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Mountain Day in Japan

Today marks the first official “Mountain Day”, a new public holiday in Japan, to celebrate and give reverence to….you guessed it…. mountains! This is...
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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...
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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...

The Gift of a Memory in Japanese Culture

In Japan, there is a special importance placed upon recollections. It is intriguing that they are often given like presents. However, since...

French Nationals in Japan Dealing with Recent Tragedy

Being away from your family, friends, and loved ones is never easy.  It's especially difficult if you live in a country with a culture that's...

Deck The Halls with…lots of Kentucky Fried Chicken???

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures cooler, and the decorations brighter. Yep, it's Christmas time again, and people all over the world are...

Why Japanese curry is so unlike other curries

When imagining Japanese cuisine, dishes such as tempura or sushi probably come to mind. However in a 2007 poll conducted by The NHK Cultural...

JapanLife App Test: Japan Free WiFi

First off, welcome to this new series where I hope I can share with you many applications I've found for my devices that help...

How to describe pain to your Japanese doctor

The word itai meaning "painful" is one of the first words one picks up living in Japan. That versatile little word can be used...
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Crafting a Revolution

Although sake might be the first alcoholic drink that comes to mind when you think about Japan, beer has been the most popular alcoholic...

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