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How Hard is it to get a Driver’s License in Japan?

Each prefecture has its own driver’s license center and test methods, and a resident of a particular prefecture is only allowed to take the driving test in his or her respective prefecture. The passing rate at driver’s license centers is abysmally low, and most Japanese only pass on the second try. As students have to…

Throw your own Tako pa! (Takoyaki party)

There are various ways to hold a get along event with your friends at home, and one of my favorites is the Tako-Pa or Takoyaki Party. Takoyaki party, as we can guess from the name, is basically a meet-up event where people gather usually at one home to make their own takoyaki using takoyaki pans.…

5 Mobile Apps to Enhance your Stay in Japan!

If you are a foreigner in Japan who recently arrived in the land of the rising sun, there are a lot of challenges you might encounter especially if you are not familiar yet with the language. realestate-tokyo.com/ To help you survive, here are the top 5 mobile applications you can use. 1. Google Translate materialup.com/…

Things you Should Know Before Riding a Bicycle in Japan

Consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to ride a bicycle in Japan if you are a tourist. Chances are high you will have your own if you live here. Riding a bicycle in a big city such as Tokyo is not that simple, since you have to get a bit prepared in order…

How to Register Your Bicycle in Japan

When riding a bicycle in a big Japanese city like Tokyo, you need to register your bicycle. Yes, that’s right, you have to treat it like a car in order to be in accordance with the law. But no need to panic, the registration process is a piece of cake. What You Need twitter.com// What…

Essential Budgeting Tips for Your Trip to Japan

Japan is often described as an expensive country to visit, live or work in. However, this does not need to be so and is not entirely true. Accommodation to live in Tokyo can be very expensive, but the same can be said for any other capital city across the world, such as London or New…

Visiting Japan on a Budget: Souvenir Hacks

Regardless of whether you’re a tourist visiting or a foreigner working in Japan, you may feel obligated to buy souvenirs or gifts when you go back home. Bringing back a gift after a vacation, or omiyage お土産, is paramount in Japanese culture. So why not partake in this intricately painful process of selecting an appropriate…

The Water is Rising! – 5 Flood Tips to Stay Afloat

In a land as prone to natural disasters as Japan, you can never be too prepared. Although advanced warning systems and evacuation routes exist, it is important to be prepared for the worst. Even in areas seemingly far from rivers and lakes, floods and landslides are common especially in rainy season. en.alalam.ir/ 1. Documents sibcyclinenews.com/…

Earthquakes: Life on Shaky Ground

If you live in Japan, you are bound to experience an earthquake sooner or later. This might be something new for you and if it is a significant one, it can feel frightening at times. You will never be fully prepared, but becoming familiar with them might help you feel better about them. ubenippo.co.jp/ Japan…

How to Update your Manaca Commuter Pass in 8 Easy Steps!

The manaca is a great little passcard for travel in and around the city. It’s available at a reasonable price and so very convenient to travel from one train line to the next. Although there are many benefits of manaca cards, renewing it can be a bit troublesome. nic-nagoya.or.jp/ I used to always wait in…
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