Living in Japan
We all know that living in another country can be challenging if you have no help. This will be your Japan guide on how to streamline your life in Japan. We…
When someone lives in a different country for a significant amount of time, they will inevitably change in some way. Living to a new societal standard and surrounded by new culture will lead to new habits and eventually new or altered convictions. Moving to Japan was, quite possibly, the furthest from Ireland I could get in terms of culture. This led to years of learning from and adapting to a whole new lif...
Japan is a place rich of history and culture, and it’s no wonder it is loved by many. People have all sorts of reasons and ways for which they fall in love with this beautiful country, and each of them takes a special place in everybody’s hearts. In my case, I suppose I’ve always been unconsciously linked to Japan. When I was a child, I used to watch “cartoons”—which, as I grew up, learned they were actually anime—and to this day, whenever I se...
Ranking 9th safest country in the world as of 2021 and surviving steadily within the top 10 for over 13 years in accordance with worldpopulationreview.com, Japan is unquestionably a safe country to live in. Of course, that’s not a claim that there is no crime whatsoever in Japan but it’s a lot safer than many other countries. I’m a single female, who has been living in Japan for almost 5 years and still feel regularly grateful for the ability to walk home alone at night. It’s an experienc...
For many people (maybe including yourself), the idea of purchasing your own house in Japan sounds like a dream come true. Japan is a beautiful country, with modern conveniences, kind people, and fortunately Japan allows foreigners to purchase property. Not only that, but you may have heard about Japan’s issue of abandoned houses or Akiya.
Despite often demonstrating a love for all things supernatural with its eerie contributions to the horror genre and despite inventing cosplay, Halloween is surprisingly relatively new to Japan. Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 in Japan and overtime, it demonstrated the wondrous possibilities Halloween could offer and thus the holiday began rapidly increasing in popularity.
Known for its great selection of delicious food, Osaka is dubbed as “the kitchen of Japan.” It is also home to several popular attractions like Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN, and Universal Studios Japan. But in addition to that, the area also boasts some of the most interesting museums one can find in the country.
With so much to see and do in the fast-paced super city of Tokyo, it can be difficult at times to pinpoint what to prioritise. In saying this whether you are here for a short time or a long time, the markets of Tokyo are a must and throughout this article we will breakdown the best markets that you should visit.
Japan’s weather, in most areas, is extra seasonal, Winters are freaking cold and Summers are freaking hot. Not just hot but humid, extra humid. If you’re booking a trip to Japan or about to experience your first Summer here, please do not underestimate the warning, the heat will be sultry, sweaty and sticky.
The time when it occurs differs from region to region but in general from late May to mid July, you better have a sturdy umbrella and a prevalent attitude prepared for the 2 week war. Japan’s weather is well known for being a bit of a drama queen and the rainy season has always conformed to that belief.
Pokemon is an extremely popular video game franchise and anime series that is famous both inside and outside of Japan. Japan, especially Tokyo, is the perfect place to visit for all Pokemon fans, due to the sheer amount of Pokemon themed things to do here. There is a range of Pokemon themed things to do in Tokyo including Pokemon merchandise shopping, Pokemon events and even a Pokemon themed cafe; meaning there is something for all Pokemon fans!
Osaka Station City centres around JR Osaka Station and offers a huge array of shopping opportunities. This includes the fashion building Lucua Osaka which sells mainly clothing. There is the department store Daimaru Umeda which holds the Osaka Pokemon Center on the top floor, a Pokemon lover’s paradise. There is also a Tokyu Hands for any little nik naks you might want to purchase.
Among the many activities that one can enjoy in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo is shopping. There are countless shopping malls and department stores in the area, which might make it difficult to decide where exactly to do your retail therapy. So to help you out, here is a list of the 10 best shopping malls and department stores in Tokyo (in no particular order) that are not only perfect for shopping but also offer other delightful activities!
Undoubtedly, you’ve heard some unusual, possibly comical and always endearing things about Japan, the eccentric game shows, the overly buttoned toilets, dogs in prams, love hotels, the list goes on! The country is well known for sparking curiosity from tourists and always offering new and unconventional experiences.
Free things to do in Kyoto – Considering Japan’s expensive reputation, it’s surprising how many fun free things there are to do. It’s even more surprising that Kyoto, one of the most popular areas to visit, has a wider variety of free options. With famously stunning temples and shrines, historically rich neighborhoods, delightful markets and magnificent landscapes, you may actually struggle to spend money. Here are 10 free things to do in Kyoto.
Free things to do in Osaka – Although the experience is worth it, Japan is definitely not one of the cheapest countries to visit. Eating out, accommodation, transport and entertainment can do a lot more damage to the wallet than one might hope but luckily there are always cheaper options and Osaka offers a lot of free things to do that will provide any frugal traveller all the entertainment they could need.
Before moving to Japan, I had heard about some of the animated fashions, noticed the interesting school uniforms on TV and was familiar with the salary man style I’d most likely see a lot off but I had no idea about the following 10 oddities and honestly I’m sorry if by reading this, I’m stealing your opportunity to stumble upon these unique and interesting fashion trends yourself.
Japan is its own world with its own set of values, priorities and therefore rules. The conformed culture leaves tourists visiting the bigger cities, quick to notice the repetitive nature of clothing worn within the Japanese population. Salary men everywhere wearing almost the exact same outfit, modest business ladies neatly presented without a single crease and of course, the slightly varying shades of brunette hairstyles throughout the crowd.
Unlike many other Asian countries, English in Japan is not as easy to come by as you might expect. From what I’ve experienced, Japan has created its own little world within itself so the need to learn English is not as desired as it is in many other countries and at least 90% of my Japanese students have always claimed they have no interest in ever leaving Japan and only study English for future financial gain.
I hate to speak in a negative way about Japan, I adore this country more than words can describe and moving here was the best decision I ever made. The girly part of me appreciates the fashions, the beauty products, the food and the kawaii overload of the entire culture but I do often find myself sighing in disappointment as I witness, experience or hear about some of the decades behind and unequal situations women in Japan must endure.
I’ve always found Japan to be it’s own little world, you can enjoy a tropical vacation in Okinawa, go skiing in Hokkaido, take a camel ride in the Tottori Sand Dunes and even experience a taste of Korea right in the heart of Tokyo. Shin-Okubo, Tokyo Koreatown is only minutes away from Shinjuku, a major tourist location and yet as the alluring scent from the nearby Hotteok stalls and Smiling advertisements of Korean Idols greet you, it’s hard to even remember you’re in Japan at all.
Isn’t it great to live in a time where there is an app for everything? Isn’t it even better when you can use those apps for free? We are fortunate to live in a world where new skills such as speaking Japanese, are a simple few clicks away. The only issue is that there are too many options and it can take far too much time from our precious lives to decipher the good quality from the utterly useless, which is why I’ve narrowed it down for you.
From weaving your way through bustling crowds to lugging around stuffed shopping bags, shopping is an indispensable part to any visit to a different country. Whether you’re an eager shopaholic or just someone along for the ride, the flashy sale items and quirky things that you won’t find back at home are sure to catch your attention.
Tired of Starbucks and seeing it everywhere? Want every moment of your trip to Kyoto to be as authentic as possible right down to that simple cup of coffee? Well you’re in luck as there’s no shortage of kissaten, Japanese original coffee shops, anywhere you go in the culture soaked city of Kyoto.