Speak up, gaijin-san! Don’t be shy.

What is better than a talking dog? A talking dog that performs for an audience. Welcome to Japan, we hope you like performing. 

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You know youve been in Japan too long when...

You know you’ve been too long in Japan when…

Don’t worry, this is not the standard sneering about compulsive bowing, ramen slurping, or daily bathing. This is for the people who have reached the next stage.

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The Job Seeker and the Life Train

So you are out of work? Unemployed? Between jobs? Idle? Workless? Cashless? Congratulations, you have arrived at the right station. This, my friend, is the last stop.

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My top 3 most bizarre health checks in Japan

The annual health check. Also known as That Unpleasant Afternoon You Spent Being Scrutinized by Japanese Doctors Without Understanding A Thing.

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The Dirty E-word: English Teaching in Japan

You’re not one of those, are you? Those people who come here to prey on the failing and flailing English education of Japan. Those English teachers.

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Why did you come to Japan?

The question of questions. The timeless conundrum and forever unsolved mystery: why on earth did you end up in Japan?

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Dating in Japan as a foreign woman

Dating can be daunting venture, regardless of where you are in the world. Add cultural differences and language barriers to the pot, and you’ll have yourself a lovely trouble soup. So without further ado, let’s open the lid on Japanese dating!

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Japan’s unhealthy obsession with food

Before I came to Japan I didn’t even know what a calorie was. I had never considered a diet nor did I know of skinny supplements. Every once in a blue moon I would step on a scale, but only so I could check the weight of my luggage. All that was before Japan.

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Tokyo crowds. Ahhhh!

Tokyo is the world’s most populated city with 38 million people. That’s thirty-eight million breathing, walking and talking bloodbags in one place. Now, unless you’re one of those mythical creatures who are unaffected by cramped spaces, noisy crowds and stress – you are bound to lose it at some point.  

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The day I spent with Tokyo’s homeless

“I’m going to make the world a better place.” I said the words with confidence, and my reflection in the mirror nodded agreeably. My undergrad self had decided to finally embark on the mission of my life: to solve homelessness in Japan. The revolutionary plan was to use the famous pen-as-my-sword method and write a […]

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