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…

Adjusting To Life In Japan – What I Wish I Knew

Moving to or even visiting Japan sounds exciting. A new country filled with culture, history, and innovation is a perfect place to explore. However, like any other place away from home, it is easy to find the negative in everything out of the norm. As a highly adaptive individual, I did not have many problems…

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…

Top 10 Best Food Selections at 7-Eleven

Convenience stores reign supreme in Japan. With at least two on every street, you can’t walk a block without passing by at least one. The convenience stores here are nothing like ones anywhere else in the world, especially not like the ones in the U.S. Here, convenience stores are extremely nice, and have exceptional food.…
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Secret Spots for Coffee Lovers in Harajuku Omotesando area

Coffee is a hug in a mug, a daily companion for many. And coffee lovers wouldn’t want to walk in a coffeeshop for subpar coffee. Especially when travelling, when you need that caffeine boost more than ever, it’s important to find a list of good coffee shops that are also an experience. Now, you probably…

Japan Has a Mascot For Everything – Even Piracy

Everybody knows how large Japan’s entertainment industry is. From blockbuster video games to manga one-shots, you can find a wide range of genres and interests to enjoy in Japanese entertainment. Unfortunately, many of these products are prime targets for theft and piracy. Manga piracy is the most prominent, with entire chapters from popular magazines like…

What I Packed for Japan vs. What I Needed to Pack

Packing for trips and vacations have always proved to be a difficult thing for me. It doesn’t matter if I’m leaving for two days or two months, I have never been able to pack effectively. I’ve watched many Youtube videos and read articles on how to pack well or what to pack when going somewhere, and…

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…

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,…