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

Buy Medicine in Japan - Cold Medicine
Health

How to Read Medicine Labels in Japan

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

Bento Style Lunch Boxes for Adults - Red Set
Food, Travel

Bento Style Lunch Boxes for Adults

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

Before Experiencing Racism in Japan
Experiences

An Open Letter Addressing Racism in Japan

Disclaimer: I wrote this letter in response to some recent developments with my Japanese employer that has left me with conflicting emotions. I think the majority of people in Japan are not racist, and chances are if you visit this country you will not experience any form of racism. I have published, taken down, and… Continue reading An Open Letter Addressing Racism in Japan

Spending Money Per Day in Japan - Izayaka
Advice, Work

How Much Spending Money You’ll Need in Japan per Day

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

Dating, Experiences, Love, Relationships

What Dating Has Been like in Japan

There were many ups and downs in my life over the past two years, but the last couple of months have made it all worthwhile. I have a solid group of friends, a wonderful boyfriend, and a lot of good memories I can look back on. Cherry blossom festivals, also known as hanami (flower viewing) are… Continue reading What Dating Has Been like in Japan

Japanese house
Dating, Relationships

Meeting My Japanese Boyfriend’s Parents

This weekend was my first time meeting my boyfriend's parents, and it was something that I was dreading and worrying about until it finally happened. I was so scared that I wouldn't be able to understand them well enough, or that my Japanese would be too terrible for them to like me. I spent a… Continue reading Meeting My Japanese Boyfriend’s Parents

Experiences, Travel

My Life in Japan and Why I Moved from the US

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

Accommodations, Advice, Housing

A Guide to Apartments in Japan for Foreigners

Are you someone thinking about moving to Japan? Are you a foreigner currently living in Japan, but want to change your housing? If so, this is a comprehensive guide to what you'll need in order to rent apartments in Japan, and how to overcome the obstacles that many foreigners face. After living in Japan for… Continue reading A Guide to Apartments in Japan for Foreigners