By chiba_gaijin

Earthquake Preparedness: Japan Style

I was awakened one morning by a voice alarm coming from my phone: “Jishin desu! Jishin desu!” it said, and yes, there indeed was an earthquake. That was my first strong earthquake experience in Japan, and it was also a first that a voice alarm superseded the silent mode on my mobile phone. It is…

5 Fantastic Things to Do in Chiba City, Japan

When one talks about Japan, cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto come to mind easily – these places represent Japan for the most part, and for a good reason. But that doesn’t mean that no other city in Japan is worth visiting. The country boasts of plenty of cities that are not “mainstream” but offer…

The People on Japanese Yen Bills: Who Are They?

Naturally, nobody can get by in Japan without yen – but like any other currency in the world, yen is so common that it’s easy to pay no attention to any of the bill details. Yen coins – except for 10 yen – primarily have plant patterns, while banknotes have illustrations of the notable Japanese…

Hyperdia: the Ultimate Japan Travel Buddy app

The moment you step into Japan, one totally unmissable thing is the presence of trains – lots of them. All throughout Japan are dense networks of complex railway lines that serve residents with awesome punctuality. Rail transport in Japan is so convenient that it almost seems irrational to own a car. To a foreigner though,…

Travel to Tokyo’s 7 sightseeing spots for only JPY600!

There’s no arguing Tokyo is a sea of wonderful places. Any person’s time (and energy) is almost never enough to experience all the awesomeness of this superb city. This awesomeness however, seems to have taken a toll on the affordability of transportation in Tokyo – transportation fare in this city costs an arm and a…