The Hyogo Times: February

Check out the February issue of the Hyogo Times for a preview of the PunkSpring concert line-up, travel reviews of Malaysia and Thailand, the latest installment of The Durants, and more. As always, head over to the Hyogo Times Website for more articles and past issues.

The Hyogo Times: January

Check out the January issue of the Hyogo Times for an interview with Tokyo band DYGL, a review on the Serial podcast, Kobe Luminarie and Ako Gishi-sai photospreads, and more. As always, head over to the Hyogo Times Website for more articles and past issues.

The Hyogo Times: November

Check out the November issue of the Hyogo Times for classroom management and lesson ideas, autumn leaves off the beaten path in Kyoto, music reviews and previews, and more. As always, head over to the Hyogo Times Website for more articles and past issues.

The Hyogo Times: October

Check out the October issue of the Hyogo Times for reviews on live concerts and travel, inside info on Osaka’s Koreatown, the October event calendar, photo spreads, and much more! As always, head over to the Hyogo Times Website for more articles and past issues.

The Pension Refund

During our time on JET, we have been paying into the Japanese pension system. After we leave JET, we are eligible to receive a portion of this money back. There are two payments we are eligible for: the Pension Refund and the Pension Tax Refund. Although we are eligible for these, you will not receive […]

Status of Residence: Temporary Visitor

The following information has been taken from CLAIR’s 2014 After Jet Guide. CLAIR is not responsible for Visa issues and the following information should be useful only as a guide. To ensure that the following information is correct for your own situation, we suggest that you contact the Kobe District Immigration Office at 078-391-6377. If you […]

Running in Hyogo

This page is a resource for running (marathons, etc.) in Hyogo-ken and Japan. Running is quite popular in Japan and races tend to be well organized, heavily participated, and a lot of fun. Note that in Japanese the word “marathon” (マラソン) tends to be used to mean any length of race. Thus a マラソン could […]

Language Studying Tips

Kanji Many Japanese teachers and language texts advise learners to hold off on studying kanji. There are a few reasons for this: they believe that kanji are too difficult for foreigners to learn. they think that the learning of kanji will take away from the time needed to study grammar, vocabulary, etc. many of their […]

Proficiency Tests

There are a number of proficiency tests for Japanese. The most well-known is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験 nihongo noryoku shiken), called the JLPT for short. There is also the Business Japanese Proficiency Test. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) The JLPT is held twice a year, in summer and winter. You can take […]

Japanese Classes

The Hyogo International Association in Kobe offers evening Japanese classes for foreign residents for a nominal price of 2,000 yen per semester: Hyogo International Association. (Find the English PDF at the middle of the page.) Sign-up is on a quarterly basis and first-come first-served. There are a number of other places in Hyogo Prefecture that […]