1. Rice bowls Japanese rice bowls are the gift that you just can't go wrong with. They come in more shapes, sizes, and colors than you could imagine. You're guaranteed to find the perfect design for that special someone. I can never resist the allure of the ceramic section when I go shopping, because handmade … Continue reading 20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Japanese Culture Lovers
Like many, I first started suffering from acne when I was a teenager, and my friends and family assured me that it was just a phase I was going through. As the acne progressively got worse through middle school and high school, everyone started offering suggestions for how to get rid of it faster. "Wash … Continue reading 3 Japanese Skincare Products That Got Rid of My Acne
Here is a breakdown of my teaching salary for August 2018. If you've ever wondered how much an average English teacher in Japan makes, here are all the raw numbers. My Monthly Japanese Income for August 2018 Income 230038 yen My paycheck was slightly higher this month due to a few hours of overtime that … Continue reading Can You Survive on a Teacher Salary in Japan?
Whether you live in Yokohama or you're just visiting while on holiday, chances are you're wondering what kind of fun you can get into on a night out. What's so great about this city compared to Tokyo is that you can have a really great time without the huge crowds or breaking the bank. Here … Continue reading Fun and Romantic Things to Do in Yokohama at Night
Japan is often viewed as an amazing place to live. While I definitely agree that Japan is great, they still have a lot of the same problems that appear in other countries. Just like in the US, it’s not unheard of for companies to toe the line on labor laws. I’ve had several encounters with … Continue reading Quitting Your Job in Japan: A Guide to Worker’s Rights
Mount Fuji climbing season has arrived and many people are excited to hike Mount Fuji! Despite its beauty, it is important to remember that Mount Fuji is an active volcano. As such, it presents the ever-present danger of an eruption for both the surrounding towns and the Greater Kanto Region. Volcanologists believe it is due … Continue reading Can Mount Fuji Still Erupt?
Mount Fuji is one of the most iconic images associated with Japan. Known for its aesthetic beauty and for its danger as an active volcano, Mount Fuji is also the tallest mountain in Japan, standing at 3776 meters (12,389 feet). It is considered relatively safe to climb, but only with proper planning. This hasn’t stopped … Continue reading Is Mount Fuji Safe to Climb?
It’s a chilly and rainy day here in Yokohama. Although I’m glad to be off work and spending the day relaxing at home, there’s one other place I’d rather be: Okinawa. It’s been a little over a month since my visit, but here are some thoughts on some of the things that still stand out … Continue reading How Okinawa is Different from Mainland Japan
Does news about an approaching typhoon have you worried? Are you wondering what you should do to prepare for it, and how things will turn out afterwards? Here is some helpful information on what you can do during typhoon season to stay safe and give yourself a peace of mind. Hurricane and Typhoon season is … Continue reading How to Prepare for the Next Big Typhoon in Japan
If a major earthquake were to hit right now, how quickly could you evacuate? Do you have all of the essentials you’d need to survive the next few days in something small enough to carry? Do you have everything assembled in one bag that you could grab, and be out the door within seconds? How … Continue reading When the Next BIG QUAKE Hits, You’ll Need This Grab Bag