Basic table manners in Japan

There is, for sure, a set of rules and manners in eating regardless what country a person comes from. Some of these table etiquette rules may be the same in most countries, and some may surprise you because they are the exact opposite. jp.fotolia.com/ It is always advantageous to learn some table manners for a…
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I Can’t Hear You! Working At An Osaka Eikaiwa

Starting out in a new endeavor will always come with its fair share of hardships, challenges, and frustrations. This was no exception for me as I began life in Japan, and started as a first-time English teacher. Osaka is a wonderful city, and I had the privilege to work in Umeda, a huge, booming district…
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My ALT Experience In Kawagoe

Working as an AET (specifically, an assistant English teacher) in a Japanese public junior high school was a challenging experience that stretched me, and gave me a broader set of teaching skills and experience. At first, I started out working in a couple junior high schools in Adachi-ku, the ward of Tokyo I first lived…

Why Is Japan Free Wi-Fi So Incredibly Awesome!?!

The nightmares are over! Long gone are the days when people visiting Japan had to enter a Starbucks and order some coffee just to be able to use the Wi-Fi. If you’ve already visited Japan, you’ll be wondering what exactly we are talking about since finding public Wi-Fi did force you to enter a coffee…

The Top 3 Pocket Wi-Fi Rental Services in Japan

You’re travelling to Japan but you can’t use a roaming feature for your phone. Now, what should you do? One of the must-dos while travelling to Japan is obtaining a pocket Wi-Fi. A pocket Wi-Fi is a must when travelling to and around Japan so you can communicate with your friends online and easily use…

Some Manners To Understand Before Using a Public Toilet in Japan

Japan is well-known for having the tidiest public toilets in the world. Somebody might even consider Japanese toilets the best of those they got to use. It is because the manner of keeping the public toilets clean is in Japanese mentality, and this results in the clean toilets available to everyone. Moreover, public toilets in…

Living in Japan: How to Send Money from Japan to Overseas

If you are like me, a foreigner living in Japan, there will be times when you need to send money from Japan, and it is not always that easy to find out how. Thanks to the more advanced banking technology lately, we now have more (and easier) options to do that, and here is how.…
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Nagano’s Manufacturing Industry: 1 in 31 workers are Foreigners

The sound of heavy machinery, repeating the same task again and again, fills the air. On conveyor belts lie white-like-snow enoki mushrooms, taken from the cultivation room next door. From there, workers hand pick the best ones and with the help of machines, fill cardboard boxes waiting to be shipped. K.I. Ogiwara Factory and Its…
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What is the reason Japanese are Annoyed and Irritated with Foreigner Tourists ?!

As the Tokyo 2020 Games steadily approaches, Japan expects a great number of foreigners to come starting from this year. However, together with foreigners also comes the Japanese citizens’ dissatisfaction created by the big number of tourists that is increasing by year. In a Japanese TV Show called ZawaTsuku(ザワつく), the Japanese brought into attention some…