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Tips for Staying Dry During Japan’s Rainy Season

Picture this: You’re in Japan during the summer enjoying yourself, when you suddenly smell the telltale scent of rainclouds. The sky is darkening, the wind is picking up, and you can feel drops of moisture in the air. Japan’s rainy season is nothing to take lightly, with a monthly average of 15 centimeters of rainfall…

Things in Japan that Tourists Hate

Japan is a dream destination attracting people of all ages and walks of life. The attraction is mutual, as Japan’s government is setting a goal of welcoming 40 million tourists in 2020 and 60 million by 2030. However, as in all popular tourist destinations, miscommunications arise, creating discomfort in both locals and visitors. The problems…

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…

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…

7 Ways to Live in Japan in 2019

Are you interested in living in Japan? Living in Japan is a dream for many people, but many are not able to make this dream come true because it seems the opportunities are too limited or expensive. This is not true! There are a myriad surprising opportunities to live in Japan for high school students,…

How to Cheaply Shop at Uniqlo; the Biggest Fashion Retail of Japan

With more than 800 stores, Uniqlo is almost in every city of Japan. Even if you live in the suburb or the rural part of Japan, you will find one of their big stores not so far from your residence. It is the go-to destination to buy clothes for many Japanese which is not surprising…

Quick and easy guide to choose your best mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

There is nothing special about taking beautiful photos and share them on social networks. Beginners usually use their own smartphone to do so, but some of them are more “proactive” and use interchangeable-lens camera. Thanks to that, the quality of pictures has drastically improved on our favorite social networks over the years. Interchangeable-lens cameras are…
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What To Do and How To Correctly Behave in a Sento 銭湯

While Onsen 温泉 (literally hot source) exist for the pleasure of relaxation and the health benefits of bathing in nutrient-rich water, Sento 銭湯 (public bath) are local establishments mostly used for daily hygiene. Although Sento are less in the spotlight, they still are truly relaxing after a hard day of labor. Anyway, you can notice…
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6 Reliable and Cheap Travel Pass for Tourists in Kyoto!

Kyoto is a beautiful city for sightseeing. It is hugely popular among both foreign and Japanese tourists and offers a wonderful array of historical and cultural landmarks, temples, shrines, walking trails, and opportunities to dress in kimono and walk along serene canals. Getting around Kyoto, and getting around easily and cheaply, is a question asked…