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Travel to Japan Even If It Seems Intimidating

I’ve been living and working in Tokyo, Japan, for two months now and the question I’ve gotten the most from family and friends is, “how have you managed it?”. By this, they mean how did I just pack my stuff up, start traveling around Japan and not be totally lost. I’ve had people mention to…
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Reasons to Live and Work in the Japanese Countryside and Small Towns

by Zoria Petkoska Even the hardcore city-lovers have days when the urban jungle is suffocating, overwhelming, energy-draining enemy. It makes a lot of us think about ditching city life for more comfort, but ultimately we are scared of the unknown. And the city is our playground and we play well on most days. Photo by…

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…

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…
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A reportage with JETRO: Supporting and encouraging foreigners who work and wish to work in Japan

This time, we had the pleasure to talk with the staff from JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), which is in charge of encouraging and supporting foreigners in Japan especially when it comes to finding work here. JETRO’s missions are diverse and include “Investments from overseas to Japan”, “Support for exporting Japanese agriculture, forestry and fishery…
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What To Do and How To Correctly Behave in a Sento 銭湯

While Onsen 温泉 (literally hot source) exist for the pleasure of relaxation and the health benefits of bathing in nutrient-rich water, Sento 銭湯 (public bath) are local establishments mostly used for daily hygiene. Although Sento are less in the spotlight, they still are truly relaxing after a hard day of labor. Anyway, you can notice…

Living in Japan: How to Send Money from Japan to Overseas

If you are like me, a foreigner living in Japan, there will be times when you need to send money from Japan, and it is not always that easy to find out how. Thanks to the more advanced banking technology lately, we now have more (and easier) options to do that, and here is how.…

Going on a trip to Japan? Here are 3 things which are essential to purchase!!

Traveling to Japan is an incredible experience. From skiing in Hokkaido, snorkeling in Okinawa or an excursion to Tokyo and other cities, Japan has much to offer. Therefore, it is essential to prepare properly beforehand so that the trip runs smoothly and that you have great memories. Here are three things which I think that…