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    Banks and other places close for New Years, plus other stuff

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

     Just a reminder that banks close for New Years holidays.  Don’t get caught without cash.  Grab a few extra ichimans today while you still can.  Also, various stores will close and others will change their opening/closing times.  If you need to, stock up on things like food, diapers, etc. Also, be on the look out […]

    Mos Burger has jalepenos

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    Jalepeno peppers are my favorite sandwich condiment.  Whenever I’d go to Subway back in Texas, I’d always have them pile on the jalepenos.  Sadly, Subway here in Japan doesn’t offer jalepenos (at least not any Subway near me!).  My import store doesn’t even sell them!  What can I do? Mos Burger. Not only is Mos […]

    Nothing says Japanese Christmas like Tsurushigaki (aka Looking Out My Window In Japan)

    Sunday, December 14th, 2008

    If you were to look out my apartment window, this is what you’d see: Yes, that’s right.  The apartment across the street!   Not very exciting.  But if you look a little to the left, you’ll see this: Some more apartments, some cars, a pair of rice fields and… tsurushi-gaki! So wait, what’s tsurushi-gaki?  I’ll […]

    NihonHacks Breaks 1000 subscribers!

    Friday, December 12th, 2008

    I checked the front page today and saw this: Wow! 1000 subscribers! I never imagined I would reach so many people, especially not this quickly. Thank you everybody for your continued support! I love you guys. Now I have a favor to ask. Think of it as a Christmas present or a non-denominational winter gift […]

    Free Book Alert: Japanese Gaming Centers!

    Friday, December 12th, 2008

    Shane over at The Nihon Sun is giving away a free book. In her words: If you have ever been to a Japanese Game Center or want to learn more about the gaming scene in Japan then you need to read Arcade Mania!, The Turbo Charged World of Japan’s Game Centers. The book is filled […]

    Rice Pancakes For Breakfast

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

    Reader Bob sends in this delicious hack: Thomas, I enjoy your nihonhacks site and I wish it had been available to us when we lived in Tokyo from 1988 to 1991 and again from 1996 to 1999. Another use for leftover rice that we enjoy is to make rice cakes for breakfast the next morning. […]

    Two hacks from Indonesia: soothe those burns

    Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

    A blog I subscribe to, David Goldsworthy’s Indonesia Blog, has a cool post about curing two kinds of burns: skin burns and the burns you get from eating spicy food. To cure skin burns, put toothpaste on them (the white kind) and wait 20 minutes. No blisters. If you eat something spicy and its too […]

    December Hacks from the Past roundup

    Monday, December 8th, 2008

    Hacks from the Past is a series of posts that I will do monthly that will go over past hacks so that new readers don’t have to bother digging through the archives. Here are December’s Hacks from the Past: How to find a Christmas Tree in Japan Part 1 – Name says it all. Are […]

    Free Japanese Classes at

    Sunday, December 7th, 2008

    Koichi from tofugu sends in this awesome tip: How’ve you been doing lately? This is Koichi from Tofugu. Thank you for adding me to the “Hacks from the Past” roundup :) I’ve been enjoying the furigana extension from Open Office as well – I think I’ll do a writeup on that (with source, of course~) […]

    Good luck on the JLPT

    Saturday, December 6th, 2008

    For those of you taking the JLPT tomorrow, good luck!  Let’s all 合格 this thing! Don’t forget to bring: Your test voucher Pencils ID (Gaijin card or passport) Your lunch Watch Study books to cram in between test sections

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