Wait, What?! A Yellow Watermelon?
Have you ever tried a yellow watermelon? The Japan Guy chanced upon one in his local supermarket and decided to give it a go.
Fall, My Favorite Japanese Season
If you're thinking of traveling or move to Japan, the Japan Guy is here to tell you why fall is a great time to come.
3 Reasons Why I Like Tokyo DisneySea
If you had to choose between Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, which would you choose?
15 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat & Humidity
Can't take the heat? Here are 15 ways to change your situation!
Navigating Japanese Umbrella Culture
The Japan Guy tackles an age-old philosophical question: 'What's the deal with umbrellas here in Japan?'
My First Time at a 'Ryokan'
The Japan Guy gives us his first impressions of a traditional Japanese inn in a refreshingly humorous way!
How to Choose Your Apartment in Japan
There's nothing more satisfying than finally settling down in your new pad. Here are some useful tips that can help you when choosing your new apartment in Japan.
A Japanese Share-House Tour
Renting in Japan can be expensive, due in large part to that pain-in-the-butt key money. This exorbitantly expensive fee is a major reason why some foreigners may feel hesitant about moving to a new place. So what's the alternative?
Why I Stopped Teaching as an ALT
The Japan Guy explains his reasons for ending his career as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan.
How to Play 'Jan-Ken-Pon'
In Japan, paper-rock-scissors is known as 'jan-ken-pon.' Children here use it to decide virtually everything—and this means that if you're a schoolteacher, 'janken' is one of the very first skills you need to pick up!
How Japanese Students Clean their Classrooms
Do you know the secrets of 'zokin-gake'?
Teachers: Beware the 'Kancho'!
There are no winners in the 'kancho' game. But lots of kindergartners and elementary school students love playing it. Find out how to spot it before you, too, become a victim!
Tour the Inaba Brewery in Ibaraki
The Japan Guy takes us through the Inaba Brewery on a snowy day—and reveals what lies behind a certain mysterious little door!
A Non-Drinker's Take on Japan's Drink Culture
As a (mostly) non-drinker, The Japan Guy has a pretty good memory of what happened at the 'izakaya' last night. Here's his take on the whole affair.
10 Days of Japanese Public School Lunch
After detailed investigation, The Japan Guy has determined that Japanese public school lunches beat the pants off the lunches at his elementary school back home.
6 Differences Between Temples & Shrines
I decided, once and for all, to figure out the differences between a temple and a shrine.
Being Santa Claus in Japan
I never once had to don a Santa suit while living in the U.S. But since I’ve been here in Japan, every single year, without fail, something comes up where I always end up in a Santa suit.
The Japanese Sushi Knowledge Quiz
Think you know your sushi? Take this quiz and prove your mettle!
The 10,000 Hours Approach to Japanese
Will investing 10,000 hours into studying Japanese make you fluent?
Will a Japanese Girlfriend Help Your Japanese?
If you're struggling with learning Japanese, is a Japanese girlfriend the answer to your problems?