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All About Drones in Japan

Do you think drones are just toys, or the wave of the future? See how some people have caused a stir in Japan with drones—and what the government is doing about it!

How to Play Go

If Google's AlphaGo program can learn this traditional two-tone board game, then so can you!

Samurai Guide: How to Wear a Sword

Not sure if samurai wore a sword with the handle pointed up to the heavens or down toward the earth? The answer may surprise you!

Japan’s Top Cold Medicines

Never miss a day of work with these in your medicine cabinet!

How to Mind Your Business English

Looking for a way to get out of the classroom and into the boardroom as an English teacher? This guide will give you the basics to know if it's right for you.

How to Be a Ninja in 6 Minutes

Want to be a ninja but don't know how? Fear not: Joe Bareta and his epic mustache are here to help you out!

How to Use 'Omiyage' in the Workplace

Effective 'omiyage' use can actually play a big part in getting ahead at work!

How Japan Deals with Digestive Problems

Even the land of the rising sun occasionally has stomach problems. Between the language barrier and the sheer amount of medicines available, such delicate situations can be a lot to digest. We're here to help!

All About Gachapon

Get all the info you need to understand Japan's popular capsule toy machines.

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!

Advanced Japanese Dining Etiquette is Hard!

Think just not standing up your chopsticks in the rice bowl is enough? Even some Japanese diners—and long-term residents—don't know these detailed etiquette tips!

How to Survive the Last Train in Tokyo

Despite being Japan's most populated city, trains still stop around 1 a.m. in Tokyo. So how do you survive the crowded crush on that final train home?

How to Spend your Golden Week in Nagoya

How do you spend four days of holidays in Japan? Try heading to Nagoya!

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Skin Care

Japanese women follow a five-step skin care regimen. Intense? Maybe. But emulating the process can grant you amazing benefits to your skin, and at a reasonable price.

6 Ways to Be an ALT

Teaching in Japan is a big decision, and there are a lot of options available. If you decide ALT is the way you want to go, we're here to help you figure out the path that's best for you.

Why Japan Loves Fish

Food culture expert Takeo Koizumi explains exactly why fish are so central to Japanese cuisine culture.

Why Japanese People are Obsessed with Sakura

Cherry blossom viewing parties aren't just an excuse to get drunk in a public place, but a traditional practice of celebrating the coming of spring that has become an important part of Japanese custom.

5 Fabulous Japanese Makeup Tutorials

Japanese makeup can almost be a way of life. While these sometimes classic, sometimes ultra-trendy and wild makeup looks appear difficult, they’re actually quite easy to pull off with a little practice.

Sake School: How to Pair Fish with Sake

Take a look at some basic guidelines for finding the best sake to drink with seafood.

How to Shop The Wonder 500™

You don't necessarily need to come to Japan for traditional local products—get your hands on The Wonder 500™ by shopping online!

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