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Feeling Blue in May? You’ve Got Japan’s May Blues, Gogatsubyo

Ever felt the Monday blues? That feeling of dread when you wake up on Monday morning, followed by feelings of sadness, anxiety and overall stress for the whole Monday. That’s pretty much what Go...

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Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Convenience Stores, Konbini

Konbinis are so much more than just a convenience store. They are essential to the everyday lives of residents and visitors to Japan. In times of emergencies or regular days, konbinis provide all mann...

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Golden Week, Saving Grace for Japan’s Working Class

Golden Week is a stretch of public holidays in Japan that crosses from the last week of April to the first week of May. For many of the working class in Japan, it is the ultimate opportunity to catch ...

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What’s My Number Card in Japan? What’s it for and how do I get one?

My Number Card (マイナンバーカード) is a form of ID in Japan. In this article, we explain the benefits you can enjoy with a My Number Card, how to apply for one, and answer some frequently asked questions abou...

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Japan’s Convenience Store, Konbini: Services Offered and Major Chains

I’m sure you’ve heard of the many wonders that are Japanese convenience stores. Offering everything from food, ticket buying, postage services, etc. Konbini has become a necessity to peopl...

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Understand Japan’s Earthquakes to Wipe Away Your Fears

Earthquakes are a common occurrence in Japan. For people that rarely or never experienced earthquakes, staying long term in Japan may seem a horrifying prospect. To elevate your concerns, read about J...

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How to Deal with Trash in Japan

 Every country has their own waste management system. As a tourist or new resident to Japan, it is important to abide by Japan’s rules. We’re here to guide you on how to separate your...

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Food Staple: The Different Types of Rice and Their Cost in Japan

Rice is the staple food for many Asian communities including the Japanese; as a standalone dish like sushi or fried rice, or basic staple in teishoku meals, or dessert like mochi or dango, or even sna...

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Your Guide to Visa Extension in Japan

So you have a visa to stay in Japan, whether it be a tourist visa, work visa, family visa, etc. And you’ve decided you want to stay for longer and you want to extend the period of stay on your v...

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Easy Travel in Osaka: Pitapa and Other IC Cards

Travel with ease around Osaka with Pitapa and other IC cards. Embrace the cashless life, less burden with less cash on hand. Just tap and go with easy money charging at machines or even online. Also u...

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