Summer Days Out in Hiroshima

Apr 30, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Surrounded by sea, mountains and pretty waterways, Hiroshima is something of an ideal location to spend away the summer months. If you find yourself with a spare day or two in the prefecture and don’t want to travel too far out, there are plenty of great places to escape to....[ Click to read more ]

Best Schools in Kumamoto

Apr 26, 2024 By Justin Hanus

With a smaller expat population than some Japanese prefectures, Kumamoto doesn’t have the same depth of international schools that you might find in Tokyo or Osaka. However, you will find a diverse range of educational establishments providing teaching from preschool to college age. Here is a pick of top schools...[ Click to read more ]

Great Walks in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

With summer fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to plan a jaunt or two away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Japan is a country well-known for its bright and busy cities but it also contains some spectacular natural scenery. The Kansai region, home to the former capital...[ Click to read more ]

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Top Tips for Daily Life in Hiroshima

Mar 26, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Hiroshima is a welcoming city that has become home to many international residents from around the world. However, it may be quite different from what you’re used to. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you survive in everyday life. 1. Finding Housing Most people in Hiroshima find somewhere to...[ Click to read more ]

Disability Venues & Activities in Kumamoto

Mar 25, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Disability access in Japan has improved greatly in recent times, whether that be making buildings more disability-friendly or providing opportunities for those with disabilities to engage with activities. However, there is still some way to go and many improvements to make in all parts of Japan to ensure that people...[ Click to read more ]

How to get your package redelivered in Japan

Feb 29, 2024 By Admin

The access and timeliness of delivery services are one of the most convenient parts of life in Japan.   Although figuring out the process of rescheduling the delivery (when you can't schedule the delivery time) can be tricky. Furthermore, some parcels need to have the signature of the recipient to...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Hanami Spots in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Hanami is an annual event unique to Japan. The word means “flower viewing” and it relates to the springtime blooming of the flowers on cherry blossom trees (sakura) across Japan. Every year around late March to early April, regions all across the country have their Hanami season that is the...[ Click to read more ]

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Do You Know Nags? – Uncovering Nagoya’s Hidden Gems – Part 6

Feb 28, 2024 By Bert Wishart

Whether you’re new in the city or are a Showa Gaijin, Nagoya is a city that always surprises. New restaurants, shops, and drinking establishments spring up all the time, and you can be wandering down an oft-trodden street and come across an ancient temple that you’ve never seen before. We...[ Click to read more ]

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Dance Classes in Kumamoto

By Justin Hanus

Whether you want to shake your body to the beat or learn something a bit more structured, you can find a wealth of dance classes to suit all needs in Kumamoto. Here is just a small selection of what’s happening in the prefecture. Ballroom Dancing Having once been quite an...[ Click to read more ]

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Bouldering in Tokyo in 2024

By Michael Stigall

I doubt that there is a single kid in the western world and a few from other places in the world who does not want to crawl the walls like a certain well-known web-slinging superhero. While most of those climbing feats aren’t possible, it is still possible to do some...[ Click to read more ]

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