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Creeps in Japan

Japan is overrun with creeps

Many people come to Japan seeking greener pastures. While the grass may be somewhat greener on this side, it is also full of venomous snakes. Japan’s many creeps lurk in the shadows, waiting to sink their teeth into unsuspecting victims. Like you. 

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The Art of Japanese Bureaucracy

Japan has over the course of many decades turned the traditionally mundane concept of bureaucracy into a polished art form. You can be sure there is more to the slow dance of paper pushing clerks than meets the eye. Behind the scenes, the system runs like clockwork to ensure maximum inefficiency, wastefulness and frustration.

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Making japanese friends

The real reason you don’t have any Japanese friends

You know the language. You know the culture. You know the people. But somehow, you just haven’t managed to make any real Japanese friends. The good news is that it probably isn’t your fault. The bad news? Well…

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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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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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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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Good Manners, Good Tokyo!

Thought you had good manners? Think again. Tokyo Metro Cultural Foundation is here to teach you why.

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