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“Taking the Plunge”: Perspectives from a Seasoned Expatriate in Japan

Despite never having met Brad, there was almost an expected sense of familiarity before meeting. I knew we shared some kind of common background hailing from the same alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin; his firm Texan handshake and relaxed demeanor only served to confirm my expectations. He suggested a Japanese restaurant within…

Mobile Apps Helpful for Job-Hunting in Japan

Japan is famous for being a country with many principles and standards, one of the most methodically rigid processes being job application in Japanese companies. These rules and principles apply to everyone who wants to work at a Japanese company, regardless whether you are foreigner. Knowing the most basic principles is a prerequisite to your success while…

Tips for Staying Dry During Japan’s Rainy Season

Picture this: You’re in Japan during the summer enjoying yourself, when you suddenly smell the telltale scent of rainclouds. The sky is darkening, the wind is picking up, and you can feel drops of moisture in the air. Japan’s rainy season is nothing to take lightly, with a monthly average of 15 centimeters of rainfall…

Adjusting To Life In Japan – What I Wish I Knew

Moving to or even visiting Japan sounds exciting. A new country filled with culture, history, and innovation is a perfect place to explore. However, like any other place away from home, it is easy to find the negative in everything out of the norm. As a highly adaptive individual, I did not have many problems…

Things in Japan that Tourists Hate

Japan is a dream destination attracting people of all ages and walks of life. The attraction is mutual, as Japan’s government is setting a goal of welcoming 40 million tourists in 2020 and 60 million by 2030. However, as in all popular tourist destinations, miscommunications arise, creating discomfort in both locals and visitors. The problems…

Japan Has a Mascot For Everything – Even Piracy

Everybody knows how large Japan’s entertainment industry is. From blockbuster video games to manga one-shots, you can find a wide range of genres and interests to enjoy in Japanese entertainment. Unfortunately, many of these products are prime targets for theft and piracy. Manga piracy is the most prominent, with entire chapters from popular magazines like…

How to Avoid Culture Shock While Living in Japan

Culture shock is an inevitable topic amongst expats in Japan. Inevitable social misinputs and missed social cues can wear anyone down. After the novelty of being surrounded by the Japanese language wears off, some people find themselves socially isolated and functionally limited because of their lack of Japanese ability. Having to go through an awkward…

Survive Japan’s Trains With This Guide

While Japan’s rail system is famed around the world for its scope and efficiency, it can be an intimidating thing to go through for someone new to Japan. Busy maps, crowded stations, and the ever-present Japanese language barrier can make it challenging for newcomers to efficiently travel on Japan’s many trains and subways. On top…

Interning In Japan – Tips and Tricks

It is human nature for every single person to have the innate feeling of wanting to explore. Personally, there was always something in me yearning for more. Beginning college, I was shaken by a feeling of complacency and it was a feeling that made me angst. I am young and in college, what was I…

5 myths about Japanese subways that aren’t always true

With more than 8 million tourists visiting Japan each year, many stereotypes have been created to explain Japanese culture to friends and family back home. However, there are almost always exceptions to these stereotypes, none more evident than those pertaining Japanese public transportation etiquette. Learn these 5 myths before your first trip to Japan so…