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If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones. You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!

Grundfos

Group Lead Key Account Manager, Machining Industry

  • Company: Grundfos
  • Salary: ¥6.6M ~ ¥14.0M / Year
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Fluent
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Grundfos, a world-leading manufacturer of pumps and pumping systems, is looking for a key account manager to be responsible for regional and global frame agreements, all aspects included, from legal commercial, quality and delivery perspective.

You must have a degree in engineering ideally in the fields of mechanical, electrical, process or industrial engineering.

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GRUNDFOS

Internal Sales Coordinator

  • Company: GRUNDFOS
  • Salary: ¥2.5M ~ ¥4.4M / Year Negotiable
  • Location: Shizuoka, Japan
  • English: Basic
  • Japanese: Fluent
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

The Internal Sales Coordinator will act as the first point of customer contact via phone, fax, and email. Ensure quality customer service level with quick response time and understanding customer needs. This role will be based in Hamamatsu, Japan.

A Bachelor’s degree is a plus but not mandatory. You must have experience at least 2 years of work experience.

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Grundfos

Service Coordinator

  • Company: Grundfos
  • Salary: ¥2.5M ~ ¥4.4M / Year Negotiable
  • Location: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
  • English: Conversational
  • Japanese: Native level
  • Application: Overseas applications OK

As a service coordinator, you must have experience in process management.
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Hero shot of Hinomaru Bento.

Hinomaru Bento is a bento that consists of just white rice and an umeboshi (pickled plum) in the middle. Around the time of WWII when there was a shortage of food, people ate such a simple food for lunch. But these days, Hinomaru Bento is served with several other dishes, like today’s bento recipe, Hinomaru Bento with Saikyo Yaki Fish.

One of my favourite main dishes for a bento box is Saikyo Yaki. Among all the different kinds of grilled fish dishes, Saikyo Yaki ranks in my top 3 of the main ingredients for a bento box, especially if the fish is black cod (sable fish).

I found frozen black cod cutlets sold at the fish shop close by. I was so excited to see them. Unfortunately, it turned out that the fish was black halibut. But for a piece of halibut, the flesh was quite oily and it was perfect for Saikyo Yaki.

Preparing to make today’s bento is not time consuming because 4 out of the 7 bento ingredients are pre-made. You just need to grill the fish and blanch the spinach (if you are not blanching it the previous night).

About Hinomaru Bento

The word ‘hinomaru‘ (日の丸) translates to circle of sun. But in Japanese, hinomaru means the national flag of Japan (because a red rising sun is in the centre of a white background). That’s why the bento that has a pickled plum in the centre of white rice is called Hinomaru Bento.

Hinomaru flag and Hinomaru bento.

Japanese flag (left) and Hinomaru Bento (right).

You could say that Hinomaru Bento is a patriotic bento due to the history behind it.

During the war, Japanese people were encouraged to live as minimalists, eating such a simple food …continue reading

    

Tattoo-Friendly Onsen In Osaka and Kyoto

Osaka Travel Blog – For first-timers heading to Osaka, this complete travel guide is all you need to plan your trip. It covers all the questions you might have about entering and exploring this wonderful city in Western Japan, and includes helpful tips on how you can make the most of your stay here. Whether you’re planning to stay over the course of a week and want to include day trips from the city centre, or you’ve only got a spare few day and need to max out your hours in the day, we’ve got the necessary information below for you to make the most of your visit.

Osaka Travel Blog – The Accommodation

One of the biggest questions that most travellers to new places ask is “Where is the best spot to stay?”.

Of course, the answer will vary for different types of travellers; some people thrive on the never-ending buzz of the crowds and actually prefer staying smack bang in the city so that the white noise of conversations never really drowns out; others will prefer staying at a location that’s relatively convenient on the outskirts of town so that they can get as much peace and quiet as possible, and don’t mind a little bit of extra traveling. Others still, will not care where they stay as long as it provides easy access to everything that they want to do.

We’ve curated a short but detailed list of areas of Osaka that you might want to familiarise yourself with, as they are some of the most popular destinations in Osaka. We’ve also recommended some highly rated accommodation in each area which might interest you also.

Check out our blog post to choose the best area guide for your accommodation in Osaka: Where To Stay In Osaka >>

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Super Nintendo World Theme Park 2

After many years of delays, Super Nintendo World is finally open at Universal Studios in Osaka. Mario fans can now get inside to experience their favourite video game characters up close and live the life of the platforming plumber.

There’s a lot to do and see in Super Nintendo World and it’s a good idea to have a plan of action ready for getting there and what to do when you arrive. In this article, we’ll explain everything you’ll need to know before setting foot in the park yourself.

Can I visit Super Nintendo World now?

Super Nintendo World opened its doors to the public in March 2021 after a short delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park is currently open to visitors although there are a couple of health and safety measures in place that require guests to:

  • Wear a face mask at all times
  • Maintain a reasonable amount of social distancing
  • Sanitize their hands often

Guests will also have their temperatures taken when they first enter the park. However, there are no further restrictions beyond this at the moment.

