living in Japan

What Do Japanese Think About Filipinos?

According to the Ministry of Defense, Filipinos are the 4th largest foreign population living in Japan, being recently surpassed by Vietnamese residents, and they have had a long and strong presence in the country. The number of Filipinos living in Japan had increased in the late 90s to the numbers seeing today. However, many of…

This Website Will Help You Find a Cheaper Home, But There’s a Catch

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

Housing Security Benefit: Emergency Funds for Foreigners

In the previous article, we introduced the overview of Temporary Loan Emergency Funds and how to apply for them. In this article, we will provide you with information on the Housing Security Benefit. Housing Security Benefit for Foreigners For those who have difficulties paying rent due to a decrease of income, layoff, or unemployment, the…

How to Use the Super Convenient Coin Laundries in Japan

Laundry is something we all have to worry about, and if you travel frequently, keeping your clothes clean can be a bit of a challenge. Youth hostels and hotels may offer dry cleaning services, but these can be expensive and costs can add up quickly. Additionally, if you are living in Japan, buying your own…

Why Do So Many Japanese People Sleep On The Train?

I have been teaching English in one of Osaka’s most prestigious high schools for years. Despite it being one of the best high schools in the prefecture, I noticed a big problem in one of my classes. Whenever I entered the classrom, I would find that 20 to 30 percent of my students were sleeping…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

As summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal will start appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking…

How to Take a Bath in a Japanese Household: 5 Rules That May Surprise You

Visiting a Japanese home comes with a lot of rules. If you have ever had a homestay family or visited a friend, you may have already noticed that you need to take a small gift with you and make sure you wear slippers and different slippers for different parts of the house! Etiquette and social…

Why Won’t Japanese Sit Next to Foreigners?

Picture this. It’s 8 AM and you are taking the Tozai Line to work. The train is packed. Absolutely packed. People are so close to each other they could morph and become a new creature. For some, having someone glued to their bodies like that represents a level of intimacy that is often reserved to…

How Can You Find If A Murder Took Place In Your Neighborhood?

After months of spending your limited free time stressfully looking for the perfect place to live, you end up finding a 1LDK apartment in coveted Chiyoda ward. It’s a dream property. An apartment of that size in the heart of Tokyo is rarely available, and much less at the price that is being offered to…

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.…