Japan

Changes Happening to Tokyo Prior to the 2020 Olympics

With the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has been undergoing many changes in preparation for the games. These changes won’t happen overnight, but as the world comes to Japan in 2020, visitors may find themselves seeing a rapidly changing Tokyo. We should expect Japan to flaunt its sophisticated infrastructure, accommodations, technology, and entertainment…

Enoshima – The Small Island with Many Sightseeing Spots

There are three key dating spots around Tokyo that locals always talk about. The first is in Odaiba, the second in Yokohama and the third is the small seaside town of Enoshima – a short ride west of Kamakura. However, bustling with tourists and fishermen, the island is a beloved sightseeing spot for everyone. Even…

Carlos Ghosn: The Escape of the Century Turns Into Embarrassment

Well, this is a story that just keeps getting more interesting, and not necessarily in a spectacular way. Japan was left in a complete state of shock after it was announced that the disgraced former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, had successfully fled Japan, transited in Turkey, and safely landed in Lebanon. Ghosn had been involved…

Justice for Shiori Ito! A Win for the #MeToo Movement in Japan

Two years after the accusation that brought the #MeToo movement to Japanese headlines, a court has ordered former reporter Noriyuki Yamaguchi to pay 3.3 million yen in damages to Shiori Ito. In 2017, Shiori Ito came forward to accuse Yamaguchi of raping her in 2015 when she was an intern at Reuters and Yamaguchi the…

The 8 Best Popular Day Trips from Tokyo

Tokyo (東京) is unarguably the most popular destination in Japan and for the first timers, a visit to this modern capital is a must. Some might say that they never run out of things to do in Tokyo. But for others who have already been to this well-loved city and have already seen enough, then…

Kamata: The Last Rooftop Ferris Wheel

In the past, department stores in Japan were a common place for families to hang out. Because of this, and to appeal to more and more families, some department stores had amusement parks on their rooftops; and the most popular ride that could be found was the Ferris wheel, which provided a majestic view of…

Roppongi Nightlife: How to Stay Safe

Roppongi has grown to become the most diversified district for nightlife in all Tokyo. The mixture of all the luxury apartments surrounding the area, offices, shopping centers, boutiques, restaurants, bars, clubs, and a thriving expat community have shaped Roppongi’s character and largely influence how Tokyoites feel about this district. It’s elegant. It’s expensive. It’s entertaining.…

Why Is Going to the Immigration Bureau a Horrifying Trip?

Here’s a not-so-surprising fact: I hate having to renew my visa. This is a sentiment that resonates with every single foreign resident living in Japan under a visa. The only consolation is that we know that we don’t have to visit this place until we have to renew that visa. Therefore, the worst case scenario…