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Essential Tips on Immigration Procedures for International Students

Visa and Status of Residence We know that you must be excited to be able to study in Japan, and we do not blame you at all! However, before anything else, there are a lot of procedures and paperwork that you must complete before settling down in Japan. People wishing to study in Japan must apply... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan in April 2021

Tougher virus restrictions expanded to 4 prefectures – Nationwide The Japanese government decided to expand tougher COVID-19 restrictions to all three of the country's major metropolitan areas centering on Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as infections surge less than a month after a state of emergency was ... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan in March 2021

Japan considering coronavirus variant test for all inbound travellers – Nationwide Japan is considering requiring all inbound travellers to undergo a test for new variants of the coronavirus, health minister Norihisa Tamura said. Under the current system, all people arriving from 24 designated coun... READ MORE

Everything You Need To Know About The MEXT Scholarship

Who does not dream of studying abroad? You get to travel, see the world, learn new things and meet new people, all while getting an education at a reputable school. If you are a Japanese language student, what better way to get fluent than to be around native speakers? This, unfortunately, is jus... READ MORE

Dealing with Hay Fever in Japan

Kafunsho, the Japanese word for pollen allergies, is an inevitable topic of conversation every spring in Japan. Due to some well-intentioned but accidentally misery-inducing post-WWII reforestation policies, Japan planted huge numbers of Japanese cypress and Japanese cedar trees all over the country... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan in February 2021

Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo ask gov't to lift state of emergency early – Kansai Three prefectures asked the central government to lift the state of emergency in their areas this weekend over the coronavirus pandemic ahead of its schedule end date on March 7, Osaka Gov Hirofumi Yoshimura said. The governors... READ MORE

Traditional Japanese Art Forms

Traditional Japanese art forms have been a source of fascination and inspiration for centuries, not only in Japan but internationally. This is partly because, among other things, their uncomplicated beauty can be appreciated by almost anyone. From the art of ikebana to the graceful tea ceremony, her... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan in January 2021

Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference – Nationwide Japan's expanded state of emergency went into effect Thursday as the government seeks to stop a surge of new coronavirus infections, though with the restrictions not binding many people appeared to be ignoring the requests to ... READ MORE

Hatsumode – Traditional Shrine Visit in the New Year

What does the word “New Year” mean to you? In some cultures, the first thoughts that come to mind might be watching fireworks or going to a party. For others, the date means visiting family, or making a yearly resolution. For many Japanese, the New Year is synonymous with “hatsumode,” the first ... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan in December 2020

Japan to tighten entry from Britain over new coronavirus strain – Nationwide Japan has decided to tighten border controls on arrivals from Britain as it seeks to prevent the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus detected in the European country, the government said. Starting on the 24th of Dec... READ MORE

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