Guidelines for Renovations and Reforms for Renters in Japan

Jun 07, 2024 By Admin

In Japan it is the financial obligation of the lessee to restore the property to its original condition, less any damages or deterioration caused by normal living in the property (where the clause ‘with the exception of normal wear and tear’ is included in the contract.) Please be sure to...[ Click to read more ]

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Your Summer Prep Checklist

May 31, 2024 By William Farrow

As the sun begins its daily climb earlier and earlier with each passing day, the familiar signs of summer have begun to show. Experienced Japan residents know what this means - Long, humid days interspersed with intense rainfall depending on how the typhoons play out for the season. Summer can...[ Click to read more ]

Kiyosu Castle, The ‘Other’ Nagoya Castle

By Bert Wishart

For first-time visitors to Nagoya, Nagoya Castle is usually the first port of call. This is kind of understandable, as both its grandness and its location makes it an obvious focal point. That said, having been built after the Warring Period (15th-16th century) had come to a close, it is...[ Click to read more ]

How a VPN Can Improve Your Japanese Life

By Bert Wishart

Living in Japan's great, isn't it? The food, the history, the natural beauty, and the bustling cities. But do you know what isn't great? Japanese TV. From its slapstick-heavy comedy shows to formulaic police dramas, it's nauseating variety programs, and the endless, ubiquitous food chat, it's pretty woeful. And it's...[ Click to read more ]

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Spice up Your Life with Nagoya’s Thai Restaurants

By Bert Wishart

Japan is rightly celebrated for being a nation of phenomenal food. From sashimi to oden, from yakitori to yakiniku, there is so much to love about the local cuisine. However, wasabi and Taiwan Ramen aside, there is nothing that really clears out the sinuses, spice-wise. Which is why, for you...[ Click to read more ]

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Tokyo Fireworks Festival in 2024

By Michael Stigall

Fireworks and summer festivals are arguably the best part of summertime in Japan, with days spent wearing yukata and jinbei traditional clothing while munching street food and nights spent outside watching literally hours of explosions and enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, and the crowds.  Summer festivals are a rare...[ Click to read more ]

How to Reach Kumamoto from Tokyo or Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Most visitors to Japan are aware of the top tourist destinations, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and other places in Kansai. However, there are interesting spots to see all over the country, including some that are less frequented by tourists. Visiting these places often gives you a more authentic Japanese...[ Click to read more ]

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Buying a Property in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

If you’re planning the big move to Japan, you may have your heart set on buying your own place rather than renting a home. Kansai has some great properties to buy in places like Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. However, the Japanese home-buying process might be a bit different from what...[ Click to read more ]

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Sites to See on a Trip Around Yatsushiro

By Justin Hanus

A great option for a day trip if you’re in Kumamoto is Yatsushiro. This is a top destination for learning more about history and culture in Japan. 1. Kirai Art Installment If you arrive at Shin-Yatsushiro Station, the first thing you’ll see will be the Kirai art installment. This modern...[ Click to read more ]

Hawaiian Food in Tokyo

By Michael Stigall

There are places one can go to in Japan where it will seem you’ve stepped through Doraemon’s Dokodemo Door and straight up landed in America’s 50th state, Hawaii. From hula dancing to learning to play the ukulele, Japan has been all-in on all things Hawaiian since the heady “Bubble Era”...[ Click to read more ]

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