Your Japanese Bank Account and the US Government

You can’t avoid death or taxes, and if you are an American citizen or recognized alien, you can’t avoid reporting your Japanese bank accounts to the American government. Under the United States tax system...

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AmaoJapan Podcast Episode 15

Episode 15 of the AmaoJapan podcast is now available. As with other episodes, this one reviews the day’s news as found on the Yahoo! Japan ニュース web site and other sources.

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How to Read a Japanese Page-a-Day Calendar

Today is January 1, and I already can’t figure out what is happening. That’s because I bought a 日めくりカレンダー (himekuri karendaa), one of those nifty Japanese page-a-day calendars. As a basic date tool, it gets the job...

Japanese Words that Ring in the New Year

Before she moved back to America and took a job at my elementary school, my third-grade teacher had spent the prior two decades living in Japan. She loved to share with her students some of the distinctives of Japanese...

Merry Christmas in Japan!

I celebrated my first Christmas in Japan one year ago, and it was obvious right from November 1—the official start of the Christmas decorating season—that things were going to be different from the American version. For...

Riding Up and Down Japanese Highways

Today is tōji (冬至), the winter solstice and the official start of the winter season. Despite that strict demarcation on the calendar, eastern Japan got an early start this year on a record-setting snow season. A recent...

How to Read an Eye Chart in Japan

I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve passed an eye test before. Sure, the questions were not that difficult: “What letter do you see?” or, “Which way is the ‘E’ pointing?” But what happens when the chart doesn’t have any...