My Own Japan: A Journey Into Myself With The Spirit of Japan

October 18th, 2017 By Paul Stewart
My Own Japan

As I walked around my quiet apartment in Kuwait of the Middle East, I picked up my broom usually used for sweeping up the ever-present dust of the desert city. But instead of sweeping, I removed the brush head and began automatically and rhythmically swinging the handle around like a sword. The movement, naturalness and presence in that silence, seemed to be my soul opening a view into a previously ... Read More

Local Japan: A Great Blend of Rural, Urban, Peace and Convenience in Southern Osaka

October 10th, 2017 By Gary Luscombe
Local Japan

Kawachinagano, in the south east of Ōsaka Prefecture, has been my home now for a little over three years. After suffering a couple of redundancies in the UK, I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to pack everything up and move to Japan in order to marry my then girlfriend who is a Kawachinagano native.It wasn't an adventure into the complete unknown as I had come over ... Read More

Top 10 Cheapest Share Houses in Tokyo

October 4th, 2017 By Kathrin K

Tokyo regularly makes it into the top ten or top five list of most expensive cities worldwide to live in. This does not come as a surprise to the people in Tokyo when many would rather go to an all-night Karaoke than take an expensive taxi home (and let's be honest, after a certain hour, the Karaoke mood really drops and everyone just wants to go home).  A city ... Read More

Local Japan: A Start in Hiroshima

September 28th, 2017 By Turner Wright
Local Japan

When I first arrived in Japan, it was a whirlwind of emotions and activity, from landing at Osaka, taking the shinkansen to Okayama for the first time, and learning the Lawson clerk was just asking if I wanted my pasta heated up. I can still remember staring out the window of the Kodama train, dressed up in a nice suit and Oakleys, watching the Japanese towns blur together as I ... Read More

Learning Japanese in Japan...for little money!

September 25th, 2017 By Kathrin K

Studying Japanese in Japan can be extremely expensive. You can easily spend thousands of dollars per year on a language school and although I am not saying they aren’t worth it, there are some slightly cheaper options. Of course this does not apply if you need to get a student visa via some language school to come to Japan or if you want to commit full-time in order to ... Read More

A day at Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square: Meeting the Makie artist Hariya Takayuki

September 19th, 2017 By Kathrin K

Thousands of tourists squeeze each other every day through the cramped streets in front of Sensoji in Asakusa in order to find souvenirs for themselves and their beloved ones at home. Most often they are looking for traditional Japanese crafts such as ceramics, lacquerware or Kokeshi dolls - something typical that represents Japan. They go from shop to shop, calculating and converting prices to save a few hundred yen until they ... Read More

Take part in the Kawagoe Matsuri on Oct. 14th!

September 14th, 2017 By Kathrin K
Event News

Are you looking for a totally unique experience even most Japanese cannot make? Then get ready for the annual Kawagoe Festival, because for the first time ever the city is welcoming foreigners to take part in its 360 year old Festival!Kawagoe Matsuri is held every year for two days on the third Saturday and Sunday of October. Around one million visitors flock to Kawagoe to witness the strong men ... Read More

Local Japan: Living in Adachi-ku - Arakawa, Tendon and Shitamachi People

September 7th, 2017 By Kathrin K
Local Japan

Adachi-ku Adachi. That is where my husband and I live and somehow Japanese often raise their eyebrows when I say that. Is it because of this melodious name? I love to say it out aloud. Adachi-ku Adachi. Adachi-ku Adachi. But maybe, just maybe, it is because they don’t know what to do with this information. Adachi-ku? Maybe. Adachi? Must be some part in Adachi ward then. Somehow I always ... Read More

Local Japan: Finding a Home in Gujo Hachiman

August 28th, 2017 By Joshua Bewig
Local Japan

Gujo Hachiman lies at the conflux of three rivers, in a valley nestled among steep, cedar-covered mountains and is overlooked by a castle perched high on a hill.  At the bottom of this hill stands a monument claiming to mark the dead center of the Japanese archipelago.  It may be centrally located in geographical terms, but one arrives here - after traversing a seemingly endless array of tunnels interrupted by quiet ... Read More

Staff wanted for English learning events for kids

August 22nd, 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