How to Avoid Culture Shock While Living in Japan

Culture shock is an inevitable topic amongst expats in Japan. Inevitable social misinputs and missed social cues can wear anyone down. After the novelty of being surrounded by the Japanese language wears off, some people find themselves socially isolated and functionally limited because of their lack of Japanese ability. Having to go through an awkward…

Kawaii dessert places to visit in Tokyo

A lot of people come to Tokyo with the expectations of the streets being filled with everything “kawaii”. Though they aren’t wrong with kawaii things – from food, to desserts, and shops, being almost everywhere, here’s a list of my favorite kawaii dessert cafe you should try visiting while your stay in Tokyo. 1. MR. FRIENDLY…

Eating in Japan – What To Expect

If you visit Japan for a prolonged amount of time or plan to come here to live permanently, you might face some shifts in what you are eating. When you think of a Japanese cuisine you think rice, sushi, ramen, noodles, miso soup, tempura, and more. It is no surprise that when you come to…

Getting Over the Language Barrier

Before I left on my two month trip to Japan the #1 question I got from people back home was, “do you speak any Japanese?”. No, unfortunately, I do not. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me from taking an opportunity to work abroad. I tried to prepare by using language learning apps,…

Survive Japan’s Trains With This Guide

While Japan’s rail system is famed around the world for its scope and efficiency, it can be an intimidating thing to go through for someone new to Japan. Busy maps, crowded stations, and the ever-present Japanese language barrier can make it challenging for newcomers to efficiently travel on Japan’s many trains and subways. On top…

This is How Often Earthquakes Occur in Japan

In America, an earthquake is an incredibly rare occurrence, but when one does happen it’s national news. In Japan, however, earthquakes are an expected and accounted for part of life. In fact, Japan experiences several earthquakes a day! Japan sits along at the intersection of 4 tectonic plates, so it’s no wonder the country has…

DRUM TAO: When Japanese Drum Performing Art Reaches the World

Japan is a culturally rich country with many interesting and unique features that you cannot miss when traveling here. You will probably be recommended to check out a kabuki show, see maiko (means “apprentice geisha”), go to concerts of singers and idol groups, or enjoy some quirky cosplay cafes and restaurants. But have you ever heard…

How to Visit Tokyo Museums as a Foreigner and Get a Good Deal

This spring and summer the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum has been holding a special art exhibit on Gustav Klimt, a famous Austrian symbolist painter. I love going to art museums and was not going to pass up an opportunity to see this special exhibit. While I’ve been to plenty of art museums in my life, going…

The VR Experience You Can’t Get at Home

VR, or virtual reality, has become extremely popular all over the world in the past couple of years. But HexaRide, a new VR machine, in Odaiba, Tokyo, has taken it to a whole new level. The first of its kind, it is a fully immersive, motion experience. At first, I was hesitant to get on…

Socks Rock – The Cutest Daiso Finds

Daiso is not your typical chain store and if you have ever visited one, you know why. Daiso is home to ANY product you could imagine. They have makeup, skincare, coin purses, kitchenware, supplies for your teeth, home supplies, all the candy you could imagine, stickers, socks, and the most random knick knacks ever! This…