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Surviving Japanese Summer: Tips and Lifesaving Products

  by Zoria Petkoska The unbearable heatwaves are globally getting worse and even before that, Japanese summers have been notorious since forever. Almost every iconic anime or film has a summer scene of people almost melting into the tatami like Dali’s clocks, while cicadas blare in the background. The scene might also have a hardworking…

“Taking the Plunge”: Perspectives from a Seasoned Expatriate in Japan

Despite never having met Brad, there was almost an expected sense of familiarity before meeting. I knew we shared some kind of common background hailing from the same alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin; his firm Texan handshake and relaxed demeanor only served to confirm my expectations. He suggested a Japanese restaurant within…

Working in Japan – An Interview With Abbott Japan

Abbott is an American company that has many branches across the world, including Tokyo. What Abbott strives for is to provide the best supplementation and medical devices to support a healthy and long life. The Abbott team consists of researchers and nutritionists to help enhance people’s experience with their company. For more than 100 years,…

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…

Find Tokyo’s Hot Spots for Extreme Street Fashion

Tokyo is such a fashion-forward city. It leads the world in top-notch street fashion and in completely out of the box, lavish outfits. While I was packing to move here I was trying to pick out the best pieces from my closet and kept looking at Tokyo fashion accounts for inspiration on possible outfits to…

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…

A Borderless World – Tips on visiting teamLab Borderless Museum

TeamLab opened their own teamLab Borderless Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo back in the summer of 2018. The exhibition taking place in the 10,000 sqm Mori Building features endless and beautifully convoluted interactive digital art. The exhibition will remain permanent and is located in Odaiba’s Palette Town on the second floor next to the ferris wheel.…