Apartment hunting in Tokyo? Things to Be Careful About

Trying to find a decent yet affordable apartment to rent is a nightmarish struggle in almost every city. On top of that, when you try and rent an apartment in a foreign country where there’s a language barrier, the whole experience gets even more arduous. Tokyo has its own issues and different rental market rules,…

High Tech Customs Clearance at Japan Airports: Done in 10 seconds!

In recent years, the increasing number of foreigners in Japan has required the Japanese government to take some measures to address the overcrowding at bus stops, train stations, airports, etc., in order to maintain the stable circulation of all public transportation. One of the most widespread measures is the announcements in several languages among which are…

Instant Cup Noodles By Nissin: Welcome to Japan

Japan is the home for many authentic ramens from the “shoyu” ramen to the “tonkotsu” ramen, passing by the “shio” one. In fact, one of the reasons people visit Japan is thanks to its rich ramen culture and history. As if it was not enough, Japan also has a wide selection of instant noodles. One…

Nearly 20,000 foreign children are at risk of “illiteracy” in Japan!

Japan is the country known for their top-ranking education in Asia, also instilling the good manners in Japanese people that the world admires. In recent years, the number of foreigners living and working in Japan has increased, leading to a boom of services aimed at foreigners. These include the Japanese language schools that have been…

Days After the Consumption Tax Increases – How is Japan Doing?

On October 1 2019, the 10% consumption tax officially went into effect in Japan. Before the tax increase, the whole country witnessed massive consumption waves, in which people rushed to buy goods for storage, especially luxury items. On the last day of the old tax rate (September 30), shops and malls saw long lines queued up at checkout counters to save that 2%. What…

Bringing the Mammoth Back to Life : How Japan is Making De-Extinction Cool for Kids

Currently showcasing at the Miraikan, Japan’s premiere space for cutting-edge technology, is “The Mammoth.” This special exhibition is bringing never-before-seen remains of mammoths and other extinct animals to the public eye. Previously buried underneath the frozen wastelands of Siberia, paleontologists worldwide are rushing to the region to save these perfectly preserved specimens. With the advancement…
art aquarium 2019

Art Aquarium Nihonbashi 2019: Goldfish and Edo Culture

by Zoria Petkoska Nihonbashi was the heart of Edo, or old Tokyo, where all important roads used to meet. To this day, the area is displaying its Edo heritage through art, design, events, food – both authentic recreations and modern culture twists. Just a stroll around the area reveals elegant tradition-inspired design, with people wearing…
Author's Photo

Comprehensive Guide: Where to buy original GameCube controllers in Japan

A boxed original GameCube controller found tucked onto a shelf above eye level in BEEP @ Akihabara. With the recent release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, original GameCube controllers have become hot commodities. Production of new controllers has stalled, and among the Smash community some consider these new controllers slightly inferior…

Travel to Japan Even If It Seems Intimidating

I’ve been living and working in Tokyo, Japan, for two months now and the question I’ve gotten the most from family and friends is, “how have you managed it?”. By this, they mean how did I just pack my stuff up, start traveling around Japan and not be totally lost. I’ve had people mention to…