Easy Ways to Spot the Differences Between Cherry, Plum and Peach Blossoms!

Japanese gardens in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers that it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot as the famous cherry blossom (sakura). But this is not always the case, there are certain features that differentiate the cherry, plum, and peach blossoms among all the…
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Finding work in Japan: Exposing the Dark Side of Getting a Job in Japan

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here. In my previous articles I talked a bit about how I managed to get a job in Japan, visas, procedures and my training in Shizuoka. For part one of this article series, check here: Finding work in Japan: Positive and…
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Finding work in Japan: Both the Dark and the Bright Side

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here and last time I explained a bit of how I got a visa in Japan, how did my training start and what I felt teaching for the first time in a Kindergarten. For part one of this article series, check…

Living in Japan: A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling

In most countries other than Japan, 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 certain extent, such as cardboard or food…

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

Japan is a stunningly beautiful country and the ideal location for photographers. From ancient temples and gorgeous artwork to paradise beaches and mysterious bamboo forests, there are so many chances to take wonderful pictures and hone one’s photography skills. Japan is also a well-known creator of many brilliant cameras and has many established manufacturers which…

How to Stay Safe in Roppongi

Roppongi has grown to become the most diversified district for nightlife in all Tokyo. The mixture of all the luxury apartments surrounding the area, offices, shopping centers, boutiques, restaurants, bars, clubs, and a thriving expat community have shaped Roppongi’s character and largely influence how Tokyoites feel about this district. It’s elegant. It’s expensive. It’s entertaining.…

2019: Winter Afternoon Tea Edition

Tokyo is a city of many hidden talents, excelling at things people would assume other cities dominated instead. One of the things where Tokyo shines is its luxury hotels’ take on afternoon tea, which puts what other cities around the world offer to shame. Since the menus change each season, here we have the best…

All About Coffee: The 6 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…