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Apr 7, 2020hightech
Teaching of a Samurai Engineer 8: Cookies and Sessions, part 2 (Implementation: Cookies)

Last time, we mostly looked at the difference between cookies and sessions (relating to PHP-provided sessions.
This time, let’s go a bit heavy on the code, and learn about things to watch out for during implementation.

Mar 31, 2020hightech
Artificial Intelligence and RPA Business Skills to Learn in Japan

The age of Artificial Intelligence and RPA (i.e Robotic Process Automation) has finally reached Japan in full force.

Mar 24, 2020hightech
Passing through ticket gates with “Face Pass” and “Touchless” Technology
For the latest technology, head to the station Japan’s well-developed railway network plays a fundamental role in many areas of life, from urban districts to provincial towns. As many people...
Mar 17, 2020hightech
Introduction to Monitoring with Zabbix #3 - Hosts and host groups

In the last column, I explained open-source consolidated monitoring system Zabbix’s external and internal monitoring functions and its other monitoring functions. In this installment, we’ll look at hosts and host groups, which contain monitoring items.


Apr 10, 2020work
Rirekisho: How to Fill In a Japanese Resume

Unlike many western countries I’m familiar with, the Japanese CV format is almost totally standardized. Naturally, some companies (particularly tech ones) may ask for additional or alternative forms more like the CV or resume you’re familiar with, but understanding the Japanese one is going to be essential for looking for work here.

Mar 12, 2020work
Mind Your Manners! The Correct Etiquette for Japanese Job Interviews

If you have been offered a mensetsu (面接, interview) with a Japanese company, it is important that you prepare yourself in advance for the Japanese interview style. Interview etiquette is strictly regulated in Japan, with a set pattern of things you should and should not do. In this article, we offer tips for each stage of the interview process.

Feb 27, 2020work
So, You Want to be a Freelancer: Part 1 – For those already in Japan

This series will look at issues with becoming a freelancer in Japan. It will focus on several points, including official procedures. We will examine general issues for people working in various fields but I will include field-specific information when possible.

Feb 13, 2020work
How some companies want to improve the working conditions in Japan

Japan is well-known for its zealous workers and what often comes to mind when referring to its office workers are usually exhausted employees passed out on the train.


Apr 3, 2020life
Disaster Preparedness in Japan

It is an unfortunate reality that Japan is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters.


Mar 26, 2020study
Phrases for the Office
The road to effective Japanese fluency is a long one, and while there are no shortcuts to real mastery, a few targeted phrases can not only help you communicate more...
Mar 2, 2020study
Wasei-eigo: False Friends in Japanese

When you live in Japan, from time to time you will encounter words or expressions dropped here and there in casual conversation that might seem familiar, but which you don’t quite understand. These are wasei-eigo (和製英語 — literally "English made in Japan"): pseudo-English words and phrases used in the Japanese language that can actually be quite confusing for native English speakers.

Feb 10, 2020study
Quirks of Japanese: Contractions and Abbreviations

Welcome to a new series, where I’ll be walking you through some of the stranger twists and turns of the Japanese language. As languages go, it’s probably the most reasonable one I speak (certainly makes more sense than English), but it’s different enough from most other languages that there are still lots of things to trip over for a potential student.


Apr 7, 2020culture
Kodomo no Hi: Children’s Day in Japan

Children’s Day, which is called Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日) in Japanese, is a national holiday in Japan held every year on May 5th to celebrate happy and healthy children and to express gratitude to their mothers.

Mar 17, 2020culture
The Story of Kotatsu: Keeping Warm and Cozy in a Japanese Winter

Prior to living in Japan, I had a rather hazy image of it as an exotic land with a sultry climate. Summer in Japan is indeed hot and humid, but unless you live on the southernmost subtropical islands of Okinawa, you will find that Japanese winters are very, very cold.

Feb 25, 2020culture
Hina Matsuri – Japan’s Colorful Festival of Dolls

Hina Matsuri (雛祭り) is a special festival which is held in Japan every year on March 3rd. This festival, which is known either as "Girl’s Day" or "Doll’s Day" in English, is a family celebration for young girls and is dedicated to their health and happiness.

Feb 21, 2020culture
Oden – Japan’s heart-warming winter hotpot
Oden is a traditional hotpot dish served in autumn and winter consisting of varied ingredients stewed in a light soy-based dashi broth. The actual ingredients consist of some essential items...


Mar 26, 2020travel
The Top Ten Dreamy Japanese Ryokan – Part 1

Ryokan (旅館) are traditional Japanese inns which are often located in rural resort areas and set amidst beautiful natural scenery. Usually they feature such elements as tatami flooring and futon bedding in the guest rooms, and communal bathing areas.

Mar 4, 2020travel
The Ten Best Places to See Cherry Blossom in Kyoto
It is not long now before the hanami (花見, cherry blossom viewing) season is upon us. One of the most famous locations to view the sakura (桜, cherry blossom) is...
Feb 13, 2020travel
Ojiya: beautiful any time of the year
Ojiya (小千谷/おぢや) is a bit of a special city to me. Even before I lived anywhere in the same prefecture, it was a family destination for several trips. A few...
Jan 22, 2020travel
Kyushu Leg One: Fukuoka, Saga, Oita
Kyushu is off the southwest tip of the main island of Honshu, and is separated from the mainland by the Kanmon Strait, a narrow strip of water you can actually...