living in Japan

How to Stay Safe in Roppongi

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.…

Lost in Lust in Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

The Morbid World of Oshima Teru

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…

How to Get a Japanese Credit Card

How to Get a Japanese Credit Card The eternal question many foreigners have to deal with: how can I get a credit card in Japan? In theory, this shouldn’t be a difficult task considering just how common credit cards are. In practice, however, getting a credit card in Japan can be bit more frustrating, particularly…

New Initiatives Following the Revision of the Immigration Control Law

jp.fotolia.com/ On the days preceding the Japanese government’s revision of the Immigration Control Law, which establishes two new visa residency statuses so that in April 2019 Japan can start accepting blue-collar workers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and another country that is yet to be selected, several concerns surrounding Japan’s Technical…
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SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs

SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs jp.fotolia.com/ Choosing a cell phone provider can indeed cause one of those headaches expats who have recently arrived in Japan experience when trying to settle down in their new city. Spending hundreds of yen at a local Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi might sound like a tempting option, but…

Do You Know These 3 Residential Hidden Gems in Kanto, Japan?

Tokyo is home to many interesting and beautiful places, and it is a popular residential area for locals and foreigners alike. However, we all know that the more popular the area, the more expensive rent is. So are there any good places around Tokyo that are suitable for living while still being affordable? Every year,…

Do You Know the Most Desirable Place to Live in Kanto, Japan in 2018?

Many people desire to live in Tokyo, Japan. The city is bustling with countless interesting events and a unique culture that influences not just the country but the rest of the world. Therefore, young people from all parts of Japan (especially rural areas), as well as foreigners, want to come to this city to start…

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. Etiquette and social rules in Japan aren’t too difficult to pick up…

Studying Abroad in Japan? Here Are 8 Tips You Should Check Out!

Your place in the university of your choice is secured, your accommodation has been organized, you’ve bought your plane tickets, and the big day is almost here – you are about to go and study abroad in Japan! You might have been planning this for weeks, months, or even years, and it’s finally happening. Studying…
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