Can Japanese Men Cook
Dating, Love, Relationships

Can Japanese Men Cook?

Yes, yes they can. I mean, of course! Men everywhere can cook. I'll ashamedly admit that at one time I believed some of the generalizations that I heard about how rigid Japanese society is with social norms. You know, the men go to work and the women belong at home and in the kitchen. The… Continue reading Can Japanese Men Cook?

How to Be Financially Secure in Japan
Money, Work

How to Be Financially Secure in Japan

If you're someone who plans on living in Japan long term, you're going to have to spend some time thinking about your finances and what your goals are for life. It's one thing to come here and spend a few years to go sightseeing, traveling, and gaining some new experiences. It's an entirely different challenge… Continue reading How to Be Financially Secure in Japan

Accommodations, Housing

A Tour of My Old Apartment in Yokohama

Here's a short video I threw together and made back in the summer. I didn't post it sooner due to life events, and started to fear I never would! https://youtu.be/KHNf9oO4w6k Please ignore how pale my face looks compared to the rest of my body. I got a tan and didn't realize how much my foundation… Continue reading A Tour of My Old Apartment in Yokohama

Leaving my home in Japan
Accommodations, Experiences, Housing, Love, Relationships

Settling down in Japan Was Impossible

Eight times.  Eight times is how often I've moved since coming to Japan. Considering I've only lived here for seven years, that means I've packed up and changed homes on average at least once a year. The shortest I've lived anywhere was about three months in a tiny company owned apartment in Kawasaki. Right next… Continue reading Settling down in Japan Was Impossible

20 Gift Ideas for Japanese Culture Lovers
Relationships

Affordable Gift Ideas for Japanese Culture Lovers

Do you know someone who's in love with Japanese culture? It can be difficult deciding what to get them for their birthday, holidays, or other special occasions depending on what their hobbies and interests are. Whether that person is into Japanese anime, music, fashion, language, etc., we have some recommendations that'll help you find the… Continue reading Affordable Gift Ideas for Japanese Culture Lovers

Japanese Skincare Products That Got Rid of My Acne
Health

3 Japanese Skincare Products That Got Rid of My Acne

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

Teachers Salary in Japan
Work

Can You Survive on a Teacher Salary in Japan?

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?

Travel

Fun and Romantic Things to Do in Yokohama at Night

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

How Okinawa is Different from Mainland Japan - Blue Shisa
Travel

How Okinawa is Different from Mainland Japan

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

Accommodations, Typhoon

How to Prepare for the Next Big Typhoon in 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

Accommodations, Evacuation, Supplies

When the Next BIG QUAKE Hits, You’ll Need This Grab Bag

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

Accommodations, Earthquake

The Safest Place in an Apartment During an Earthquake

If you live in an apartment in an earthquake-prone area, it is a good precaution to learn where the safest spot is when a major earthquake hits. You should examine your home beforehand so you are aware of what dangers are presented in each room, and so you can react more quickly when the time… Continue reading The Safest Place in an Apartment During an Earthquake

Where to Find the Best Soba in Naha Okinawa
Food, Travel

Where to Find the Best Soba in Okinawa

Soba is a well-known staple of Japanese cuisine. It is usually made from buckwheat noodles that are served in a savory broth, or on a separate tray with a dipping sauce to the side. Soba from Naha City in Okinawa is arguably the best in Japan. The flavor, portion sizes, and prices offered in Okinawa… Continue reading Where to Find the Best Soba in Okinawa

What to Do During an Earthquake in a Tall Building
Accommodations, Earthquake

What to Do During an Earthquake in a Tall Building

Have you ever worried about what to do during an earthquake if you're in a tall building? There are greater risks and dangers that you may face depending on the floor that you are on. Japan has an average of 2-3 earthquakes per day, but most are not strong enough to be felt on ground… Continue reading What to Do During an Earthquake in a Tall Building

Advice, Experiences, Travel

Kayaking Through the Yanbaru Mangrove Forest in Okinawa

Have you always wanted to try kayaking, but felt intimidated because you’re a complete beginner and worried it might be difficult? Me, too! The Yanbaru Mangrove in Okinawa is a fun and safe place to go if you want to experience kayaking in Japan. I was a bit worried and nervous before I went, but… Continue reading Kayaking Through the Yanbaru Mangrove Forest in Okinawa