Getting to know Japan: links to major sites on Japan, online magazine sites, Japanese language (Nihongo) sites, kanji learning, finding jobs in Japan. Most sites listed here are in English. This site is run by Sam Ito, a former Japan Times editor. 日本を知る・紹介するサイトのリンク（海外向け）。多くは英文です。To properly view garbled characters, if any, your PC needs a Japanese-character decoder (or go to this site for help).
www.japantoday.com Japan Guide, news, discussion, jobs, bars, dating...
Japan Information Network日本についての総合英語情報、文化、統計、祝日... Japan statistics, culture, etc. Great for research purposes.
www.japanreference.com Japan-related links
www.jnto.go.jp/eng The Japan National Tourist Organization
All about Japan http://allabout.co.jp
Jim Breen's Japanese Page Lots of links to computing, Nihongo sites
piqniq.jp Piqniq is a social network for English-speaking families living in Japan. Our goal is to create a Japan-specific online community and information resource to help you and your family get things done in a country where simple tasks can easily become complicated. cf. JT ad 06/11/28p1
Japan Focus politics, economics, society, culture
www.japan-guide.com Schauwecker's Guide to Japan
The Quirky Japan Homepage http://www3.tky.3web.ne.jp/~edjacob/
日英対訳 日本文化キーワード事典 www.japanlink.co.jp/ka/index.html
THE JAPAN FAQ: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO (OR: WHAT I WISH I KNEW BEFORE....) The Complete Guide to Working, Visiting, and Living in Japan
Stanford Japan Guide Comprehensive.
Akibanana.com Akihabara in English
Manga Guide to Japan
Emergencies, visas, embassies, government offices
Police 110 (phone number. This
is an equivalent of 911 in the U.S.)
Medical Resources in Japan (U.S. embassy, list of English-speaking doctors)
Search TOKYO hospitals/clinics by location/station. Find English-speaking doctors, enquiries on Japanese medical system. Emergency translation services through phone when you are visiting a doctor. ("Himawari" English version)
Medical Interview Sheet Translation System (M３) Select your symptoms in English and M3 translates them to the other languages.
Earthquake preparedness Big survival manual Post-earthquake relief (Tokyo) Keep tall/heavy furniture pieces away from you bed. During a quake, they would fly in the air to crush your brain in your sleep. 5,000 people were crushed to death in the 1995 Kobe quake.
Japan Helpline Emergency help. "Whether it is an earthquake, the subway gas attack, or just a toothache in the middle of the night, we are always first to help as Japan's only 24 hour, nationwide assistance service for the international community."
Emergency calls (Minato City site)
Tokyo police information and inquiries. For info on police related matters or for giving opinions and placing requests, call 03-3501-0110 (dialing phone) or #9110 (touch-tone phone) 8:30a.m. to 5:15p.m. on weekdays. Crime, driver's license, lost and found.
Guide for foreign residents (Tokyo)
U.S. passports; driving in Japan; marriage in Japan (U.S. embassy)
Visas (Education Japan site)
Immigration offices in Japan (JapanVisitor site)
Foreign resident registration -- see local government sites. Tokyo
Arrests and jail in Japan Visit the "Safety and Security" section of the American Citizens Services page on the Web site of the U.S. Consulate in Japan
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Ministry, Gaimusho)
Your first move: Those living outside Japan need to get work visas. Whatever
you wish to do in Japan eventually (such as working at The Japan Times as journalist), your first move is to get whatever job you can, get a work visa and
live in Japan.
JET Programme Teach English at Japan's public schools at the invitation of the Government of Japan. Tens of thousands have already done so! Probably the best way to get a work visa and launch a Japan-related career. The monthly pay is 300,000 yen, considerably higher than the pay for young Japanese teachers.
www.jetprogramme.com JET体験談・日本で教えるためのアドバイス JET(Japan Exchange and Teaching program) でALTとして1998-99年に長野高校で教えた英国人David Chandlerさんのサイト。JETで日本に行く人たちのため、彼はThe JET Programme: Getting Both Feet Wetという本を書いた（紹介記事The Japan Times 01/6/22p15
BigDaikon,com is the place for past, present and future JETs
ELT News English teaching in Japan
Council Resources for JETs
Big English/other languge conversation schools:
Some of them, including AEON, recruit outside Japan.
JobTimes a bilingual job search, run by The Japan Times
Pick up The Japan Times on a Monday for the largest selection of jobs in Japan for English-speaking people. See Classified ads.
国際日本語研修協会 日本で勉強している留学生のためのアルバイト情報 in Japanese
Let's Japan information about the realities of teaching eikaiwa
スペースアルク国際派就職 for Japanese
www.eigoJob.com for Japanese
Your first move:
Get a journalism
degree or attend a course in a related field. This is not required, but will
stand out in your resume. Better still if you have a writing/editing job
experience back home. Employers pay attention when qualified people apply
for a position.
you are already in Japan:
There aren't that many writing positions in Japan, and
some firms don't even bother to place wanted ads. You may need to contact them to see if
there have openings.
Google on "be a writer"
Rikai.com www.rikai.com Online character translator. If you speak some Japanese but cannot read kanji, just enter the URL of the site you want to read, and Rikai will help!
Georgia Institute of Technology Online Japanese course, with graphics
Nihongo Mailing List http://homepage.mac.com/nihongoml/
Kanji Clinic www.kanjiclinic.com great tips, links
TheJapanesePage.com flash cards, grammar, culture
E-Kanji www.geocities.com/easykanji dictionary
http://sp.cis.iwate-u.ac.jp/sp/lesson/j/doc/furigana.html accessing the Goo furigana service the page will be returned to you with furigana added to all kanji.
