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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.

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 Japanese Home is a (Small) Sanctuary

A home in Japan is a comfortable place that will likely only be seen by a small, select group of people—and probably too cramped to host more than a handful of guests at a time! But this lies at the heart of the 'uchi' vs. 'soto' concept in Japan.

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.

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.

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!

10 Easy Phrases for Shopping in Japan!

Reviewing these 10 phrases can make your Japan shopping excursion that much easier!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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 Secrets of 'Gokon'

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

Dating & Exoticism in Japan

Does being foreign really help one date in Japan?

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.

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