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A Comprehensive Guide to Phone Numbers and SIM Cards

Japan is a country known for its technological prowess, and having a local phone number is essential for anyone looking to fully immerse themselves in Japanese society. Whether you’re a tourist planning an extended stay or an expatriate settling into your new life, obtaining a Japanese phone number is a key step. This guide will […]
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How to have an informal conversation in Japanese: Phrases to use

Japanese Romaji English Usage/Context おはよう Ohayou Good morning Kickstart your chat with a friendly morning greeting. 元気? Genki? How are you? A classic way to ask how your friend is doing. 最近、何か面白いことあった? Saikin, nanka omoshiroi koto atta? Anything interesting happening lately? Starting the conversation いや~ Iya~ Nah~ A casual way to express a laid-back “no” […]
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Mt. Takao In the Fall

Nestled just on the outskirts of Tokyo, Mt. Takao beckons with its serene trails, breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, and unique cultural touches. Whether you opt for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, Mt. Takao offers a diverse range of experiences. This guide will delve deeper into the various hiking trails and share […]
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2023 Coto Travel Guide:  Things To Do in Japan in December

Japan is a beautiful country with four distinct seasons. December is the beginning of winter in Japan, and it’s a great time to visit if you want to experience the country’s snow and winter festivals. Here are some of the best things to do in Japan in December. A Quick Jump To… See The Christmas […]
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Conquering the Peaks: A Journey Through Mount Tsukuba

Tucked away in the heart of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, stands the majestic Mt. Tsukuba. Unlike the more famous Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tsukuba, with its twin peaks, offers a unique charm that beckons hikers from all corners. As I embarked on this journey, I quickly understood why it’s known as “The Purple Mountain” – a testament […]
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Otaku Culture in Japan: A Journey into the World of Passionate Fandom

Japan is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, technological prowess, and captivating pop culture. But amidst the neon-lit streets of Tokyo and the tranquil shrines of Kyoto, a unique subculture- otaku culture- has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. A Quick Jump To… Defining Otaku: A Spectrum of Passions The term “otaku” originally referred to […]
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Charting Your PhD Journey in Japan: Admission, Lifestyle, and Balancing Work with Study

Japan, with its unique blend of ancient culture and technological innovation, offers a compelling environment for ambitious PhD students. Whether you’re diving into cutting-edge research or exploring the bustling streets, life as a doctoral candidate here is full of potential. But to truly thrive, understanding the ins and outs of admissions, budgeting for your lifestyle, […]
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A Guide to Self-Introductions in Japanese Job Interviews

A Quick Jump To… In the competitive world of Japanese job interviews, making a strong first impression is crucial. Your self-introduction, or 自己紹介 (Jiko shōkai), sets the tone for the entire interview and gives the interviewer a glimpse into your personality, skills, and motivations. Understanding the nuances of Japanese etiquette and tailoring your introduction accordingly […]
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Where to Enjoy American-style Thanksgiving in Tokyo

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (well…almost), and one of the best parts about it is gathering around a table with friends and family to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. But sometimes, finding a place to dine out for this special occasion can be difficult in Tokyo. Alternatively, perhaps you’ve decided to tackle […]
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Thanksgiving in Japan: Kinrō Kansha no Hi

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. When discussing Thanksgiving, we usually think of the American style, where family and friends celebrate this day together by holding a turkey and pumpkin pie feast. But did you know Japan has a similar celebration?  In Japan, this gratitude is expressed during […]
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Japanese Idols and Celebrities Culture: A Deeper Look

Japanese idols and celebrities are everywhere in Japanese media culture, and their influence can be felt in all aspects of Japanese society. But what makes Japanese idols and celebrities so unique? A Quick Jump To… Understanding Idols What are Japanese idols? Japanese idols are young performers, often in their teens or early twenties, who sing, […]
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Speaking Practice Course: New Online Group Course from September ★

What is the【Speaking Practice Course 🗣️】? ~ Introducing the course and its reviews ~ As its name suggests, the【Speaking Practice Course】is a course where students can converse freely with their classmates to practice speaking in Japanese! ★ Each lesson is 50 minutes, and since each class is stand-alone, you can reserve one lesson anytime! ★ […]
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