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Interested in helping with content moderation or translation? These are great opportunities to practice your editing or translation skills, and add professional, visible real-world experience to your resume.

Interested in marketing? We also need help expanding upon and building new English language and living in Japan partnerships, including backlinks and the option for building an ads component to help fund the site.

Kyoto JETS

KYOTO JETS is a website run by the current PAs in Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture for the purpose of distributing information and providing support.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact one of the Kyoto PAs at any time!

Tofugu

Tofugu started out as a college course project in 2008. It was rooted as a Japanese language blog for English speakers. Over the years Tofugu began to find its niche and evolved into a full-time business.

Today there are two facets of Tofugu: the blog and the company.

BLOG

Most people are familiar with our wonky Japanese language and culture blog, which is what you are seeing at this very moment.

How do I exchange money? What's the best conversion rate?

There are many options to exchange money in and out of Japan. Better rates can usually be found upon arriving in a destination country when traveling. Airport rates can also usually be worse than exchanges one your pass through immigration, but this can depend upon the country and situation.

Feel free to include your personal experience with any countries you've travelled in!

Booking websites for flights, accommodations, tours, etc.

Expedia Japan - 

Kayak - 

Vayama - 

Student Universe empowers young adults to experience the world with discount travel. For students and those under 26, our cheap flights, hotels and tours make it affordable to travel anywhere you want to go. Although we specialize in student and youth discounts, most of our promo codes apply for all ages.

How do I renew my residency card?

Within two months before your residence card expires, go to your local Regional Immigration Office with the following documents:

1. Application form
2. A 3cm x 4cm photograph of yourself, taken passport-style within the past 3 months (please write your name on the back)
3. Your residence card
4. Your passport OR certificate of status of residence
5. Optional: Application for Indication of Name Using Kanji Characters on the Residence Card (only if you wish to have your name indicated both in alphabet and in kanji characters)

How do I change the tooltips that pop up in MS Word to English (on the KIIF)?

  1. Click on ファイル (File ) at the top of your window.
  2. Click on オプション (Options) at the bottom of the list.
  3. Click on 言語 (Language) on the left side, and then change the ポップヒント言語の設定 (Tooltip language setting) on the right side at the bottom.

Much thanks to Matt Pulzford for looking this up and writing up a mini guide.

How do I fare adjust when my teiki only covers part of the trip?

  1. Find the Fare Adjustment Machine near the gates. It should be yellow and say 乗り越し精算.
  2. If needed, press the "English" button to change languages.
  3. Insert your commuter pass in the upper left ticket slot. (Do this with any small ticket, magnetic ticket, or IC card.)
  4. The screen will indicate how much money you owe. ("~~円不足です")
  5. Insert bills and coins in the appropriate slots. BTW you can stack multiple bills!
  6. (If charging funds to an IC card, the screen will ask you if you need a receipt.

Photoshop Quick Start Guide

Attached  is a  Quick start up guide on how to Open a file in PS, set it up to work with, and save the file after the image is edited.

There is also a brief breakdown of recommended Adobe programs.

This document also contains helpful links to free tutorials and websites that can help you become the PS master you have always wanted to be.