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Cheap ways to learn Japanese in Tokyo

January 16th, 2018 By Cyrielle U

You made it! You sat up in Japan, and you are now either looking for a job either already working - if you got lucky enough to find the few job offers that does not require a minimum conversational level of Japanese level.But here is the point: if you want to have the maximum job opportunities, a better salary, and even your own private apartment you better improve your Japanese ... Read More

How to convert your driver's license to a Japanese one

August 21st, 2017 By Kathrin K

Important note: this article only applies to people whose driver’s license was issued in one of the following 25 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and USA (only Maryland & Washington).Are you from one of the above listed 25 countries? Then I can assure you ... Read More

Prepare yourself, the move is coming

July 25th, 2017 By Kathrin K

Yes, I love preparation. Some people get really annoyed by me always talking about preparation, myself included. But so many mistakes can be avoided and who needs stress anyway?You are planning to move to Japan soon for language school, internship or job? The last couple of weeks can fly by in an instant and suddenly you only have a few days left. But uhoh, maybe you forgot something?What ... Read More

Tsuyu - Rainy Season in Japan

May 29th, 2017 By Kathrin K

Rainy season -Tsuyu- (also called Baiyu) is approaching Japan and this season doesn't only bring hot and humid weather, but also beautiful blooming hydrangea and the ripping of the plums. Tsuyu (梅雨) - „plum rain“ indicates, that there is also something good about this time of the year – not only the nuisance of carrying an umbrella with you every day.After some beautiful weeks of spring with all the nice ... Read More

Scary insects of Japan (and how to avoid them!)

May 25th, 2017 By Kathrin K

Japan - beautiful country known for cherry blossoms in spring and the white top of Mt. Fuji in winter. This country looks so appealing to foreigners with its rich and exotic culture and its healthy food. But wait! There might be something which can spoil your long-awaited Japan holiday if you are not well prepared. And I'm not talking about the language barrier or about strange food. Not mentioning the ... Read More

When is the best time to live in Japan?

May 21st, 2017 By Kathrin K
General Survey

In March along with our lottery for the art museum tickets we conducted a little survey we would like to share with you. I surely know why I am in Japan and (I hope) most of you know that as well. Reasons are as diverse as there are types of Kitkats (I just tried the sake flavor recently. It really tastes and smells like sake). But we were wondering in ... Read More

Renting an apartment in Japan: a guide

May 20th, 2017 By Miyuki K
Property General

Moving to Japan for studying or working?Whichever is your purpose when it comes to rent a place  you should know a few things about it.First of all Japan and Tokyo, specifically, is an over populated city with limited residential zoning therefore do not expect to find the same spacious rooms,  houses or apartments you are used in your home country.Once accepted this, renting  a place might be ... Read More

Moving in Japan - 5 things you NEED to know!

May 14th, 2017 By Miyuki K

It doesn't matter if you are a newcomer, or if you are a "Nihon veteran" - moving in Japan can be difficult!Compared to Western countries, Japan has different rules when it comes to housing.  That's why we decided to give you a short overview about the most important things you need to keep in mind when going apartment hunting  :)1. Don't wait!Apartments in Tokyo, especially newly ... Read More

五月病 – Gogatsubyo or “May Sickness”

May 5th, 2017 By Miyuki K

Golden Week is almost over!Yes, over here in Japan, almost the entire country was on vacation for one week, some enjoying time with their family in an onsen, others visiting friends far from home and maybe others relaxing at home.People get easily sick during this period. Of course, the weather gets warmer and some people don't adapt well to the change of temperatures. Then there is also ... Read More

Shared House in Japan

May 4th, 2017 By Miyuki K

The most convenient and affordable way to stay in Japan is a shared house.It is not only recommended for a short holiday in Japan, but also if you plan to stay longer and don't have a high budget for accommodation. Shared houses typically don't require the usual fees which you have to pay for renting Japanese apartments, as key money, Agency fee, several month of security deposit ... Read More