All About Japan

Venture out to the LGBT-Friendly City of Osaka

It's well known that opinions about same-sex marriage and rights are still divided in Japan. But Osaka seems to be ahead of the curve.

Beauty for a Bargain

Forget bringing your cosmetic bag on the plane. Once you arrive in Japan, you can stock up on these beauty essentials, each only ¥100!

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?

Living in Japan with Little to No Japanese

Moving to Japan without knowing Japanese may seem like a fool's errand, but we assure you that you're not alone! We're here to show you how easy it is to survive in Japan, even with little to no Japanese language ability.

Questions to Ask Before Moving to Japan

Japan is a dream destination for many. But before immigrating, be sure to ask yourself these important questions.

From France to Tokyo: Working in Japan

Frenchwoman Samantha Lassaux is a sales manager for Meiji Shrine’s event hall, known as the 'Meiji Kinenkan.' Lassaux talks about her work at the historic venue, which was built in the Meiji Period and originally served as a state guesthouse.

Working in Japan: 6 Expats Spill the Beans

What is working in Japan REALLY like? We asked six foreign residents about their experiences and tips for making a living in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Survival Japanese at the Ramen Shop!

Pick up the key vocabulary and phrases that will get you by in almost any ramen spot!

How to Navigate a Japanese Washlet Toilet

If you're confused by all the buttons on a modern Japanese toilet, we're here to decipher all those mystifying symbols.

Japan Opens a Door to Fourth-Generation Nikkei

This summer the Ministry of Justice began granting special long-term visas to fourth-generation Nikkei Japanese. If they meet the requirements, applicants can receive a visa of up to five years with no limits on the type of work they do.

9 Tips for Surviving Crowded Trains

Trains in Japan can become extremely packed—to the point where they feel like they're bursting at the seams! But if you follow these tips, you'll learn how to ride those crowded trains like a pro!

Japan's 1st Transgender Man Elected to Office

In March 2017, Japan elected its first openly transgender man to public office who drew on his own experiences of isolation during his campaign.

Where to Work Remotely in Tokyo

Looking to set up an important meeting but don’t have a permanent office? Or maybe you want to avoid the crowds of popular cafés like Starbucks. If you work remotely, Tokyo is chock-full of work spaces to help get your creative juices flowing!

Wanted: Professional Cosplayers

Dwango, the operators of Japan’s Nico Nico Douga streaming service, want to connect passionate cosplayers with paying jobs.

5 Japanese Phrases to Know at Work

'Gomen' and 'kudasai' are great for travelers and students, but if you’re going to be successful and happy working in Japan, you’ll want to know these phrases as well!

What To Wear: Women Working in Japan

It can be hard for women to know exactly what is appropriate (or not) to wear in a Japanese office. Get the lowdown on the basic rules to follow to avoid faux pas without having to resort to a penguin suit.

How to Get a Working Holiday Visa for Japan

A working holiday visa enables residents form certain countries to spend a whole year living, working and traveling in Japan. So what are you waiting for? Learn how to get that application started now!

know-before-you-go