Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Japan

Mar 31, 2020 By Admin

While there is no reason to panic, there is cause to be concerned about the spread of the Covid-19 / Coronavirus in Japan. The general recommendations are that everyone takes the following precautions: Avoid close contact with sick people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash with soap and...[ Click to read more ]

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Preventing Washing Machine Drain Odors

Jan 31, 2020 By Admin

Washing machines are great, but they do require a bit of work to keep them clean and odor-free. Preventing odors from the drain trap under the Washing machine is simple enough, and makes your home so much better! If you use a front load washer, sometimes bad odors come from the...[ Click to read more ]

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Personal Information, Encryption, and the Relocation Process

Jan 22, 2020 By Admin

To start, a reminder that Japan Info Swap is a part of The H&R Group, which provides a wide range of real estate, relocation, staffing, and life-enrichment service in Japan. This blog was created to help communicate the information, knowledge, and expert advice of the H&R Group family of companies to their clients....[ Click to read more ]

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Hiroshima New Year’s Traditions: Hatsumode and the Tondo Festival

Dec 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

There are two main events or traditions marking the beginning of the new year in Japan. Auspiciously, the first visit of the year to the shrine called Hatsumode, and followed later in the month by the Tondo festival. Hatsumode The first visit of the year to a shrine or temple...[ Click to read more ]

Fluorescent Light Maintenance and Glow Lamp Replacement

Dec 19, 2019 By Admin

A fluorescent lamp uses fluorescence to produce visible light. An electric current in the gas excites mercury vapor, which produces short-wave ultraviolet light that causes a phosphor coating on the inside of the lamp to glow. Fluorescent lamps require a ballast to regulate the current through the lamp, and a...[ Click to read more ]

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Protect Your Garbage from Crows

Oct 30, 2019 By Admin

The scattering of garbage by crows (karasu) is a significant social problem in Japan, and legions of neighborhood association representatives, usually grumpy older people, are out there enforcing rules designed to curb that problem. Most areas have laws requiring that garbage be protected against the scourge of crow related scattering...[ Click to read more ]

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Staying Safe from Torrential Rain

Sep 30, 2019 By Admin

What is torrential rain? Torrential rain refers to a large amount of rain that falls in a narrow area over several hours due to the stagnation of the rainy season front or the approach of a typhoon. Such localized heavy rains in Japan, where there are many steep mountains and...[ Click to read more ]

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Sushi: a Short History and Where to Get It in Hiroshima

Sep 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

The earliest form of sushi, known today as narezushi, most likely originates in the paddy fields along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. The prototype narezushi is made by lacto-fermenting fish with salt and rice to control putrefaction. It then spread southward. In Japan, the dish's introduction overlaps with the...[ Click to read more ]

The Red Capped Statues – The Patron Saint of Children.

By Hugh Cann

If you’ve visited Mitaki Temple on the city outskirts or perhaps Daishoin Temple on Miyajima (or many other places throughout Japan) you will surely have come across small stone statues of monks wearing red knitted caps and bibs across the chest. These are statues honoring the Jizo Bosatsu. Jizo is...[ Click to read more ]

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Shinsei Bank’s GoRemit Application Timeline

Jul 16, 2019 By Admin

What is the GoRemit App? The GoRemit App is a dedicated smartphone app for the GoRemit Shinsei Overseas Remittance Service provided by Shinsei Bank. If you are a customer of theirs, as many of our clients are, you may need to be aware that starting Tuesday, October 1, 2019, overseas...[ Click to read more ]

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