less

For Valentine’s Day, readers shared their own love stories in miniature form. From office romance to missed connections, they did not disappoint.

By 6 min read

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Divorce with Kids in Japan: Her Mother Kidnapped Her

One father's story after hearing, 'You are never going to see your daughter again.'

By 5 min read

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Sorry, I’m not American: Postcards from a Trinidadian Teaching in Japan

Not all ALTs come from the Big Five countries.

By 7 min read

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Of Rice and Men: Questions You Never Thought to Ask about Harvesting Japan’s Meal Staple

One writer went around pestering people to find out exactly how much rice could be harvested from a field that measured one tatami mat in size. Here's what he found.

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The World’s Oldest Hotel: What It’s Like to Stay at Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan

This historic mountain retreat in Yamanashi is over 1,300 years old and has been run by the same family for 52 generations.

By 9 min read

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The Only Gaijin in the Village: Comfortably Numb

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village.

By 6 min read

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The Only Gaijin the Village: New Year’s Day

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village.

By 7 min read

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The Smartest Answer Isn’t Always the Best One: 5 Tips for ALT Interviews

It's that time again for English teachers in Japan: meeting with new companies, schools and boards of education to secure a new contract. These five tips can help.

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