Wanted: Blog Writers!

December 7th, 2017 By Kathrin K
News Local Japan

Do you know the feeling? You moved all the way to Japan and people back home keep asking you why? You tell them you live in Adachi-ku and they ask why not Shinjuku or Shibuya? Or “worse”, you moved to Urawa in Saitama and you always have to defend yourself for moving there and not directly to Tokyo. Kyushu? Never heard of it... Hokkaido? That's where the pumpkins come ... Read More

A Glimpse into the World of the Japanese (Secondhand) Kimono

December 6th, 2017 By Kathrin K

Shitamachi Omoshiro Kogeikan is a little shop on the ground floor hidden in an unimposing building that is tucked between a French restaurant and a bar. You will most likely just pass by and wonder about the little French restaurant where people start queuing before it even opened. But then, this is Tokyo and people always queue. Maybe you would miss the entrance to the Kogeikan entirely you weren’t ... Read More

Local Japan: Right at Home in Noda City

November 22nd, 2017 By Elizabeth Scally
Local Japan

For the last 15 years, I have lived in the suburbs of Tokyo in the area commonly referred to as Tokatsu. About 100 years ago, the area was endless rice paddies and horse pastures, with small villages dotting the post roads running to Nikko and Mito. Today, Tokatsu is divided up into cities from Funabashi in the south, to Noda City in the north, bounded by the Edo River to ... Read More

Local Japan: At Home in Japan's Onsen Town Beppu

November 16th, 2017 By Shivangi Dharne
Local Japan

Busy roads, noisy streets. Dust, honks and people - lots of people. That's India. Now replace that with a small town in Japan known for a small population consisting of retired Nihon jins and international students. That's Beppu, Oita.I have completed a revolution and a half around the sun while living in this city and it has been one of the most culturally shocking experiences of my life ... Read More

Staff wanted for English learning events for kids

November 16th, 2017 By Kathrin K
Event News

You like kids and have teaching experience? Your English is native (level)? Perfect!We are looking for several native English speakers (or native level) who have teaching experience and like to engage with kids in a casual and fun atmosphere at one or two events.The events are held by an English learning company. This company holds monthly 1 to 2 hour events where the kids get the chance to ... Read More

Wanted: Part Time Staff for Japan Room Finder

November 14th, 2017 By Kathrin K

We are looking for a new staff member who can start end of November/ beginning of December!We - JapanRoomFinder/ TokyoRoomFinder - are a real estate agency that assists foreigners in finding accommodation in Japan, both short term (Share Houses) as well as long term (private apartments).We are not just supporting foreigners in finding a new home but we are also trying to build a link between foreign residents and the ... Read More


My Own Japan: Animal Activism in Tokyo

November 9th, 2017 By Helen Marvell
My Own Japan

I had already been a vegetarian for 15 years when I moved to Japan 6 years ago from the UK. Back then, vegetarianism was relatively unheard of, and bacon was considered a plant...My life in Japan started in Wakayama, the prefecture made infamous by the documentary film, The Cove. A bit of background if you don’t know what I’m talking about; Every year between September and April ... Read More

Wanted: Foreigners for a Japanese TV show to go on a Trip to rural Japan

November 2nd, 2017 By Kathrin K

Wafusohonke is a Japanese TV program from Osaka informing about aspects of Japanese culture many Japanese don't even know about. In one part called "My First Japan", foreigners who have been in Japan for only a short time, are accompanied to various sightseeing spots, restaurants and locations in Izumo (Shimane prefecture) or Aomori prefecture. The idea is to explore and experience Japan with a fresh viewpoint and to "re-explore ... Read More

Kyoto - Some Useful Tips for a Pleasant Stay in the old Capital

October 31st, 2017 By Kathrin K

Kyoto has experienced a surge of tourists in the last years and this comes as no surprise. Being the capital for over 1,000 years, Kyoto is home to countless cultural heritage sites worth exploring. But with roughly 57 million tourists (both foreign and national) visiting Kyoto alone in 2015, it is hard to imagine that you can still feel some of that traditional atmosphere Kyoto is so famous for ... Read More

Local Japan: Nemuro - The Easternmost City in Japan

October 26th, 2017 By Kelsey Elizabeth
Local Japan

I moved to Japan the summer of 2015 to be an ALT (assistant language teacher). I had no idea about the place I was moving to except that it was very far north and the easternmost accessible point in Japan. There were about 25 people departing from the same city as me in New Zealand, and I remember well the feeling of shock when we put up a map of ... Read More