Posts tagged with 'local'

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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

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

September 7th, 2017 By Kathrin Koehlinger
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

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