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Shukatsu: The nightmare of job hunting in Japan

College is a blast for Japanese kids. After all of the time spent studying for entrance exams, they get to cut loose, party, hang out with friends, and occasionally attend class. But in the last year and a half of school, it's time to get down to brass tacks.

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Kokuji – Kanji that’s made in Japan

While writing came to Japan from China and Chinese characters are used in Japanese, there are native Japanese characters called Kokuji (国字).

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Tsutomu Yamaguchi – The man who survived two atomic bombs

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a man that held a unique place in history - he survived two atomic bombings.

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B-grade gourmet: Japan’s comfort food

B-grade Gourmet

There's a new foodie craze in Japan that celebrates the regional downhome cooking you find in kitchens across the country - B-grade gourmet.

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Owl cafes are quite a hoot

Owl Cafe

If you want to experience something out of the ordinary, give owl cafes in Japan a try. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a light meal while an owl hovers over you. If you're lucky, you can even touch them.

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Interview: Scott Gold (January in Japan)


The beautiful, almost meditative video ‘January in Japan’ created quite a lot of buzz when it received the well deserved Staff Pick badge at Vimeo earlier this month.

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How to use Japanese emphatic particles

Ii Ne emphatic particle

Emphatic particles are tacked on the end of sentences in Japanese to express nuances and social aspects of communication.

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Dating, Love and Sex in Japanese

Okay kids, it’s time to have the talk. If you’re going to be dating, or maybe even (gasp!) having sex in Japan, you’d better be prepared!

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Gender differences in modern Japanese

You may have heard a lot of people say that men and women speak Japanese in completely different ways, almost as if they were speaking different dialects.

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Unlocking the mysteries of bizarre advertising English in Japan


The bizarre English you see virtually everywhere is simply baffling when you first come to Japan.

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