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By Christopher De Borja | 5th March 2014 | No Comments

So maybe you got some chocolates on Valentine’s Day from the ladies in the office… pretty sweet deal, right? Yes, but did you know you are expected to return that favor exactly one month later?

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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.