Life in Japan

Top 5 Japanese Microaggressions

Microaggressions, that word alone can stir a mixture of emotions that can widely differ depending on the individual. Its polarizing nature is deeply linked with the perceptions people have on microaggressions: some believe they are very damaging, while others do not think they are acts of aggression at all and gag when hearing the term.…

Top 5 Most Ridiculous Misconceptions About Japan

Oh my God, are you going to Japan? The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha are my favorite movies! Just don’t get too involved with some manga looking Japanese hottie, okay? Oh and take care with what you eat, I heard radiation poisoning is huge over there, okay? Ever been told anything like this?…

Was The Earthquake That Hit Japan On June 25th Related To The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake?

On the morning of June 25, 2020, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan, including Tokyo. The earthquake took place at 4:47 a.m., waking people up due to the prolonged shaking. There was no risk of a tsunami. by Martin Danker Using the Japan Meteorological Agency’s (JMA) seismic intensity scale, the earthquake was registered under 5…

Useful Tips For Doing the Laundry in Japan, Especially During the Rainy Season

Japanese summer is hot and worse than that – it’s humid. Especially during the rainy season, humidity levels are so high, laundry barely dries before acquiring that weird damp smell. That’s why there are several ways to deal with your laundry during this time. For mold problems in general take a look at this article…

Resuming Life In Japan: The Essential Items People Carry With Them To Work

After the state of emergency was officially lifted in Japan’s largest cities, life seemed to slowly go back to normal. Trains are getting more crowded each day, more people are starting to go to restaurants and coffee shops, and the days of telework have been reduced. by Martin Danker The transition to normal life is…

A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling in Japan

In many countries other than Japan, the EU countries and some other exceptions, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a…