living in Japan

What Makes Japanese Television Different From the Rest of the World?

Media affects our lives in many aspects. It can reflect the society and what is happening now, it can connect us with other countries and entertain us. In my country, political satire shows, observational comedy performances, and news satire programs are mainstream. But in Japan, TVs can be very different. I have noticed Japan has…

It’s the Small Things: 5 Reasons Why Japan is So Lovable!

Since arriving in Tokyo, there are so many everyday interactions and experiences that I have learned to love here. The Japanese hospitality, social etiquettes, and the amazing public transport system are obvious ones but there are a few other things that I see and experience that I absolutely love and very rarely see, if at…

Struck Speechless? Then Learn How to Use these 4 Great Japanese Conversation Fillers!

One of the best parts of learning Japanese is the chance it gives you to re-program your brain from the ground up. From strange words to alien grammar structures, everything is different. The constant discovery of new aspects of the language regularly highlights things you had previously taken for granted as universal. This process extends…

5 Essential Phrases to Remember that will Help with Everyday Life in Japan!

In the English-speaking world, Japanese is famous for being a difficult language to learn. One particularly challenging aspect is that English and Japanese just don’t match up. While many concrete words like eat or vegetables are easy to look up, sometimes the dictionary can be unclear, or downright deceiving. You can study that moyamoya means…

10 ’Change Your Life’ Household Items found at the 100 Yen Shop

Anyone who has been to Japan will know the 100-yen shop well. Just like its name, everything in this shop is 100 yen (tax excluded). There is a variety of things in the 100-yen shop, including food, snack, stationery, etc. Today we are going to introduce ten household facilities that are worth more than 100…

Planning to Rent an Apartment in Japan? 7 Important Things to Prepare

It is one of the biggest challenges that many foreigners have to face when they plan on staying in Japan: looking for a place to live. For foreign residents, renting an apartment (アパート, apaato) in Japan could be exciting yet painful at the same time. It is a complicated process that requires a lot of…

Dos and Don’ts: Gift Giving and Reciprocation Custom in Japan

In Japan, gift giving is often incorporated with different situations. Whether it be for a wedding, a child’s birth, or even confinement in a hospital, you will receive gifts from your Japanese family or friends. So in Japan, when you receive a gift, it is important to reciprocate the act to express your gratitude to…

Japanese 101: No Better Place to Start Your Mission to Fluency!

Are you interested in learning Japanese? Have you been dreaming of speaking Japanese fluently one day or watching anime without referring to the subtitles? Guess what? We have something in common! Learning a new language can be challenging sometimes but if you have the passion, speaking in Japanese will be a piece of cake for…

The Analog Life: 5 Ways to Save on Power While Living in Japan

Power bills, although relatively cheap in Japan, can creep up on you. Rice cookers. Air conditioners. Hair curlers – if you’re into that sort of thing. They just eat up the juice. Thankfully, there is another way. Analog living!   gakumado.mynavi.jp/ My house was built mid-WWII. Therefore, it leaves a lot to be desired in…