Life in Japan

Permanent Resident Visa in Japan – How-to Apply Guide and Explanation of Highly Skilled Foreign Professional Point System

Looking to apply for permanent residency in Japan but clueless about how to do so? In this blog, we will explain to you how everything works and share with you...

Kagurazaka Neighborhood Guide

Kagurazaka Illustrated Neighborhood Guide with Sample Tour Plan   Click here for a Sample 1 Day Walking Tour Restaurants Iidabashi Sakura Terrace CANAL Cafe Peko-chan yaki Fuj...

Most Popular Japanese Surnames – Meanings, History, Illustrated Guide

Did you know that not until the Meiji era (1868 – 1912), ordinary Japanese men and women did not have any surnames? Today, Japan has a shockingly high number of...

Getting a Japanese Drivers License from Scratch – Illustrated Guide

Most drivers in Japan drive in an orderly manner because of the strict process to obtain the driver’s license. To drive in Japan, you need a driver’s license obtained in...

Free Public Libraries in Tokyo – Free Japanese Learning Textbooks – Guide and FAQ

Looking for a quiet place in Tokyo to study Japanese without having to pay any money?  Want to be able to loan free study materials – such as Japanese learning...

Pregnancy in Japan: Key Vocabulary and Information about Giving Birth in Tokyo

Expecting a baby in Japan? In this blog article, we will be taking a look at various useful vocabulary words in Japanese related to pregnancy and childbirth! We will also...

How to navigate Japanese train platforms – Illustrated Guide

Waiting at a Japanese train platform can be tricky. There are many signs on the floor and it can be overwhelming to try to understand. When traveling in Japan –...

Shopping in Japan – How to say “can I return / exchange this?” in Japanese

Bought the wrong size/color/item in Japan! Can you return it? Have you ever bought a shirt, only to discover it’s not quite the right fit when you get it home?...

Starting a Business in Japan – Tokyo Start-up Guide (Important Links)

Are you interested in starting a business in Japan?  Is your dream to move to Tokyo and open a restaurant, shop, or an internet start-up? After several of our students...

Japan Train JR Travel Hack | The Ultimate Ticket – Seishun 18 Kippu

What do you think is the cheapest way to travel in Japan? JR pass? Nope. IC card? Nope. I know you have read tons of “travel tips” articles that introduce...

Finding English Movies in Japan / how to book a movie ticket online for Movies in Tokyo

If you are living in Tokyo you will probably want to visit a movie theater at some point.  This can be frustrating.  Many of our students have asked us –...

Ways to Beat the summer heat in Japan – Tokyo Public Waterpark and Tips

Summer is officially here in Japan and we have officially entered the hottest period in the year – which happens just after the rainy “梅雨” season.  While enjoying...

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