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HIGHTECH

Jul 8, 2020hightech
Introduction to Monitoring with Zabbix #6 - Discovery Functions

In the last column, I discussed how you can use actions to perform tasks in response to events generated by triggers. Now let’s take a look at discovery functions that can be used to set up multiple hosts.

Jun 30, 2020hightech
Smartphone Compatible Navigation Technology that Works Inside Buildings and Underground Malls

Navigation in Areas Beyond the Scope of GPS Signals

In the days before online map services such as Google Maps could be used on our smartphones, before heading out to a new destination, one would copy a map from a book or print out a copy of an online map from a computer.

Jun 23, 2020hightech
Introduction to Monitoring with Zabbix #5 - Actions
In the last column, we saw how triggers can be used to distinguish between normal states and problem states based on item values. Now let’s look at how to define...
Jun 16, 2020hightech
Drones Can Now Be Operated Beyond the Range of GPS Signals

Though once considered toys, drones have come to take on important roles such as transporting packages, inspecting buildings and searching for missing people. Recognized for being more manoeuvrable than automobiles, and able to easily reach places inaccessible to humans, they are now used in all sorts of industrial fields.

WORK

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.

Jul 23, 2020work
From Spain to Japan: Honing His IT Skills in the Land of His Dreams

Jose moved from his home country Spain to Japan in July 2018 with his wife and is now engaged in cutting edge IT research and development for a Japanese IT company.
We interviewed Jose, who spoke of his desire to live in Japan and work with the latest Japanese IT technology, and of how he studied Japanese in order to fulfil that dream.

Jul 3, 2020work
How to Prepare for a Japanese Job Interview: Polite Language # 1

In this article we will look at the polite language you should use in a Japanese job interview. It is important to review such language prior to your interview in order to make the best impression and avoid unintentionally impolite mistakes.

LIFE & RESIDENCE

Jul 14, 2020life
International money transfers and Japan: A short primer

Getting money into and out of Japan has never been easy. Since about two years ago, it’s been much harder. Banks everywhere have taken a policy of vetting every transfer — and the person and account making it — extremely carefully.

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

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.

Jun 22, 2020culture
Sake Regional Variation
Sake is not wine, nor is it beer. It is its own thing. However, there are some ways in which these drinks, each with its own long history, are quite...
May 22, 2020culture
A Myriad Leaves: The Timeless Poems of the Man’yōshū

On May 1 st 2019 Japan entered a new official era to mark the new emperor’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. The name chosen for this era, Reiwa, uses two Chinese characters 令和 which were taken from an ancient Japanese poetry collection called the Man’yōshū.

Apr 28, 2020culture
Japanese Wedding Traditions vs. Current Practices

Traditionally the Japanese celebrate their wedding in a shrine while wearing gorgeous kimonos and following a procession led by the kannushi (Shinto priest). From the perspective of an outsider, the event looks very sober and yet imposing probably due to the humility and spirituality that emanates from it.

TRAVEL

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...
Jul 1, 2020travel
Japan’s Seven Best Beaches

Japan’s beach season officially begins with umibiraki (海開き) which literally means the opening of the sea. The dates for this will differ according to region with the southernmost beaches in Okinawa often opening as early as March or April while on the four main islands of Japan it is normally in early July.

Jun 3, 2020travel
The Top Ten Dreamy Japanese Ryokan – Part 2

This is the second part of our two-part introduction to the best and most beautiful ryokan in Japan. Ryokan are a form of traditional accommodation often located in rural resort areas and set amidst beautiful natural scenery.

May 7, 2020travel
Stay at Home and Explore Japan
As we all shelter in place during the global Coronavirus pandemic, the desire to travel and experience the world likely grows stronger than ever. I know I want to get...