How to refer to your spouse in Japanese

What you call your spouse in private is your own business, but how you refer to them in public can be a more complicated...

Renewing a Working Visa in Japan

Today is one of those days... The day most expats in Japan dread almost as much as going to the Doctor or Dentist. At...
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Job Hunting Season in Japan – Shuukatsu

It's almost that time of year again when you'll see many recent graduates in their best black suits, roaming the streets to attend interviews...

Lost in Translation

Upon arriving on these shores, you realise that you're definitely not in Kansas anymore. The cultural aspects aside, the language differences are a big...
Homeschooling in Japan

Homeschooling in Japan

Anyone who's visited Japan or seen enough Japanese culture can imagine education in Japan is taken pretty seriously. Kids can be seen in uniform...

Getting an International Driver’s License

A few years ago, I was hired to translate for an engineer who was being sent to the US to meet with customers. I...
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What to do in an Earthquake in Japan

First you feel a little, almost imperceptible, movement. Just as you start to dismiss it as a figment of your imagination, it very quickly...
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How to find fireworks festivals around Japan

OK, I'll admit, this article is a bit late actually. But we just launched our site last week, right in the middle of hanabi...
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Big in Japan – Stephen Carter

Many people come to Japan with the expectation of staying only for a short time, and many do go back home or move to...
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Big in Japan: Tony Torres

If there are still modern renaissance men (in Japan), Tony would be their leader. Take one part Puerto Rican, one part mad cyclist/foodie, pepper...

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