Local Japan
Guest bloggers stories about "their Japan" - their new home, their challenges, their area

Local Japan: Living in Southwest Nerima – our perfect mix

February 22nd, 2018 By Mascha Elbers
Local Japan

«Nerima? Oh please no! What on earth am I supposed to do in Nerima?!» This was a young American’s reaction when he learned that his company had decided to accommodate him in Nerima-ku for his one-month business stay in Japan. Though he had lived in Tokyo for several years before moving back to the US he had never felt the urge to set foot into Nerima, as he told ... Read More

Local Japan: Otsuki - Charming Town in the South

February 1st, 2018 By Reina Bolanos
Local Japan

The town of Ōtsuki in Kochi Prefecture would be one of the last places many people would choose to visit when planning their vacation; much less decide to live. Similar to other small towns in Japan, Ōtsuki’s population is gradually decreasing because it is unable to offer young professionals a job in an up and coming industry with agriculture/fishing being the largest source of income for the town ... Read More

Local Japan: Kagoshima - Living with an Active Volcano

January 11th, 2018 By Turner Wright
Local Japan

Waking up in Japan never became completely routine to me. Even in a western-style apartment in Tokyo, I saw an unfamiliar skyline to my right every morning. In Kagoshima, the difference was even more startling for someone who had grown up in a place like Texas, where calling the landscape flat is an understatement. It wasn’t unusual to see a little cloud over Sakurajima, the volcano overlooking Kinko Bay ... Read More

Local Japan: Kochi - the city of natural beauty and crazy party people

December 26th, 2017 By Arthur Davis
Local Japan

Kochi Prefecture stretches east to west, across an arc of land that forms the southern coastline of Shikoku Island. In roughly the mid-point of this arc sits the prefectural capital, Kochi City. Lush green forests cover the mountains, rivers with the purest water in the country, flow down to the Pacific and a warm ocean current brings the bounty of the sea up along the coast. Shikoku is the least ... Read More

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

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

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

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