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
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
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
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
If you’re planning an upcoming trip to Okinawa, you may be caught off-guard with how different things work from the rest of Japan. I recently spent a week there for the Golden Week holidays, and read every travel site and guide book I could find. They all suggested the same places to see, the same… Continue reading Surprises While Getting Around Okinawa Without a Car
Do not make an exception for any reason whatsoever! If you have a child that is not feeling well, take them to the clinic or hospital immediately! During your stay in Japan, you may find yourself coming down with a sudden headache, nausea, sore throat, or in a worse case scenario, bad diarrhea. Maybe you… Continue reading How to Read Medicine Labels in Japan
Golden Week is just around the corner, and people across Japan are anxiously waiting for the holidays to begin. I'll be traveling to Okinawa for vacation at the end of the month, so I stopped by a department store during my lunch break today just to see what kind of travel goods they had in… Continue reading Bento Style Lunch Boxes for Adults
Sometimes no matter how much we budget or save, we found ourselves wishing we had just a little bit of extra cash here and there. Most foreigners in Japan are able to make a high enough salary to cover their food, rent, and other basic needs. However, wages in Japan are not always enough to… Continue reading 15 Ideas for Making Extra Money in Japan
When I first moved to Japan, it was very sudden and with very little planning time, so I found myself stranded with only about $200 to last me my first month! When I tell my friends about this, they all think I’m crazy and wonder how I managed to survive on so little money in… Continue reading How Much Spending Money You’ll Need in Japan per Day
Since moving to Japan in April 2011, I've gotten tons of questions from family, friends, and even strangers about how I managed to get a job here. To many it seems like the process of moving to Japan would be tough, long, and even a bit scary. Although giving up your life in your home… Continue reading How to Get a Job in Japan
Approximately seven years ago I came to Japan with the intent of only staying maybe one or two years, and I didn't foresee it becoming my new home. Those first two years quickly went by, and before I knew it so did the third, fourth, and so on. Every year I get asked by countless… Continue reading My Life in Japan and Why I Moved from the US