ひらひらの ふりがねめがね furigana
Nihongo Web downloadable visual aids
Japanese Through Anime
BILINGUAL is a Japanese study section appearing every Thursday in The Japan Times.
Hiragana Times A bilingual monthly. Every Japanese story comes with an English translation, with furigana on all kanjis. There is a Web version, too.
J-Life Free magazine for students of Japanese 日本に暮らすさまざまな国籍の人々と一緒に作っていくフリーペーパー JT05/10/8p3
eduFire video learning
Japanese language schools in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto
www.alpha.ac.jp Business Japanese, 日本語教師養成講座も
www.ajalt.org Japanese for busy people
Business Japanese Proficiency Test www.jetro.go.jp/bjt
sites アルク 伊藤サム 無料英語学習.com 英語を学ぶすべての人へ 英語かけこみ寺 エイゴタウン 百万人の英語 英語ナビ 英語と闘うぺぇじ かかってこい！英会話 英語大好きおどろきワールド 創育English
Club Antimoon.com BBC
World Service English as 2nd language
Amazon Japan (free domestic shipping for orders \1,500 or higher), bestseller/ESL links
↑Amazon (U.S.) nonfiction bestsellers; Japanese language bestsellers
http://www.tokyo.to Tokyo Journal
http://kto.co.jp Kansai Time Out
http://www.twics.com/~anzu/index.html The New Observer
www.japan-zone.com/modern/index.shtml movie stars, ...
www.peter.hoflich.com/JapanMusic.html music guide
www.airmassive.com Japanese pop culture, especially the music scene
www.sunfield.ne.jp/~mike/index2.htm Radio JFDS's Japanese Oldies
www.anchovyrecords.com music label
www.photojpan.org/showcase/index.html Photo Japan
www.art-japan.com/e online art gallery, street fashions of Harajuku youth
www.stomptokyo.com/godzillatemple for Godzilla fans
www.bekoku-ongaku.com/index_e.html Beikoku Ongaku music magazine
www.compositemag.com/composite/e/e_main.html fashion magazine
www.plus81.com graphic design magazine
www.shift.jp.org graphic designers
www.skijapanguide.com/index.php Ski Japan Guide
www2.gol.com/users/coynerhm/understanding_japan.htm Understanding Japan
www.coolgirlsjapan.com/home_e.html independent young women
www.esake.com sake expert
www.blacktokyo.com/webring/index.html Tokyo's first black urban web site
www.gate39.com all aspects of life in Japan
www.japanhomesearch.com H&R Consultants upscale accommodation
www.geocities.co.jp/Berkeley/1131 Internet Free Riders
www.ispjapan.org Internet Service Provider guide to types of Internet access in Japan
www.keibunsha.com The Japan Tatoo Institute
Friendster.com Link friends and friends of friends!
MySpace.com For music fanatics.
Orkut.com Invitation only.
TheFaceBook.com For students.
www.GuessWhatIHeard.com For the easily amused.
www.Tribe.com For the indecisive.
43things.com For goal-oriented people.
Gaijin discussion sites
BigDaikon,com is the place for past, present and future JETs.
■e-mail discussion groups
Snow Japan . www.snowjapan.com "the ultimate guide to winter sports in Japan, and popular online interactive community"
www.sunfield.ne.jp/~mike Japan from the Driver's Seat
www.outdoorjapan.com You can meet Japanese and non-Japanese people through activities. like hiking, camping, hot springs, cycling, boating, rock climbing and more
Japan Cycling Navigator www.t3.rim.or.jp/~sayori/
Kampgrounds of America www.koa.com/where/japan has their own Internet access
Travel search engines (global ones)
Japan for Visitors http://gojapan.about.com/
www.ease.com/~randyj/rjjapani.htm Favorite getaways in rural Japan
www.jandodd.com/japan travel guide
www.admillion.com/j-guide/index.htm Japan Sight-Seeing Guide 47 prefectures of Japan
www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Cove/5750/index.html Japanese Railways Page.
The Wind Site: Roommate and Guest Houses in Japan Inexpensive and fun!
Japanese Guest Houses Reserve a room at a "ryokan" (traditional Japanese inn) anywhere in Japan. Free reservation service. Maps
Google > Japan > Travel and Tourism Click "Lodging."
■Apartments for rent
Welcome Chintai Run by the Japan Property Management Association.
Anshin-Chintai あんしん賃貸(Safe Rental Housing) This government-run site includes a limited data base of apartments for rent that readily accept non-Japanese. Useful if you face housing discrimination against foreigners.
English-language dailies The
Japan Times Asahi.com
Daily Yomiuri Mainichi
Daily News Nikkei Net
Interactive Stars & Stripes
Friends Reunited traces old school friends.
www.1837online.com traces your British ancestors. It indexes every birth, marriage and death in England and Wales since records were centralized in 1837.
e-magazines Ezine Directory www.ezine-dir.com
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I just read some your essays and they were all very interesting and informative, including how you got hooked on the language and how you overcame teenage troubles. Many people will benefit by learning about the practical ways you mastered Japanese. So I'll be placing a link to your site.
Thanks and gambatte,
○oita bridger Jul/15/03
You do have one of the greatest collection of links and all!
I have not seen a collection like this kind anywhere.
Please do keep up the good work.
You can call me Simon.
My job is bridging so I call myself the "bridger"
○You should list the Snow Japan website on your page, it would be useful as it is an excellent site. www.snowjapan.com