cleaning

5 Reasons That Make Japan a Clean and Green Country

Japan remains to be one of the cleanest places to live in despite having some of its own environmental issues. One of which is the problem they face when it comes to putting away garbage such as the situation in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). However, overall, it is a pretty clean country. It has…

Crucial Tips For Saving Money When You Live in Japan

So you’ve finally come to Japan as a new teacher, started unpacking, and are eagerly exploring Google Maps for places near you. However (depending on your contract, of course), it might be up to 2 whole months until your first salary. Japan is full of such wonderful things to see, places to go, food to…

Read Marie Kondo’s Follow-Up Book and ”Spark Joy” With Your Tidy Home

Marie Kondo with her international bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has sparked a cleaning revolution across the world. In essence, it boils down to taking all of your belongings – every single thing, putting them in a pile, and going through each one. By assessing whether or not each one “sparks joy” and…

O-souji: The Big Year End Cleaning Ritual

While it is the time of the year for preparing Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties in many countries, in Japan things are a little different. It is the time when people return to their hometown to enjoy a few days together with their families. However, the lack of parties does not mean Japanese people…

3 Fantastic Japanese Cleaning Products

Cleaning products can be confusing. Different countries have different packages, different shaped bottles, and different color codes for everything. To keep your Japanese home spick and span, try a few of the products below. After all, no one likes to come home to a pig pen! plus.google.com/ 1. Bleach kenko.com/ In the United States, the…

How to Fix That Kabi Problem

Time runs fast and so do the seasons! The cold breeze starts kicking in, you feel the air getting cooler, dripping rain here and there and at the same time you notice that there are little spots growing in some parts of your house! What are these spots you ask? It’s kabi! What is kabi?…

3 Tips For Cleaning Your Japanese Apartment

Compared to Western accommodations, living in a Japanese apartment comes with its own little joys and obstacles. Whilst these “obstacles” may appear small at first, they can grow into giant, fungus sized issues. Luckily – these tips should help you keep your apartment sanitised and problem-free! 1. The bathroom – unclogging the drains Author’s photo…

Declutter and Organize your House with the KonMari Craze!

There seems to be a way or a method for making life easier these days. I’m sure you have seen it before in articles with headings like “Life Hacks”. Well, Marie Kondo has gone a bit further than most making a successful career out of a decluttering method coined “Konmari”. Konmari comes from her name,…

Why do the Japanese always clean? Cleanliness in Japan

Japan has been obsessed with cleanliness for centuries. The early European and Chinese travellers have mentioned it in their historical documents hundreds of years ago. The Japanese give a lot of importance to cleaning oneself and the surroundings. A Japanese fan cleaning up the stadium after a soccer match rt.com/ If you are in Japan,…