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  1. Surviving Tokyo with Michael Korshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10334-surviving-tokyo-with-michael-kors

    It’s a running joke amongst my friends how I literally live out of my bag. I’m proud to say I honestly think I could survive at least three days comfortably barricaded in a janitor’s closet somewhere if the zombie apocalypse triggered a Tokyo...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  2. Market, Market, Market - How to Be a Freelance English Teacher in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10326-market-market-market-how-to-be-a-freelance-english-teacher-in-japan

    Welcome to Japan--land of ramen, birthplace of Pikachu, and inventor of panty-selling vending machines. Who needs the American dream when you can be an American living in Japan? All the freedom and no Donald Trump! Well, kind of. Assuming you get the...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  3. Life in Japan - Why Americans Are So Fathttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10014-life-in-japan-why-americans-are-so-fat

    moving to Japan from the US, I had been a vegetarian for 8 years (age 18-26). I originally became one because I thought it healthier to cut meat out altogether as a source of calories. Hopefully, not eating meat would reduce my caloric intake and...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  4. December 2004 - Gettin' in the Newspaper, Japanese Class, Parties, and Concertshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10029-december-2004-gettin-in-the-newspaper-japanese-class-parties-and-concerts

    Time in the Newspaper My student Ayumi works for the Asahi newspaper here in Tottori, and she asked if she could interview me. It was fantastic PR because she focused primarily on Mondaiji (my music/comedy project). The article appeared in the Sunday...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  5. February 2005 - More Concerts, Gettin' in the Newspaper Part 2https://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10030-february-2005-more-concerts-gettin-in-the-newspaper-part-2

    in LA I visited LA for Christmas and New Years. It was awesome seeing everyone again as it had been over a year since being back. The place hasn't changed much, but it was really strange walking around inside my family's house with shoes on. I just had...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  6. How to Survive Driving in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10331-how-to-survive-driving-in-japan

    To drive or not to drive. That is the question on the minds of many gaijin (foreigners) in Japan, particularly those who are required by law to get a driver’s license in the country. If you live in urban centers such as Tokyo, Nagoya, or Osaka, you may...

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    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  7. What Japan Taught Me About Americahttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10076-what-japan-taught-me-about-america

    Growing up I never considered my home country to have much of a culture of its own. Elementary school textbooks described it as a "melting pot" of other cultures, or more accurately, a "salad." However, much to my chagrin, America does indeed have a...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  8. Training the Train Molesterhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10342-training-the-train-molester

    Wait...is that his hand down- what?!? Oh, shit. This is real life. Being half asleep coming back from an exhausting job in Shibuya and on my way to a photoshoot, I wasn’t sure if this was me being half-delusional on behalf of lack of sleep or...

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    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  9. Beating the Winter Chill the Japanese Wayhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10339-beating-the-winter-chill-the-japanese-way

    Japan's winter wonderland will soon be upon us. Are you excited? Please don't answer that. It's a good idea for us foreigners, especially those who have yet to experience the biting cold brought about by the season, to start preparing for it. This is...

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    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  10. Life in Japan - How to Save Moneyhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10209-life-in-japan-how-to-save-money

    Japan--especially the megalopolis areas like Tokyo are notoriously expensive. Finishing the day with a non-empty wallet or bank account can prove a disheartening day-to-day challenge. I offer some tips on how to save money in Japan. Go With the Flow...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  11. Q & A About the Japanese Entertainment Industryhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/show-biz/10027-q-a-a-about-the-japanese-entertainment-industry

    Recently a friend of a friend contacted me with questions regarding my experiences in the Japanese entertainment industry. Below is my reply. How hard has it been for you to break in? The biggest advantage with my comedy has been simply being a...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Show Biz
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  12. Life in Japan - How I Cut My Mobile Phone Bill In Halfhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10181-life-in-japan-how-i-cut-my-mobile-phone-bill-in-half

    I had had enough of Softbank. I wanted out. I had to free myself from their oppressive chains of subjugation. Oh, and I also detest their obnoxious commercials. But at the same time I was married to the iPhone. Au was my other option, but I would be...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  13. Contemplating Japanese Language Schoolhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/studying-japanese/10340-contemplating-japanese-language-school

    Japanese level? Maybe you have just moved to Japan and want to get a leg-up on your language studies? Maybe you have been in Japan for years and would finally like to learn to speak fluently? Maybe you want to move to Japan, but are afraid you won’t be...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: Studying Japanese
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  14. How to Date Japanese Guyshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10336-how-to-date-japanese-guys

    Anime, J-music, J-fashion, the kawaii cult, and the Land of the Rising Sun--more and more women around the world have an ever-growing interest in Japan. The fascination towards Japanese men comes naturally--either from that cute bishōnen in the latest...

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    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  15. June 2005 - April Fools, Jusco Mornings, and Japanese TV Jauntshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10031-june-2005-april-fools-jusco-mornings-and-japanese-tv-jaunts

    Fools! My bosses Akiko and Maiko played an April Fools joke on me. They pulled me into the interview room and told me that I had to be let go. I kinda bought into it before they talked to me (they had me wait a bit) because I've heard horror stories of...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  16. I Was A Freakhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10066-i-was-a-freak

    of college. Maybe it was the unchecked freedom granted after high school graduation, or an overdeveloped need to assert my individuality, or the weed I was smoking--but in short I became a freak. I still am a freak to this day, but 1995-1996 was on a...

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    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  17. Feb 2006 - Decadent Dinners & Gettin' on NHKhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10034-feb-2006-decadent-dinners-a-gettin-on-nhk

    Dogs Are Barkin' I had dinner with one of Kayo's coworkers--an older gentlemen named Uchida-san that really loved talking about his many dogs. He treated us to this upscale Japanese seafood restaurant. You could tell it was a nice restaurant because the...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  18. Why Japanese Girls Are Hothttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10041-why-japanese-girls-are-hot

    expats and foreign tourists. Here is my attempt at a scientific explanation of an otherwise perverted topic. They Exude Femininity Japanese women do anything and everything to assert traditional femininity--and feminine is hot. Most don't leave the...

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    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  19. Stupid But Fun Purchaseshttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10082-stupid-but-fun-purchases

    far from being a shopaholic, but I definitely have a weak spot for electronic toys. I've made quite a number of dumb purchases in my life (most often electronics), but these particular ones reverberate in my wistful memories. Thank God for Ebay! The...

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    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  20. Common, Unique, and Interesting Japanese Girl Nameshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10325-common-unique-and-interesting-japanese-girl-names

    If you ever find yourself traveling through coastal Asia, chances are you will pass through or very close to the islands known as Japan. It is a land rich with culture, tradition, myths, legends, and amazing discoveries. There are also many interesting...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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