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Popular Festivals in Japan

Almost every town and city in Japan has its own matsuri (festival) celebrating the new year, changing seasons, or a historic event. Author Ruthy Kanagy gives an overview of some of Japan’s more well-known festivals.

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Studying Abroad in Japan

Many universities in the United States have study abroad and exchange programs with universities in Japan that include housing, language studies, and cultural activities for three months to a year. While the options for studying abroad in Japan are too numerous to give a complete list, here are descriptions of several popular programs.

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Thinking About Living Abroad in Japan?

The appeal of living in a different country—as opposed to being a tourist—is that you can go beyond fascination with cultural differences and perceived mystique. Author Ruthy Kanagy introduces the reality of what it means to make the move to Japan.

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Dos and Don’ts When Living In or Visiting Japan

When you visit another culture, you inevitably run into situations where local people speak or act in ways that seem surprising or even rude, based on your internalized rules of behavior. To help you find your way, here’s a quick list of dos and don’ts when living in or visiting Japan.

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Comparing Japan to the United States

When you first come to Japan, you may observe things that look like cultural contradictions, a clash of East and West. Japan has been blending foreign elements into its culture for several thousand years, yet the country remains unique. With statistics on everything from literacy to life expectancy and obesity to oil consumption, Ruthy Kanagy compares Japan with the United States.

Moon Living Abroad in Japan

Born in Tokyo and raised in Hokkaido, Ruthy Kanagy is an expert on Japanese culture. In Moon Living Abroad in Japan, Kanagy lends her insight on how to navigate the language and culture of Japan, outlining all the information needed in a smart, organized, and straightforward manner. Whether it’s an apartment in Tokyo or a […]