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Indispensable Tips for your first trip to Japan

The lure of Japan is often how different it is to your home country, the culture, history and even the food are unique. That also means that the customs and etiquette of Japan differ to many other countries too and so it is good to be prepared for your first visit. Cash Often the biggest…

Japanese people still fall for the “ore ore scam”!

Swindlers are everywhere, even in the safest country in the world. The number of cases in Japan of the so-called ‘ore ore scam’ (おれおれ= It’s me) or furikome sagi (振り込め詐欺 = money transfer scam) are not dropping. Phone fraud is a problem in many developed countries, but with a target-rich environment like Japan, it is…

3 tips to get the most fun out of Tokyo Disney Land and Tokyo Disney Sea

When visiting one of the Disney parks in Tokyo, it can be more of a hassle than fun if you go unprepared. Long waiting lines, crowded places and if you are unlucky and all odds are against you: even the weather can be unpleasant. But it doesn’t have to be this way: if you prepare…

3 big mistakes every Japanese learner makes

We have heard it many times, Japanese is difficult and impossible to master. How on earth do people, whose native language is not Japanese manage to ever communicate? Surely you have met a non-Japanese before whose language skills exceeded everybody’s expectations. That person was able to express practically anything he or she wanted to, or…

£1 Shop vs ¥100 Shop – Battle of the Bargains

You don’t have to be in Japan for very long before you hear about the 100 Yen shop. It’s famous with tourists and locals alike, and for a very good reason. On discovering the shop, I immediately thought of the discount stores back home and wondered if it would be the same as those ‘bargain’…

Japanese housewives’ saving tips

In Japan, being a housewife is also considered a job. Besides taking care of the family and the house, the woman also has to calculate their living expenses so that they can save the bigger amount. Many women have a small pocket notebook to record their savings, there are even books with timetables being sold…

Cool Biz −an approach to ease Japanese hot summer for business people

Japanese Summer Average temperatures in Japan during summer are 30℃, on a lucky day they drop to 27℃. But on some days they might even reach 35℃. This is not that high in comparison to i.e. Arabic countries where it is often 40℃ or higher. The problem with Japanese summer is the same as in…

9 ways to fight the humid Japanese summers

This might be your first summer in Japan or your twentieth and you still wonder how to survive it! There are several ways on how to not let summer stress you and make you enjoy it more. Get ready for summer with these top advice: 1. Keep hydrated Though this is basic and people naturally…

Top 5 differences/similarities of Japan/US Costco

Costco is a well-beloved bulk food/grocery chain in the US. It is a godsend here in Japan. With the food cost being so high in Japan, the cost of membership is definitely justifiable. Where else can you find sushi packs that can easily feed a family of four? A whole turkey during Thanksgiving? In this…

4 point cards you’ll definitely need in Japan

Yes, in Japan almost every business has its own point card as extra service for customer to be shopping in their shop or purchasing a specific brand. Because of that,it is not so surprising when you end up having many and many point cards in your wallet. But this is a list of Point Card…