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By Peter Frazer | 17th February 2014 | No Comments

Have you been feeling a little off lately? Sure, the dreaded in-fu-ru-en-za has been going around, but I mean something else entirely—something many people ignore: mental health. If you haven’t been yourself recently, you might even be stuck in the grips of stage two culture shock.

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By Ashly Schanback | 18th December 2013 | 2 Comments

For those who may not know, I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, which is famous for its year-round Mediterranean climate (average 13ºC–22ºC throughout the year). Though I spent my university years in a slightly colder and damper Berkeley, California, it was still a shock to my system when temperatures began to fluctuate in the fall of my first year on JET.

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By Rebecca Mesch | 22nd July 2013 | 2 Comments

Looking for a cheap getaway? Have a few unused days of nenkyuu burning a hole in your contract? Look no further than the Japan Railways 青春18きっぷ, or Seishun Juuhachi Kippu.

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By Keith Watson | 27th December 2011 | No Comments

Suffering separation anxiety when parted from your kotatsu? Sub-zero apartments and icy bike rides to school mean Gunma’s cold is already biting. Without wanting to sound like a doom-monger, the worst of the winter is yet to come! Meet the cold head-on and make your pad a hot-haven…

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By Claire Kelly | 28th July 2011 | 3 Comments
I’m melting! I’m melting!

Has your kitchen turned into an oven? Your living room into a sauna? And your bedroom into a hot yoga studio? If yes, it’s likely you’re living in the middle of Japan during the middle of summer. And, oh yeah, in the middle of an energy crisis.