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HIGHTECH

Jan 7, 2021hightech
10,000 People Took the Python Test in Just over Three Years. We Are On Pace for 10,000 This Year.

Hello, Yoshimasa here. Japan’s IT business is adopting Python, along with artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and network infrastructure. Those fields are clearly going to continue spreading in Japan, and as each of them started to break here right around the same time, they have contributed to Python’s current boom.

Jan 4, 2021hightech
The COVID-19 Pandemic Increases Remote Working & Changes Work Styles in Japan

COVID-19 completely changes the working environment of Japanese companies

Railways running in Japan’s urban areas are extremely busy during the morning and evening commuting hours. For corporate employees work at the office is the accepted norm, and although this has recently decreased, previously employees were required to come in to work even during typhoons and other terrible weather.

Dec 24, 2020hightech
A Transparent Toilet in Shibuya & a Hand-washing Device in Ginza Installed as a COVID-19 Countermeasure

Even in Japan with its well-developed sanitary facilities this public toilet and hand-washing device are surprising

Japan receives much rainfall and has lush forests, so water is abundantly available. For that reason, as previously introduced, technology related to sanitary facilities such as toilets has also developed in its own distinctive way.

Dec 3, 2020hightech
QR Codes for Road Signs? Road Design to Change with Autonomous Cars

Current roads are inefficient for self-driving cars

With the practical application of autonomous driving technology as the ultimate goal, test drives of self-driving cars are being held on public roadways around the world. The actual technology has reached a high level of completion and examples of its use for taxis or package delivery vehicles have increased.

WORK

Dec 28, 2020work
Top Tips for Online Interviews

Online interviews, whether by Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts or other platforms, are becoming more common, especially in these days of Covid-19. Here are 12 tips to help you excel in an online video interview and get that dream job in Japan.

Dec 7, 2020work
How to Prepare for a Japanese Job Interview: Polite Language #2

In this article we will look at Japanese honorific language, called keigo (敬語), and suggest how you might use it in the course of an interview.

Nov 11, 2020work
Working From Home: Is It For You?
Working from home is an idea that’s received a lot of attention lately, for school and for jobs. As someone who’s always done this, I mostly hope it sticks for...
Nov 4, 2020work
Becoming a Freelancer in Japan #3 - Finding Freelance Clients in Japan

We have come to perhaps the most challenging part of becoming a freelancer in Japan: how to find freelance clients. So far we have looked at straightforward logistical problems that include universals.

LIFE & RESIDENCE

Jan 5, 2021life
Good coffee for good engineers

Among engineers, there are probably many people who haven’t really left home in a few months. Particularly in US IT work, there have been moves to reduce the amount of required in-person attendance, shrink offices, and focus on remote work.

STUDY

Dec 21, 2020study
How Difficult is Learning Japanese, Really?

There seems to be a general idea that learning the Japanese language is quite difficult. It’s backed up by official sources, too, like the US Government’s Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language studies. The SLS ranks languages by the length of time typically required for native English speaking students to reach “Professional Working Proficiency” in a large number of languages.

Jul 9, 2020study
Top Apps for Studying Japanese

In this article we introduce some of the best smartphone apps for studying Japanese vocabulary, grammar, reading, and kanji.

Jun 18, 2020study
How to Learn Kanji More Effectively
Japanese has a reputation for being difficult to learn for adult students, and that reputation is well-earned. For most, the problem with Japanese is the written language, rather than the...

CULTURE

Jan 14, 2021culture
Japanese Traditional Garden Design Elements

Japanese gardens take many forms. There are large, meandering stroll gardens, hilly landscape gardens that can best be enjoyed from a single vantage point, smaller gardens attached to teahouses, tiny interior courtyard gardens, and stony dry landscapes.

Dec 30, 2020culture
The Top Ten Traditional Japanese Gardens #1

The tranquil gardens of Japan are famous for offering their visitors a sheltered landscape in which to stroll, sit and reflect. In this article we will introduce some of the most beautiful and fascinating gardens from across the country.

Nov 18, 2020culture
Cats in Japanese Culture

"I am a Cat" was the famed Japanese author Natsume Soseki’s first novel — written and published in the early 20th century. The main character is a house cat who, with humor and satire, describes the lives of the upper middle-class humans around it in all their pomposity.

Oct 20, 2020culture
Introduction to Online Gaming in Japan
In many ways, where the internet is concerned, Japan is an unusual country — not least because its adoption of the internet on a wider scale was relatively late, given...

TRAVEL

Nov 30, 2020travel
Staying at a Temple on Mount Koya: The Shukubō Experience
Mount Koya is the location of a historic Buddhist monastic settlement in Wakayama Prefecture which is a popular center of pilgrimage and also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located...
Oct 30, 2020travel
Japan’s Best Hiking Locations

Mountains cover around 70% of Japan and as hiking is a popular pastime in this country, its hiking trails are well-maintained, clearly sign-posted, and very easy to access. Even if you are based in one of Japan’s major metropolitan centers you are never more than a short train ride from a scenic mountain trek.

Oct 12, 2020travel
Step Back in Time to Visit Edo Japan

Japan has a reputation for high tech products and futuristic convenience, but much of the country has also maintained a historic flavor. You might not believe it as you walk through the glittering scene of Shinjuku, but it is not at all hard to find neighborhoods, and sometimes whole towns, that still look much like they did during the feudal Edo period (1603-1886).

Sep 25, 2020travel
Japanese Business Hotels – The Best Budget Travel Option in Japan

If you are traveling on a budget in Japan and wondering how to find cheap hotels, then business hotels are an excellent option. Japanese business hotels occupy an inexpensive but comfortable middle ground between pricey accommodation options such as tourist hotels and luxury ryokan inns, and extremely cheap but basic options such as pods in capsule hotels, booths in internet cafés, and bunks in hostel dormitories.