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  • Japan Business: A Paradise for Entrepreneurs
    March 12th, 2010By Category: Starting a Business
    I have worked around Asia and the experience has been fantastic. On the business front, it has provided markets many times (or orders of magnitude) those I could access from my native Australia. In addition to shear size, these markets come with a population density ... » Continue Reading
  • Final Fantasy Release Day in Japan
    March 10th, 2010By Category: Video
    Just yesterday, Final Fantasy XIII was released in the US and looks set to be a success.  The game came out right at the end of last year in Japan and GaijinPot was there to film the day of release in Akiba. Final Fantasy Release Day in Japan from GaijinPot on Vime ... » Continue Reading
  • Apartments in Tokyo
    March 8th, 2010By Category: Video
    Need to know more about what sort of apartments are available in Tokyo and what you can expect to find in them? Depending on your budget you might want to consider serviced apartments.  This term covers furnished, self-contained apartments designed for both short-ter ... » Continue Reading
  • Japan Second Hand Bookstores
    March 1st, 2010By Category: Video
    Jinbōchō is an area of Tokyo known for its many used-book stores. It is also home to many of the major book and manga publishers in Japan. The streets are literally jam-packed with bookstores. Shops of every size and shape line the streets. Second-hand books and used-ma ... » Continue Reading
  • Setagaya burger master with a traditional touch
    February 26th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Man cannot live by hamburgers alone. But tucked away in a side street in Sangenjaya, Setagaya Ward, Hirotsugu Hagiwara practically does.  He runs a delightful gourmet hamburger restaurant named Hara Kara where the amiable Hagiwara serves up healthy and filling gourm ... » Continue Reading
  • Japanese Maid Interview
    February 24th, 2010By Category: Video
    Now synonymous with Japanese pop culture and almost a daily sight on the country's city streets, it is difficult to envision a Japan without its maids and the culture they represent. Here GaijinPot interviews one maid about her experiences and thoughts – let us know ... » Continue Reading
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    Custom Cars in Japan
    February 19th, 2010By Category: Video
    Quite a few foreigners have cars in Japan, but just how many have some like this?  This video of Japanese custom cars was filmed during a recent custom car event in Yokohama. Custom Cars in Japan from GaijinPot on Vimeo. See more Japan videos on GaijinPot here. ... » Continue Reading
  • Making Music in Japan
    February 15th, 2010By Category: Video
    Interview with Russian-born, Tokyo-based violinist Dmitry Badiarov. Previously we uploaded a video looking at starting a business in Japan, but for the more artistically inclined, there is plenty to explore as well. Japanese Music from GaijinPot on Vimeo. Dmit ... » Continue Reading
  • Marunouchi
    February 12th, 2010By Category: Video
    Sitting in-between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, Marunouchi is the financial center of Japan and where you would go to find the headquarters of businesses such as Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Bloomberg, Citigroup and RBS.  This video was shot over the recent holiday se ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan Archery and the Coming of Age Festival
    February 10th, 2010By Category: Video
    Tōshiya (通し矢), or passing of the arrows, is an archery event held on the second Sunday of January as part of the Coming of Age Festivities and sees guys and girls from all over Japan converge on the Sanjūsangen-dō Temple in Kyoto. Participants have all turned 20 and ... » Continue Reading