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HIGHTECH

Oct 15, 2020hightech
The Easy-to-Use 360° Camera RICOH THETA: the COVID-19 Pandemic Expands its Utility - Even into Space

Even if the pandemic keeps you at home, Street View lets you travel the world

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, stay-at-home restrictions have been put in place across the world.

Oct 6, 2020hightech
For Those Wanting to Work in Japan: Learn Tech in Japanese! Python Edition: Part 2
Python is quite popular in Japan, as it probably is overseas, as well. The Python Engineer Certification Exam I sponsor has been taken by over 10,000 students in its three...
Sep 14, 2020hightech
The New Normal Post-COVID-19: Homecoming and Safety Checks Can Both Be Done Remotely

How COVID-19 changed the way we work

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, people are being asked to avoid going out as much as possible. For this reason, many companies that previously required their employees to commute to an office, have now permitted telecommuting and have hurriedly established remote working systems.

Sep 9, 2020hightech
For Those Wanting to Work in Japan: Learn Tech in Japanese! Python Edition

Japan’s efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic have lead to a big increase in free education websites. Try searching the web for the terms "Python 無料 学習” (muryou gakushuu — free education), and you’ll see you’ll get a huge number of hits. These sites can allow you to study while you’re still overseas, so I highly recommend giving them a try.

WORK

Sep 21, 2020work
A Guide to Work from Home for Beginners

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a major shift in working patterns, and many more people are working from home than before. As someone who has been doing this for over five years now, I’d like to offer some tips to those just settling into their new home office.

Sep 4, 2020work
Interview with Rina from Indonesia on life and work in Japan

Hello, I’m Rina from Bogor, Indonesia.

I majored in Computer Science but since I was a kid I always have interest in Japan. Probably it started in high school, where we had Japanese language class for 1 year. I was good at it, and I wanted to learn more. Since then, I learn the language by myself as a hobby. After passed the JLPT N4 I was thinking to level up my Japanese language skill, hence, I joined a language school in Jakarta while working in an IT solution company as a System Developer.

Aug 13, 2020work
How to Prepare for a Japanese Job Interview: Typical Questions - Part 2
This is the second part of our guide to common Japanese interview questions, in which we provide some pointers and suggestions to help your prepare your answers. In Part 2...
Jul 30, 2020work
Japanese Cover Letters

The practice of writing cover letters for your resume or rirekisho is not traditionally followed in Japan. However, with the increasing internationalization of business, and the spread of online job applications, these have become a more common part of the process. In addition, international companies will require one. This means it’s becoming an important skill to have if you want to work in Japan.

LIFE & RESIDENCE

Oct 13, 2020life
How to Stay Fit in Japan
Living abroad is exciting, but inevitably adapting to a new culture and language has its own stresses and strains. One of the best ways to maintain your physical and mental...

STUDY

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...
Apr 17, 2020study
Quirks of Japanese: Further Abbreviations, and More

Last time, we started on our trip through the more obscure or unexpected twists and turns of learning Japanese (but not the harder parts; the list of kanji is that way if that’s what you want) with an overview of some abbreviations. This time, we’ll pick up where we left off with one particular example, but we’re also going to be taking a look at bits and pieces of all sorts of other things that wouldn’t fill a full article by themselves.

CULTURE

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...
Sep 17, 2020culture
Japan’s Special Seasonal Foods

Japan has a rich array of annual events and festivities that are celebrated through the seasons, each with their own special traditions, and each with their own special foods. In this article we are going to look at some of Japan’s most important seasonal foods, and examine their significance.

Aug 27, 2020culture
The Origins of Zen – A Flower and a Smile
When you think of the word Zen, what images spring to mind? Perhaps you might imagine a dry garden of raked sand and rocks, a graceful black circle penned in...
Jul 21, 2020culture
Things the Japanese do that foreigners might find strange

We often say that the Japanese culture is very different from the rest of the world and it sometimes feels like the codes of conduct expected by society are even the complete opposite of what could be applied elsewhere. Here are some of the first situations that you will most likely come across at the beginning of your journey through the world of Japan.

TRAVEL

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.

Aug 20, 2020travel
A short train and bus journey from Tokyo, for an easy hike around the stunning Nishizawa Ravine
A short train and bus journey from Tokyo, for an easy hike around the stunning Nishizawa Ravine There are some areas in particular which are always recommended for day trips...
Jul 28, 2020travel
Off the Beaten Track: A Short Guide to Sado
Welcome back to another travel article, where I write about places practically in my neighbourhood and wonder why nobody’s gone there. This time, we have a slightly more orthodox pick...