How to get to Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World Theme Park 4

To get to Super Nintendo World you’ll need to visit Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. This is located in the Konohana-Ku neighbourhood of the city, to the north of the Aji River and just 5 minute’s walk away from Universal City JR Station.

If you’re already in Osaka, the park is only about 13 minutes away from Osaka Station by JR train. Alternatively, Universal Studios can be reached directly from Shin Osaka station if you’re a day-tripper arriving by Shinkansen.

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Pokéfuta are waiting for fans outside two of Japan’s best museums.

Tokyo’s Ueno Park is one of the city’s biggest tourism draws, and it’s actually several attractions in one. In addition to its shady cherry blossom tree-lined pathways and beautiful lotus pond, the park is home to multiple museums and a zoo, and now it’s added even more attractions with a pair of brand-new Pokémon manhole covers!

These are the first-ever Pokémon manhole covers, or Pokéfuta, as they’re called in Japanese, to be installed in central Tokyo, and none other than Pikachu himself was on-site for a special ceremony prior to their June 14 installation.

Appearing on the first of the two covers is Tyrunt, the Tyrannosaurus-like Pokémon who Trainers can resurrect from a fossil in the Pokémon. Appropriately, the Tyrunt Pokéfuta, which also features Wynaut, is found in Ueno Park near the entrance to the National Museum of Nature and Science, which has an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils itself.

▼ The Tyrunt/Wynaut Pokéfuta is found not far from the museum’s full-scale blue whale replica statue.

Meanwhile, Ueno’s other Pokémon manhole cover stars Baltoy, whose design is inspired by Japan’s traditional earthenware dogu figures from the late Jomon period (c. 1000 BC), and Bronzor, a mysterious steel/psychic-type found in tombs, according to Pokémon lore.

▼ Dogu

Because of Dogu and Bronzor’s connections to ancient civilizations, their Pokéfuta has been placed near the main gate of the park’s Tokyo National Museum, whose extensive collection of artistic antiquities includes dogu.

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‘Cause what better way to celebrate turning 50 than with some “noods”?

One wouldn’t normally associate the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a well-established luxury hotel (and first high-rise hotel in Japan!) in Tokyo’s Nishi-Shinjuku district, with the humble and cheap cup instant ramen brand Nissin Cup Noodle. However, this year they do have one very particular thing in common–each of them is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1971.

To commemorate this milestone, Keio Plaza Hotel chefs and bartenders have (literally) cooked up an extensive menu featuring various flavors of Cup Noodles as the basis for each dish. In fact, the final selections gracing the menu were all winners from a friendly internal cooking competition. Whether you’re planning a short stay at the hotel or are living there for a month, be sure to check out this unusual rags-meets-riches fusion menu.

▼ They’re either mad geniuses or simply mad–we won’t know until we’ve tried it.

Each of the menu offerings falls under the general categories of Western, Japanese, or Chinese-inspired cuisine as well as buffet items and cocktails. Let’s take a look at the fare now in more detail.

● Western-style dishes: Lunch & Dinner 50th Anniversary Collaboration Course (4,500 yen [US$41])

This selection consists of an all-day-long dining course composed of the three dishes detailed below.

Chili tomato Cup Noodles petit chilled salad (3 types, 1,800 yen)

European cheese curry Cup Noodles pot pie soup (1,500 yen)

Smoked salmon and white fish stuffed with …continue reading

    

Parents are less than pleased with overly hands-on approach to education.

In narrative fiction, there’s certain appeal to a teacher with a fiery commitment to their pupils’ academic development. The strong, dedicated educator who absolutely won’t give up on a kid, and won’t let them give up on themselves, is a celebrated archetype of schoolyard dramas in both animated and live-action formats.

But while fans might cheer as the teacher protagonist of an anime or J-drama shows they care enough to physically drag a truant student back to the classroom, that’s not always the best course of action in the real world, as evidenced by what happened in the town of Handa, Aichi Prefecture.

Sometime last fall, an elementary school boy started showing up to school less and less often, and once winter rolled around he stopped going almost entirely. His homeroom teacher decided she should pay a visit to the boy’s house to encourage him back to go back to school, and so she rang the doorbell of his family’s home on a school day in mid-December.

The boy’s parents were not home at the time, but he himself came to the entryway to talk with the teacher. However, he still refused to go to school and eventually broke off the conversation. The teacher then followed him into his kitchen, picked him up, carried him to her car, and drove him to school.

The boy’s older sister, who was home at the time, witnessed the academically motivated abduction and called her parents, who in turn contacted the school before the teacher arrived on campus, and the boy was allowed to return home without attending classes.

“I wanted to create an occasion for him to return to school,” explained the teacher, adding, “I thought I was doing the right thing.”

