Life in Japan

Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日): The Start of Spring

The transition from winter to spring is always highly anticipated in Japan. So, to welcome this new season, we take a look at the history, meaning and celebrations of Vernal Equinox Day.

Cafes in Iidabashi and Kagurazaka that are good for Studying

Cafes in Iidabashi and Kagurazaka Are you looking for a pleasant space to sit down and study Japanese in Tokyo? This list and map of cafes in Iidabashi and Kagurazaka...

Vocabulary for Tokyo Immigration Office, Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau FAQ

If you are a new resident to Japan – visiting the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau  (東京(とうきょう)入国(にゅうこく)管理(かんり)局(きょく)) / (Tokyo Immigration Office) is likely something that y...

Sorting Garbage out in Japan – Japanese Words related to throwing Garbage away

Garbage In Japan Garbage is not just something you can throw away easily, there is a large level of preparation needed before you can pitch things out in the bin...

Top 10 Useful Phrases for Japanese Job Interviews to help you sound more Natural

In the following blog – we will be introducing 10 useful phrases that you can use to sound more natural in Japanese Job Interviews. Japanese Job Interviews can be fun,...

How I Passed the JLPT N2 – Student Testimonial / JLPT Exam Guide

JLPT N2 Exam Guide – Table of Contents: 1. Background 2. Components of the JLPT N2 Exam 3. Kanji 4. Grammar 5. Reading 6. Vocabulary 7. Listening 8. Keigo 9....

National Foundation Day (建国記念の日): A Patriotic Holiday for Japan

Due to its somewhat controversial origins, National Foundation was abolished following the post-war constitution, but it subsequently bounced back 20 years later. We wonder, does it still hold the same meaning?

Where can you park your bike in Tokyo? Churinjo 駐輪場 or Churin Kinshi 駐輪禁止

Where can you park your bike in Tokyo? Churinjo 駐輪場 or Churin Kinshi 駐輪禁止 If you are a new resident to Tokyo, you may have bought a bike and are...

Coming of Age Day (成人の日): A Tribute to the Youth of Yesterday and the Adults of Today

Coming-of-Age Day has been saying “welcome to adulthood” officially since 1948. But how, and why? We take a look at what it means to turn 20 in Japan.

New Year’s Day (元日): A Time for Tradition

Many of us welcome the “bigger and brighter” beginnings that New Year’s Day brings, but there are also many wonderful traditions surrounding this important holiday in Japan. To commemorate this day, we explore a handful of some of the most popular.

The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日): Celebrating Centuries of History

To honour the Heisei Emperor’s birthday, we take a look at the origins of this holiday, the monarchy, and how Tokyo is involved.

Nara Prefecture – The Fountain of Japanese Civilisation

If Ancient Japan were a single place it would be Nara Prefecture. Despite its vast uninhabitable area, Nara-ken has more temples designated as National Treasures, and more UNESCO World Heritage listings, than any other prefecture.