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Essential Items for that Long-awaited Onsen Experience!

Hot springs (onsens) have long been associated with the Japanese culture. They have been soothing the Japanese body and soul for thousands of years. It was first used by injured warriors for its healing effect before it became an important component of cleanliness. hankooksaunaspa.com/ It is said that most people who visit an onsen become…

5 Effective Ways to Help you Learn Japanese!

Whether you started on a whim, or it was your life dream, learning Japanese, as enthralling and challenging as it might seem, is never a light task to achieve. The three writing systems, the huge amount of characters you have to memorize, the different levels of speech politeness, the douon igigo 同音異義語 or homophones, make…

How to Use the Super Convenient Coin Laundry in Japan

Laundry is something we all have to worry about, and if you travel frequently, keeping your clothes clean can be a bit of a challenge. Youth hostels and hotels may offer dry cleaning services, but these can be expensive and costs can add up quickly. Additionally, if you are living in Japan, buying your own…

What’s Shakin’? 5 Earthquake Preparation Tips

Earthquakes are a fact of life in Japan. Being prepared will create less stress in the event of even minor quakes. sumaiweb.jp/ Follow these common sense tips for living on shaky ground. 1. Turn Off The Gas! shinnihongas.co.jp/ Although it is a pain, and seems like just another thing you have to remember, turning off…

Save more Japanese yen with the Nanaco card

Every bill, every dime. Whatever form of money, you name it, Japan has it! Japan is a country of handy dandy’s and if you’re not riding the wave then you’ll get washed out behind. In Japan, point cards can save you from high expenses as your rewards add up while using it. One of the…

Are you ready to work in Japan? All about Job Hunting

Let’s face it, if you are reading this, you probably once considered applying for a job in Japan. Or at least thought about how it would be to do so. Working in Japan… Something like a lifetime dream for some, a challenge or dreadful experience for some. The Europe based Japanese learners have probably heard…

An Essential Guide for Buying a Bike in Japan

Spend just a few minutes anywhere in Japan and you can see just how popular bikes are. Nearly everyone seems to have one, and you’ll often see hundreds parked around every town, city, station or shopping centre. But when you don’t know much about how something works in another country, the prospect of buying a…

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/…
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