Local Japan

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

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

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

Wanted: Blog Writers!

August 21st, 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

Local Japan: Yokosuka in Kanagawa

August 18th, 2017 By Brent Dunagan
Local Japan

Yokosuka city, Kanagawa prefecture is a staple of the United States Navy dating back to the end of World War II. About 30 miles south of Tokyo Shinagawa and serviced by the Keikyu and JR train lines it is as close to being in America as you will find in Japan. From Shinagawa it takes about 50 minutes to reach Yokosuka if traveling on an express train, but it is ... Read More

Local Japan: Holy mountains, foxes, rivers and old-fashioned shopping streets: Living in Kyoto's outside part of Fushimi

August 10th, 2017 By Josko Kozic
Local Japan

Whenever my foreign or Japanese friends from outside of Japan hear that I am living in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital and „city of historical culture“, they get excited about it and express how much they would love to live there themselves as well. Before moving to Kyoto, I have never visited the city before and knew it only from watching movies and documentaries featuring temples, Gion and Geisha tradition ... Read More

Local Japan: Catch your Dreams in Machida-shi, Tokyo

August 7th, 2017 By Ayu
Local Japan

I am pretty sure that every one of you are familiar with Pokemon, the game and the anime legend of Ash Ketchum (or Satoshi, based on which country version of Pokemon you watch) from Palette Town and his pet monster Pikachu. However, do you know where on Earth Palette Town is?Of course, it is a fictional town on fictional world, but Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon who also ... Read More

Local Japan: Being Kobe

July 27th, 2017 By Kevin Salazar
Local Japan

Back in 2002 I was a kid in a small town in Costa Rica (for those who don’t know, that’s a little country located somewhere on the thin land that connect the North and South Americas). I was a big football fan back then, and my country’s team managed to go to the World Cup, which was held in two countries simultaneously at that time: South Korea ... Read More

Local Japan: at home in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

July 24th, 2017 By Kittykattykoo
Local Japan

I live in Kawasaki city, Nakahara ward. I love it here so much I actually had let down a job offer that required me to relocate from this lovely place.Before settling here, I lived in several other places in Kanto (several places in Saitama and Tokyo), as well as in other islands such as Kyushu. Moreover, I've traveled the country quite alot so I like to think that ... Read More

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