living in Japan

5 Furniture Items to Give Your Home That Traditional Japanese Feel

Living in a different country can expose you to several differences when comparing to your home country. Let’s explore a few different options that you may find in Japan. You can get this furniture at common furniture stores, like Nitori, or home centers, like Nafco. 1. Color Boxes One great organization option is color boxes.…

Breaking Stereotypes: The Japanese Way of Sharing Opinions

Japanese nationals are considered to be shy and not able to discuss properly. Many Westerners claim, that most Japanese are not able of forming an opinion and even if they have one, that they are not able express their opinion. But is this really so simple? Is this true? This is, among many other misconceptions,…

Living with a Japanese Host Family: The Major Benefits

It has been a norm for Japanese language schools to offer accommodations for international students from all around the world. In fact, they provide a lot of selections to choose from!   If the students have a limited budget, they can opt for a dorm or sharing a flat, however, if they have enough money…

5 Japanese Ways to Avoid the Flu!

Influenza season is almost upon us. Are you ready? Firstly, the flu shot is all controversial and such, but is quite cheap in Japan at a variety of clinics, ranging from 2000 Yen to 5000 Yen. What else can you do to avoid getting the bug? Lots! Welcome to prevention, the Japanese way! Remember, Japan…

Things to Love and Hate about Japanese Apartments

It’s well known that housing in big Japanese cities (like Tokyo) is expensive and you basically end up living in a Japanese shoebox. However, in smaller cities you can get much more for your money and enjoy a nice lifestyle at the same time. But what are the universal pros and cons of living in…

Nitori Furniture Superstore: The Ikea of Japan

Furnishing an apartment can always be a difficult task. But Japan has the perfect store for the task – Nitori (ニトリ). ニトリ Nitori You will find branches of Nitori all over Japan. They often have large warehouse stores like the one pictured above, but you will also sometimes find smaller stores within department stores. They stock…

4 Things People Don’t Tell You About Living in Japan

Living in Japan can be an amazing experience, and I have definitely loved it, and plan to keep on loving it for years to come. But, there are some things, both good and bad, that no-one prepared me for before I came. 1. Losing weight vs Gaining weight jp.fotolia.com/ A lot of people, myself included,…

3 Tips For Cleaning Your Japanese Apartment

Compared to Western accommodations, living in a Japanese apartment comes with its own little joys and obstacles. Whilst these “obstacles” may appear small at first, they can grow into giant, fungus sized issues. Luckily – these tips should help you keep your apartment sanitised and problem-free! 1. The bathroom – unclogging the drains jp.fotolia.com/ Most…

The 3 Stages of Japanese Culture Shock!

Stage One: Excitement! When you first arrive in Japan, everything is new, interesting and exciting! The trains are on time! The convenience stores are open 24/7! I can learn Japanese every day! You will have so many amazing thoughts running through your head the whole time. Enjoy it! This is the time to get to…