Make your own Cup Ramen: a day at the Cup Noodle Museum

When I think of Japan, one thing that automatically comes to mind is “cup noodles”. As someone who eats cup noodles at least once a week, when I heard that there’s a Cup Noodle Museum about an hour away from Tokyo in Yokohama, I knew I had to go on a weekend.. and I did!…

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…
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Additional Government Measures Concerning New Foreign Workers 2019

On June 10th the government held a meeting with relevant ministries and agencies on the issue of accepting new foreign workers and indicated additional measures for improving the working environment. The main concern is avoiding the urban areas concentration of people with the new status of residence ‘category 1 specified skills’ which began this April.…

Interning In Japan – Tips and Tricks

It is human nature for every single person to have the innate feeling of wanting to explore. Personally, there was always something in me yearning for more. Beginning college, I was shaken by a feeling of complacency and it was a feeling that made me angst. I am young and in college, what was I…

BE CAREFUL!: Japan’s Most Venomous Creature

Japan is a beautiful country. The archipelago contains multiple islands, and it’s of extreme importance to know, respect, and understand the wildlife that abounds here. For that reason, it is of extreme importance to realize that Japan is home to various animals that can possess danger to humans if an interaction with them them occurs.…

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,…