by Kasey

hexaRide: An Incredible VR Experience Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

When people hear “VR,” or virtual reality, it doesn’t register much of a reaction. It’s something you might see advertised on TV or on a small poster in a department store. If you are like I was, it’s not something you would ever imagine yourself being interested in. In Japan, however, VR attractions are going…
Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Over a quarter million people climb the infamous Mt. Fuji every year during the short climbing season of July and August. You may have heard the horror stories of climbers being stuck in lines while climbing up the mountain and uncomfortable mountain huts filled to the brim. Hearing this, you may want to avoid those…

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…

This is How Often Earthquakes Occur in Japan

In America, an earthquake is an incredibly rare occurrence, but when one does happen it’s national news. In Japan, however, earthquakes are an expected and accounted for part of life. In fact, Japan experiences several earthquakes a day! Japan sits along at the intersection of 4 tectonic plates, so it’s no wonder the country has…

4 Cute Styles of Japanese Mascot Pens at Daiso

Can you resist cheap cute Japanese goods? Neither can we! Daiso, Japan’s most famous dollar store, is full of trinkets and treats for casual lifestyle use. One item you will see many Japanese people pick up are Mascot Pens. These are normal ballpoint pens except they have a giant themed figure on the end! Not…

How to Plan the Ultimate Trip to Japan

Planning a trip to Japan can be daunting. You need to decide when to go, what attractions you want to go to, where to stay, and how to get to and between those locations. Even with an unlimited budget, your stay in Japan is only for a limited time, so decisions must be made. In…

7 Ways to Live in Japan in 2019

Are you interested in living in Japan? Living in Japan is a dream for many people, but many are not able to make this dream come true because it seems the opportunities are too limited or expensive. This is not true! There are a myriad surprising opportunities to live in Japan for high school students,…

5 myths about Japanese subways that aren’t always true

With more than 8 million tourists visiting Japan each year, many stereotypes have been created to explain Japanese culture to friends and family back home. However, there are almost always exceptions to these stereotypes, none more evident than those pertaining Japanese public transportation etiquette. Learn these 5 myths before your first trip to Japan so…