By josegaru

Takashi Murakami’s Monumental Exhibition at the Mori Art Musem

Recently, I found myself going to the Mori Art Museum located in Roppongi Hills to enjoy the current exhibition of “The 500 Arhats” by internationally acclaimed Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami. Without knowing what to expect, I was amazed by the meaningful works of Murakami and baffled by their dimensions. The works of Murakami will be…

Living in Japan and on the Job Hunt? Here’s 5 Great Tips to Nail that Interview!

Job interviews are a complicated matter on their own; add to that experience certain Japanese business etiquettes and you may have a disaster waiting to happen but only if you are not prepared. In this particular instance, understanding the criteria that the interviewers focus on, regardless of the questions, is key in order to convey…

Check Out the ’Naked’ Man Festival in Snowy Nigata!

There in Japan are at least a dozen festivals that in the eyes of tourists will be considered “eccentric” or “strange” in nature. However, I would like to introduce a “naked man” (or at least close to it) festival that takes place during winter in the small-but-warm town of Minami Uonuma in the Niigata prefecture.…

How Can I Find a Part-Time Job in Japan?

Foreigners living in Japan that do not have a steady flow of income or people that want just an extra source of income might consider taking a part-time job (arubaito) to earn that extra cash. Finding a part-time job in Japan doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are some points that should be considered…

The Year of the Monkey Has Arrived! What Does It Mean for You?

2016 is already here, and for most people that means forgetting the past year’s problems and stress in order to start anew with fresh objectives. As it happens, in Japan this is a very special season full of Buddhist traditions and beliefs that merge with the progression of the Chinese calendar. This 2016, according to…

How To Write Your Resume in Japan?

If you are a foreigner in Japan looking for a part-time job, you probably already know that Japanese resume writing is almost a job in itself. Here I would like to tell you about ‘rirekisho’ (resume) writing strategies that will help you land the ‘arubaito’ (Japanese for part-time job) that will pay for the good…

Travel Japan on the Cheap with the Seasonal Unlimited Train Ticket

Traveling in Japan, or more accurately moving from point-to-point, is usually one of the major expenses during any kind of trip, especially if you don’t have a “JR Rail Pass” (internationally issued ‘all-you-can-ride pass for foreigner travelers visiting Japan). This is the sad reality foreigners who live in Japan face: there are few options to…

Working in Japan: How to Brush Up on your Business Manners

Working in a Japanese company, especially in Japan, can be a challenge not only to foreigners but also to nationals given that in the Japanese Corporate Culture exist certain “business etiquettes” must be taken into consideration at all times. Because of this, it is advisable to get knowledgeable in the corporate culture and mannerisms of…

Discover Sakura City: A Small Town Full of Surprises

Sometimes getting lost and arriving into a small town in the rural side of any prefecture in Japan is not necessarily something bad; having an adventurer’s spirit may be the key in turning an “unfortunate” event into a memorable day. That is what happened to me and my girlfriend when we got lost and arrived…