WaNavi Japan

WaNavi Japan is a nonprofit organization that provides international residents and their families with critical information and support to live comfortably and confidently in Japan through various services including workshops, networking, navigation, research, and consulting. The group also provides meaningful opportunities for Japanese and international residents to interact and build personal ties. The inspiration for WaNavi's work comes from the events that deeply affected Japan on March 11, 2011 and the dislocation and concern experienced by international residents in Japan. Part of WaNavi Japan’s profits go to support families who have been directly affected by the Tohoku earthquake.

Articles By WaNavi

Japanese Etiquette Lessons from the Ogasawara School

Do you know the proper way to hold your chopsticks? Maybe that’s too easy—what about how to take the lid off a dish? Or how...

June 3, 2015 | Uncategorized

Learn About and Make Your Own Japanese “Wagara” Patterns

The next time you see a traditional kimono, a Japanese hand towel or a purse, take a close look at the patterns. Notice anything familiar?...

February 11, 2015 | Art & Culture

Otsukimi: A Family-Friendly Celebration of Japan’s Moon Viewing Tradition

Madness, werewolves, and vampire bats: just a few things that have nothing to do with the moon in Japan. While the West likes to link...

August 19, 2014 | Lifestyle

Preparing for Japan’s Yukata Season

It's summer again, and both the heat and a desire for stylishness make tossing on a yukata and going to a festival an appealing way...

July 16, 2014 | Lifestyle

Get Prepared: What to Put in Your Earthquake Kit

Did you know that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake could occur in Japan anywhere, anytime? Japan has the best infrastructure of any country to withstand this...

June 17, 2014 | Lifestyle