Bonenkai in Japan

Drinking your Troubles Away – Bonenkai in Japan

Have you noticed more taxis than usually on the roads, and in front of restaurants? Yes? You might have also noticed there are many...

Celebrating New Year’s – Japanese Style

As we are enjoying the last remaining days of 2015, reminiscing, and looking forward to 2016, many people are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to...

Life support for expats and short-stay professionals in Japan

Coming to Japan, whether for business, or moving, is not an easy undertaking at the best of times. Add to that...
Playing Rock Paper Scissors in Japan

The Decision-Making Powers of Janken

Picture this scene... You're at an Izakaya with your mates, all having a great time. It's towards the end of the evening when everyone...
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Plarail is one part nostalgia, one part mania, and equal parts fun

Whether you're 3 or 103 years old, we bet you can't help but want to play with one of Japan's favorite toys.
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On Shaky Ground

I still remember it very clearly... I was sitting in my apartment, working on the computer, when I felt a gentle swaying. I thought...

Get on your Bikes and Ride!!!

Cue the hit song Bicycle by Queen... Ready?  "I wanna ride my bicycle..... I wanna ride my bike.... (I know you're singing it in your...
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Exploring the Simplistic Beauty of Wabi Sabi (侘寂)

The daily struggle for perfection - especially on social media with its perfectly curated feeds - it’s becoming harder than ever to just take...
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Mountain Day in Japan

Today marks the first official “Mountain Day”, a new public holiday in Japan, to celebrate and give reverence to….you guessed it…. mountains! This is...

Getting Connected in Japan: How to find free or cheap Wi-Fi

Most travelers to Japan (along with your author) come from places where the second we hop off the plane in a new place, we...

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