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5 Things You Can Make in a Rice-Cooker Apart from Plain Rice!

A bread-maker makes bread, and ice-cream machine makes ice-cream, but a rice cooker… now tat is no one-trick-pony. When I bought my first rice cooker, I was concerned that I was using up a considerable chunk of my kitchen space on a contraption that basically only boils a bit of rice. But after several years…

Stuck At Home? 5 Japanese Websites To Buy Essential Things

Now that Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has declared a nationwide state of emergency, many people are now under self-quarantines and working from home. Naturally, this is not the case for everyone since there are still many companies that have not allowed their employees to telework, while other people have jobs that are categorized as essential.…

5 Super Easy Japanese Dishes Anyone Can Cook at Home

Have you referred to yourself as a disaster in the kitchen? Don’t worry, not everyone is a master chef, but what anyone can be is capable of feeding themselves. Of course, you can feed yourself by ordering pizza, picking up some take out, or simply buying bento lunch box from the convenience store. But there…

Top 10 Most Popular Neighborhoods to Live in Tokyo in 2020

Tokyo is the dream for many, aspiring to live in one of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, along with over 13 million in the heart of Tokyo (38 million people if you count in the Greater Tokyo area). However, once IN Tokyo, where exactly is the best place to live? It’s really hard to…

Great Japanese Arts and Crafts to Try at Home

Not everyone has the years to dedicate to learn how to take care of bonsai trees (that sometimes live for centuries and are passed on from generation to generation), but there are other Japanese arts and crafts that you can try at home. Simple, cheap materials and very often you can improvise. There are tons…

Japan Vs. Teleworking During the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Zoria Petkoska The Novel Coronavirus pandemic is disrupting every facet of life around the globe, and humanity is scrambling to react and adapt our fragile systems. Japan is behind countries like its neighbours China and South Korea, as well as countries in Europe, both in covid-19 cases but also in taking measures to contain…

Haneda vs. Narita: Which Airport To Choose?

Many people visiting or living in Tokyo spend some time debating which airport to choose, Haneda or Narita. The general consensus has always been that Haneda was the overwhelming number one option because of its proximity to Tokyo, which is why numerous airlines started salivating when Haneda announced that they were going to increase international…

Can’t Tell a Cherry Blossom From a Plum Blossom? 10 Differences to Look Out For

Cherry blossom and plum blossom trees are iconic for their pink(ish) flowers and are deeply rooted in culture especially in Japan, Korea, and China. Plum blossoms, however, are less significant in Japan when compared to cherry blossoms. However, originally it was plum blossom that were admired and celebrated in the royal court of Japan and…

Canon or SONY? Yodobashi or Bic? Useful Tips to Buying a Camera in Japan

Japan is a well-known creator of many brilliant cameras and has many established manufacturers which were founded in the country. These include top companies such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Fujifilm. For a camera geek, Japan would appear to be a match made in heaven. However, buying a camera in Japan is not necessarily as…

A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling in Japan

In many countries other than Japan, the EU countries and some other exceptions, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a…