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The 5 Cheapest Places to Get Used Musical Instruments in Japan

Looking for deals on guitars or keyboards? Here are the best places to check—and the good news is you don’t have to live in Tokyo to benefit.

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10 Useful Everyday Japanese Beauty Products

Why don't we have these affordable, unusual and helpful products in the West?

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Beginner’s Guide to Supermarket Shopping in Japan

Common kanji terms that you will find in supermarkets in Japan.

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Shopping Online in Japan

Everything—including groceries—can be purchased online, sometimes at half the regular in-store price.

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6 Ways To Find Furniture for Your Japanese Apartment

Need to furnish your new home in Japan? GaijinPot’s how-to guide has the best places to find quality and affordable furniture in Japan.

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Making The Most of Your Balcony in a Japanese Apartment

Don’t waste space! Transform your balcony into a garden or a proper place to enjoy your coffee.

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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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Shotengai: Exploring the Nostalgic Pulse of Japan’s Local Shopping Streets

Beyond the tourist hotspots, old shopping streets, train stations, and underground arcades have the power to transport you decades back in time.

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10 More Essential Items for Your New Japanese Apartment

Moving to Japan can have its challenges. Equipping your new home with the basics shouldn't be one of them.

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Why Are These Things So Expensive in Japan?

Movies, pizza, bullet trains and mobile phones seem more expensive in Japan than elsewhere. Here's how you can save.

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7 Convenience Store Items for Vegetarians in Japan

A survival guide for meatless options in Japanese convenience stores.

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3 Simple Ways to Discover Japan’s Unique Food Culture

Let Japan and its unique culture of food blow your mind — and your senses — with amazing “konbini,” exclusive “ekiben” and subterranean “depachika.”

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