The Great Escape or Living Free?

Many people are left with mixed feelings about living life as an expat. Often times we go through different phases throughout...

Big in Japan: Alex Parsons

Wintersports have enjoyed a long stay of popularity in Japan - especially Snowboarding. Even a hasty glance on social media quickly gives...
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What to do in an Earthquake in Japan

First you feel a little, almost imperceptible, movement. Just as you start to dismiss it as a figment of your imagination, it very quickly...

Renewing a Working Visa in Japan

Today is one of those days... The day most expats in Japan dread almost as much as going to the Doctor or Dentist. At...

Taking a Nap in Tokyo’s Nap Cafes

Did you know that taking a nap during the day is good for you? Apparently (according to researchers), a quick Power Nap can do...
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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...
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Job Hunting Season in Japan – Shuukatsu

It's almost that time of year again when you'll see many recent graduates in their best black suits, roaming the streets to attend interviews...
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Are Black folks in Japan weird?

Many times when black folk see other black folk, especially in places where there aren't many of us, an almost obligatory reverse head nod...
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...

Should Tattoos Continue to be Banned From Onsen in Japan?

Spring and early Summer means relaxation, travel, and for many people, it also means a visit to an Onsen (温泉; natural hot springs).  As a volcanically active country,...

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