Memoirs of Being a Black Sheep in Japan
One of our writers recounts his experiences living in Japan as an African-American, how he is perceived in society, and how life here compares to life back home.
The Sound & the (Lack of) Fury of Japan
While we know that silence is definitely golden in Japan, there is, on the other hand, an interesting relationship to noise here.
Weird & Hilarious Ad Promotes Train Manners
Japan’s newest commercial about manners on trains may be quite difficult to get your head around.
Don't Be Surprised by Japan, Be Prepared!
Japan is full of many surprises and challenges that might catch you off guard during your first time here. But, we're here to give you a quick overview of how to prepare for your new life here.
How to Become a Japanese Citizen
Like Japan? Love Japan? Love Japan so much that you want to become a citizen? You may have heard it's impossible for the average person, but that's not true—I know, because I am a naturalized citizen of Japan!
6 Sublime Views in Tohoku
The northeast region of Honshu, Tohoku, is a destination for all seasons. If you're looking to see nature at its finest, head north!
A 'Heart to Heart' Primer on Japanese Manners
Manners are a big part Japanese culture and society, but a first-time visitor or new resident will likely be surprised to learn many of these rules are unspoken, but understood. Therefore, we'd like to introduce a few to help you fit in while in Japan.
What Bread or Rice Says About You
Which do you prefer: bread or rice? Your answer may say something about your personality.
33 Survival Kanji for Japan First-Timers
Coming to Japan, but don't know any kanji—or what kanji even means? Take a deep breath, relax and we'll get you started along the way!
When Do You Wear a Yukata at a Japanese Inn?
Before bathing? After bathing? As soon as you arrive? Or not at all? Find out when most people usually change into 'yukata' when staying at a ryokan.
Getting Permanent Residency in Just One Year
The Ministry of Justice in Japan is cutting the wait time for permanent residency and that, depending on several factors, could potentially narrow the wait time down to one year.
The Spotlight's on D. H. Rosen
If you're tapped into the art scene in Japan, then you've likely come across artist/writer/curator/producer Daniel H. Rosen, the go-to guru in the creative community.
Embracing the Warmth of Tohoku in Hachinohe
My journey to northern Japan led to an immersion in the rich culture and hospitality of the residents and regions of Hachinohe, Aomori.
How to Mind Your Onsen Manners
When in Japan, you'll quickly realize the country is full of rules—some blatantly expressed and some silently understood by locals—and a day at the hot spring is no different. But, we've got you covered on what to do (and not do) at the onsen.
Love in Japan: Valentine's Day & White Day
Not content with just one day of affection, Japan follows up Valentine's Day with White Day exactly a month later.
Finding an Apartment in Japan
If you're considering moving to Japan, or even just looking to get out of that share house, read on to learn about your options!
The Secrets of 'Gokon'
What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?
East Meets West in Wedding Dress Form
Japanese brides are taking control of their Western-style weddings with a uniquely Japanese flair. Find out how fashion-forward brides are swapping out kimono for dresses without losing cultural significance.
How to Find Love in Japan
You can find just about anything in Japan, from dancing robots to maid cafés! But what about love?
Sai: Humble Village, Proud Heritage
Join us for a brief introduction of the many wonders of Sai, a charming seaside village in the northernmost part of Aomori Prefecture.