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5 Furniture Items to Give Your Home That Traditional Japanese Feel

Living in a different country can expose you to several differences when comparing to your home country. Let’s explore a few different options that you may find in Japan. You can get this furniture at common furniture stores, like Nitori, or home centers, like Nafco. 1. Color Boxes One great organization option is color boxes.…

3 Fantastic Japanese Cleaning Products

Cleaning products can be confusing. Different countries have different packages, different shaped bottles, and different color codes for everything. To keep your Japanese home spick and span, try a few of the products below. After all, no one likes to come home to a pig pen! 1. Bleach In the United States, the bottle is…

Things to Love and Hate about Japanese Apartments

It’s well known that housing in big Japanese cities (like Tokyo) is expensive and you basically end up living in a Japanese shoebox. However, in smaller cities you can get much more for your money and enjoy a nice lifestyle at the same time. But what are the universal pros and cons of living in…

Nitori Furniture Superstore: The Ikea of Japan

Furnishing an apartment can always be a difficult task. But Japan has the perfect store for the task – Nitori (ニトリ). ニトリ Nitori You will find branches of Nitori all over Japan. They often have large warehouse stores like the one pictured above, but you will also sometimes find smaller stores within department stores. They stock…

Tips on How to Find an Apartment in Kyoto

Finding an apartment to move into as a foreigner in Japan can be a difficult and infuriating process at times! There are a lot of hurdles and a lot of tricky hoops to jump through, some of which can be just plain impossible. Typically, when you are looking to move into a new apartment the…

3 Tips For Cleaning Your Japanese Apartment

Compared to Western accommodations, living in a Japanese apartment comes with its own little joys and obstacles. Whilst these “obstacles” may appear small at first, they can grow into giant, fungus sized issues. Luckily – these tips should help you keep your apartment sanitised and problem-free! 1. The bathroom – unclogging the drains jp.fotolia.com/ Most…

3 Things That Are Different in Japanese Apartments

As with any country, apartments in Japan vary in style, size and age. But, there are some things that almost all Japanese apartments will have! Whether you are living in a traditional Japanese-style apartment, or a more modern western style, some things stay the same! Some are good, and some are not so good, especially…