2018

New Initiatives Following the Revision of the Immigration Control Law

jp.fotolia.com/ On the days preceding the Japanese government’s revision of the Immigration Control Law, which establishes two new visa residency statuses so that in April 2019 Japan can start accepting blue-collar workers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and another country that is yet to be selected, several concerns surrounding Japan’s Technical…
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4 Ways to Spend Christmas Season this Year in Japan

Christmas is fast approaching! Just like other countries in the world, Japan celebrates Christmas in a fun and festive way. Though the season is not based on any religious reasons, it is still one of the best times to have fun in the country. If you’re unsure of what events to look out for in…
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SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs

SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs jp.fotolia.com/ Choosing a cell phone provider can indeed cause one of those headaches expats who have recently arrived in Japan experience when trying to settle down in their new city. Spending hundreds of yen at a local Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi might sound like a tempting option, but…
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Top Things to do at Takeshita Street in Tokyo

Takeshita street in Harajuku is a fun filled, vibrant and crowded street boasting of various unique shopping, eating and photography experience! Having hues of pink, bright lights and mostly hosting many people, Takeshita street is an icon in Tokyo’s tourism list. Here is a list of top things you can do at Takeshita Street- Eat,…
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5 Top Reasons why Ginza is Times Square’s twin!!!!

Tokyo’s Ginza district is full of stunning neon billboards, stand alone stores of international designer brands and has now become a permanent tourist attraction. All these factors also make it very similar to Times Square in New York and they surely are twins of each other- one in the east and the other in the…
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5 Japanese Live Action Films to Look Forward to in 2019

This 2018, popular manga titles released as live action films include Inuyashiki (Kinashi Noritake and Sato Takeru) , Bleach (Fukushi Sota), Marmalade Boy (Sakurai Hinako and Yoshizawa Ryo), Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (Tsuchiya Tao and Suda Masaki), and more. However, only one made it to the list of this year’s highest-grossing Japanese films at the box…

The Future of Japanese Tea: Sayama Tea Blends and Tea Culture in Japan

This year, in November, I was lucky enough to participate in an event organized by Pony Canyon (PoniCan), quite a famous name here in Japan and recognized overseas, as well. The spotlight of the event was Sayama Tea(狭山茶/ Sayama Cha) and me and my coworker even got to taste various blends in the second half…
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Get to Know the Popular Voice Actor Kaji Yuki and His Works!

Anime is huge in Japan so it’s only natural that seiyus (voice actors) get to be in the limelight too. One of the most popular seiyuus these days is Kaji Yuki. He’s not only a household name in Japan but is also recognized internationally since he voiced characters in worldwide hits such as Shingeki no…
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Try the Jumbo Gyoza Challenge at Kagurazaka Hanten!

Japanese food is, no doubt, one of the best in the world. Most of their food are known to consist of health-boosting minerals that supports a healthy digestive tract. However, have you ever thought about enjoying Japanese food through a challenge? A popular shop in Tokyo called Kagurazaka Hanten is serving jumbo gyoza for free…
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