Seasons in Japan: Four Flavors

Fall in Japan

From the falling of the leaves to the blooming of the cherry blossoms, the seasons in Japan are rooted very deep within the culture. Depending on when you visit Japan, the flavor you experience will vary. That’s not just to speak of the cuisine, but of many different aspects of daily life. The seasons dictate […]

COVID-19 Resources in Japan

COVID-19 Research

Update October 6, 2020: In a bid to fight the loss of international tourism in Japan (down 99.9% according to the Japan Times), the Japanese government launched the “Go To” travel campaign on July 1st as a solution to kickstart the economy after the massive hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An event that caused […]

How to Become an Actor in Japan

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You’ve finally made that trip to Japan and you’ve got those stars in your eyes. If you hadn’t noticed, you might not be the only one. Being a foreigner in Japan, especially in the rural areas, you may start to experience the Hollywood effect. When you suddenly feel like a big deal because you look […]

10 Jobs in Japan (Besides Teaching English)

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Are you thinking about working in Japan, but the idea of being locked inside a room full of children makes you cringe? Well, you’re probably not the only one. Teaching in Japan certainly isn’t for everyone, and while it can certainly be a way to get your foot in the door at some companies (especially […]

Takoyaki Cooker: For Snacks and Fun!

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If you’ve visited Japan before, then perhaps you were lucky enough to discover takoyaki, a hidden gem of a treat. Seeing someone fry those small bite-sized pancake balls for the first time can really elicit that sense of wonder. And if you didn’t already know, you can share that experience and make your own snacks […]

Should You Teach English in Japan?

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It’s a question that has likely burned in the back of your mind at some point. That goes double if you grew up consuming Japanese media and pop culture, and maybe triple if you already know someone in Japan right now. You can only watch so many YouTube videos before you tell yourself, okay, I […]

BA in Japanese: Is It Worth It?

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A bachelor’s degree in Japanese is quite the ordeal to put yourself through, both mentally and financially. Everyone has their own reasons. Some people, like yours truly, just happen to fall into it. One day you’re drowning in a certain field, only to emerge in another, with an interesting and very different skill set. But […]

5 Fun Ways to Learn Japanese

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Studying sucks. There’s no need to sugarcoat it. If you are reading this, then you have most likely read through your fair share of textbooks and whatnot. Perhaps if you are paying tuition to learn, the student debt and classroom environment will help push forward on your quest to be a kanji master, but if […]