The school board, however, disagreed, and has …continue reading

    

Only a few days remain for the crane game specialist.

Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood is a mecca for anime and video game fans, with a high concentration of enthusiast oriented shops and venues than anywhere else in the country. But while the otaku flame burns bright in Akihabara, that doesn’t mean every establishment lasts forever, and the lights are about to go out at Adores, a landmark arcade right next to the Akihabara Station building.

▼ The arcade opened in September of 2012.

The first two floors of the bright red Adores Akihabara Building 2 are a game center filled exclusively with crane games/UFO catchers. This being Akihabara, a number of the machines are stocked with plushies, figures, or other merch of popular game and anime characters. Floors 3-10, meanwhile, offer karaoke boxes in a convenient location for belting out a few anison numbers after a shopping trip with fellow fans.

#A3
A3! ちびぐるみ 秋組 本日より登場です😉✨
●摂津 万里
●兵頭 十座
●七尾 太一
●伏見 臣
●古市 左京
の5種です‼
大人気景品なのでぜひお早めにお迎えくださいね😆✨#エースリー #エーステ pic.twitter.com/Bsc8oooeUT

— アドアーズ秋葉原2号店 (@ad_akiba2) June 12, 2021

Adores Akihabara Building 2’s official Twitter account keeps fans informed of new arrivals, such as the chibi Akigumi plushies in the above notice. Their currently pinned, tweet, though, is something less likely to bring a smile to otaku faces, as it reads:

“Thank you very much for your continued patronage. Due to various circumstances, we will be closing on June 30. We wish to offer our deepest gratitude for our customers’ many years of support.”

“Various circumstances” is about as vague as explanations get, but it’s almost certain that the pandemic is a contributing factor. Ordinarily Akihabara draws a huge number of visitors from outside not just Tokyo but from outside Japan as well, and fewer tourists means fewer people …continue reading

    

While counters may seem tricky, they are really useful for saying something quickly. 三本ちょだい (sanbon chodai), for example, tells the listener that you want to be given three chopsticks without the word chopsticks (割り箸, waribashi) actually needing to be said.

However, observant readers will notice something strange about that pattern. Usually the counter for chopsticks is 本, which is pronounced ‘hon’; however, when you talk about three chopsticks, the counter is pronounced as ‘bon’ instead of ‘hon’. So what is going on?

The grammar of counters

Before we look at the pronunciation, it is worthwhile mentioning the grammar of counters. Although there are other patterns, the most common pattern in Japanese is: OBJECT plus NUMBER plus COUNTER with the object occasionally being dropped, as in the chopsticks example, if it is understood by the context.

As with many things between the two languages, this pattern is the more or less the opposite to English, so, for example, we might reply to our host that we want three slices of bread with our soup in English, in Japanese this would be pan (bread) san (three) mai (slices).

Counting with counters

As a general rule, to make most counters, it is simply a case of taking a number and adding the counter to the end. Therefore, ichi (one) plus en (Japanese yen) creates 一円 (ichien) and this is the name given to the one-yen coins.

Easy, right?

It would be except that numbers, as we saw in the chopsticks example, can take different readings depending on which counters are attached to them.

A common challenge for learners is the counter for 10, which is commonly changed from 十 (jyuu)to じゅっ (jyu with a small tsu). This means that the sound following the small tsu has a stronger sound. 十冊 (Jyussatsu, 10 books) is a good example to practice …continue reading

    

So determined to win rare full-sized Hibiki and Yamazaki whiskies we’re willing to spend over US$300 for them.

Just last month, Japan’s popular discount store chain Don Quijote, known commonly as “Donki” in Japan, opened up two never-before seen specialty stores inside Tokyo Station, with one dedicated to sweets called “Okashi Donki” (“Sweets Donki”) and the other dedicated to alcohol, called “Osake Donki“, with “osake” translating to “alcohol” in English.

▼ Osake Donki

When our roving reporter Mr Sato visited the specialty alcohol store shortly after it opened, one thing that left a lasting impression on him was the unusual gacha machines, which cost 3,850 yen (US$31.88) a pop and promised to deliver a mystery whisky product to the user that’s said to be worth more than the price you pay for a go at the machine.

▼ “Whisky Gacha”

This sign shows all the whiskies you have the chance of winning in return for your 3,500-yen investment, and there are only 100 bottles available in every round. At the very bottom, we have the Monkey Shoulder, priced at 3,938 yen, and right at the top we have a Macallan Single Malt (8,778 yen), a Single Malt Yamazaki (10,780 yen), and…drum roll please…a Suntory Hibiki 21 Year Old (priced at a whopping 76,780 yen [US$699.43]), which was named the best blended whisky in the world at the World Whisky Awards 2017.

▼ Prices in red are before tax, prices in black include tax.

When Mr Sato first visited, he wasn’t able to try the machines as they were sadly awaiting stock. However, the memory of the unique Whisky Gacha lived …continue reading