preparation

How to Prepare an Emergency Evacuation Pack for Earthquakes and Typhoons in Japan

When I told my Japanese friends that I had an emergency store cupboard at home, stocked up with non-perishable items and bottled water, and that I’d bought a mini gas cooker with spare gas cassettes, they thought it was pretty funny that I was so prepared. After all, there hadn’t been a major earthquake in…

Japan vs Earthquakes: How to Prepare for Disasters

Japan is known for its proneness for natural disasters. The good news is that in the recent years, in spite of 6 large quakes happening, the number of injuries has decreased in comparison to the past. I’m sure the battle between natural disasters and Japan will take a long time to end if it ever…

4 Important Safety Tips to Remember for when an Earthquake Strikes in Japan

As you may know, since April 14th, earthquakes have occurred in the entire region of Kyushu from Kumamoto with aftershocks in many neighboring areas. For travelers and tourists that have never experienced earthquakes before, they may find it difficult to seek help if they happen to experience one here, perhaps due to language barriers and…

The 7 things that you should carry at all times when living in Japan

Breaking my own cardinal rule the other day, I realized I was without half the items I rely on. With the heat in the summer months reaching up into the high 30s but the actual “feel” is in the 40s there are certain things you really shouldn’t leave without, even if only for a few…

Prepare yourself for the typhoon season!

Japan’s crime rate is one of the lowest worldwide, despite having huge cities and millions of people. The real danger lures elsewhere. Every year, there are numerous typhoons visiting Japan, many damaging property and some even taking human lives. If you are lucky, you will experience a typhoon just as a ‘strong wind’, if in…

Must-read guide before climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji, most familiar Japanese symbol, dominates the region southwest of Tokyo. Although Hakone is probably the most famous spot for Fuji-viewing, those with an aversion to crowds will prefer the scenic Fuji Go-ko region. Mt.Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan standing 3776m high. When its capped with snow in late autumn, winter and…