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Driving in Japan

As in many countries, city traffic in Japan may be congested and not much fun. But once you get into the countryside and the mountains, driving in Japan can be a real pleasure.

Essential Tips for Navigating Trains

Day-to-day transit in Japan can be confusing for the uninitiated. Don't worry! We're here to help.

When You Wish Upon a Pun

There’s a special reason why Japanese people offer ¥5 coins at temples and shrines.

The Ins & Outs of 'Omotenashi'

'Omotenashi' is often defined as the spirit of hospitality, but it encompasses so much more.

The Custom of Communal Cleaning

While the spirit of cleaning is taught in Japanese schools, the principle very likely originated in Zen Buddhism, and continues on into adulthood.

Top 5 Job Sites in Japan

We've gathered the best English-language sites to help you with your job search in Japan!

The Dos & Don'ts of Staying at a 'Ryokan'

Before staying at a traditional Japanese 'ryokan' inn, you may want to brush up on these etiquette rules.

The Bilingual Epic of a Ramen Adventurer

Brian MacDuckston has devoured more than 1,000 bowls of ramen since arriving in Japan in 2006.

Visiting 5 Landmarks of Haruki Murakami

Explore five Hanshin-area locations that appear as settings in Haruki Murakami's novels, as well as the landmarks of his life.

9 Cleaning Supplies from the ¥100 Store

These inexpensive products are perfect for your New Year's cleaning!

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.

8 Unique Rules of Japanese Public Spaces

While breaking these rules won’t send you to jail, you should know what behavior to avoid before bringing it to Japan.

First Day for a ‘Shakaijin’

So you've been hired to be part of Japan's work force? Congratulations! Check this out for some helpful tips and explanations about your first day.

The 6 Main Types of 'Omamori'

These good luck charms can provide you with all kinds of special help!

A Helpful Guide to Healthcare in Japan

No matter where you live, it's good to have at least a general sense of how the health and medical care system works.

10 Ways to Improve Your Japanese with Karaoke

How do you level-up your Japanese with karaoke? First read the advice, then check out our list of 10 karaoke songs that will wow your singing partners and build your language skills at the same time!

A 13-Point Guide to Japanese Alcohol

Walk through 13 of the most fundamental types of alcohol in Japan. You know what's at the top of the list—but do you know the other 12?

How & When to Apologize in Japan

Apology is a kind of social currency in Japan. But using it well isn't just about knowing what words to use—you also need to know when and how to use them!

8 Accommodation Options in Japan

So, you're planning your first trip or long-term move to Japan and you’re afraid you’ll end up under a bridge, alone and cold, unable to find a roof? This article is for you!

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