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
During your stay in Japan, you may find yourself coming down with a sudden headache, nausea, or in a worse case scenario, bad diarrhea (link to medicine). This is a guide for learning how to read and understand labels on common medicines that can be found in drugstores across Japan. If you experience any kind … Continue reading How to Read Medicine Labels in Japan