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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.

The Secrets of 'Gokon'

What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?

Why You Should Get a Line Pay Card Now

Are you really tired of paying those cash-on-delivery fees every time you order something online because no credit card company will accept you? If you have a Japanese phone number, the solution is right at your fingertips!

My Life in Japan as an Openly Gay Foreigner

Homosexuality has a long and documented history in Japan, but somehow most people who identify as LGBT would still rather keep their sexuality under wraps. Allow us to share with you one person's perspective on the coming out experience here.

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.

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.

A Quick Guide to the East Tokyo Neighborhoods

With 23 central city wards and multiple towns and villages west of the city center under a singular administration, it will take a while before you can call yourself a 'Tokyo Guru.' For a start, let us take you across the eastern neighborhoods!

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!

All About Japanese Longevity

What's the secret to longevity in Japan? We take a look at some statistics to get to the bottom of this mystery.

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.

5 Outside-the-Box First Date Ideas

There's no better way to get to know your date than to dive into a first-time experience for both of you. Here are five outside-the-box ideas you can try in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas that are sure to give you insight into one another!

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!

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.

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.

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.

4 Things I Wish I'd Brought to Japan

Don't know what to bring to Japan before you move here? Here's some handy advice from a self-described cheapo on how to make the best of your precious luggage space.

Dating & Exoticism in Japan

Does being foreign really help one date in Japan?

Life in Japan for a Trans Woman

As part of our 'Life in Japan' feature, we endeavor to feature people in Japan from all different walks of life. And we were very lucky to learn about the daily life and challenges of a transgender woman living and working in Tokyo.

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.

How to Keep Track of Japan's Cherry Blossoms

Since cherry blossoms only last about two weeks in any given area, the progressing 'cherry blossom front' is carefully tracked on the morning TV weather reports. If you want to follow along online, look no further than the JNTO!

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