2015 September

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…

Koizumi Yakumo: Wanderer turned famous Ghost Writer

If you don’t know much about Japanese history, the best way to start is by getting to know some of the famous historical figures of Japan, to catch a glimpse of their personal backgrounds. As an early Westerner in Japan, the prominent literary figure of Lafcadio Hearn is an interesting person to learn more about.…

How do the Japanese Celebrate their Birthdays?

Birthdays are acknowledged in Japan, but were not celebrated before WW2. The concept of celebrating the day you were born is totally foreign. Before, Japanese had only one ‘birthday’, which was the New Year’s Day, since everyone believed that they got older on that day. Birthday Celebrations Nowadays jp.fotolia.com/ Nowadays, Japanese mainly celebrate the children…

Let’s Try Tasty and Popular Alcohol-Free Japanese Beer!

Did you drink too much last night? Are you thinking of cutting the alcohol intake on a regular basis? There might be several reasons why you decided to try non-alcoholic beer and if you have not given a thought about it yet, this article might convince you to switch once in a while, or even…

The Long–Awaited Japanese Netflix is Finally Here!

Netflix is already hugely popular in many countries around the world, and a lot of people spend long hours binging on their favourite shows. And as of September 2nd 2015, it has crossed shores and arrived in Japan! This is the first time the streaming service has been available in Asia, and will be expanding…

Tokyo Life vs Small City Life: Which is better for you?

Most Westerners outside of Japan would be hard pushed to name many cities in Japan aside from the capital, Tokyo. As such, it’s the capital that many foreigners flock to when they first arrive, but not necessarily where they stay. dailymail.co.uk/ As with all big cities, there are pros and cons of living in the…

A Ladies Only Capsule Hotel in the Heart of Tokyo

Many visitors to Japan want to stay in interesting ‘Japanese’ hotels. One of the most popular types of these hotels is the capsule hotel. These are hotels made up of a large amount of small ‘capsules’ that work as hotel rooms. These rooms contain the bare minimum needed for a good night’s sleep; futon, pillow,…

For Ladies Only: A Guide to Female Sanitary Products in Japan

When you pack up your life and move to the other side of the world, there are lots of big things to think about: learning a new language, getting used to a new currency, a different climate, cultural differences, change in diet… etc. So with all these big things on your mind, you may very…

My Number: A New Identification System from October 2015

What is a Personal Identification Number? In most countries, every citizen or resident has a personal identification number that is registered with the government and the relevant authorities. The main purpose is to have a centralized number that can be easily tracked across all matters of an official capacity, such as taxes, pension or healthcare…
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