Book Review – Audrey Hepburn’s Neck

May 28, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Audrey Hepburn’s Neck offers perspective and an out of the ordinary insight into modern Japan and its wartime past, a clever study of cross-cultural obsessions, of erotic, romantic, and familial love. It tells the story through the eyes of a young Japanese cartoonist, Toshi Okamoto. Toshi traces his intense attraction...[ Click to read more ]

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Dealing with Kids During Coronavirus in Tokyo

May 27, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

As a father of three elementary school-aged children in Greater Tokyo, I know the struggle that most parents have been enduring ever since schools were told to close back in mid-March. At the same time, my wife and I were told to work from home and the whole nation went...[ Click to read more ]

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Test Your Air Conditioner Before Summer Comes

May 25, 2020 By Admin

We recommend you test run your air conditioner at this time of the year. Manufacturers get busy with inquiries and repair requests when summer comes, and it could take a long time before your air conditioner is fixed if there is a problem. Here is how you can test your...[ Click to read more ]

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Great Places to See a Sunset in Kansai

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Sunsets can provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic evening or be a fitting endpoint for a nice walk. With many high vantage points across the region as well as great natural scenery, Kansai boasts several ideal spots to watch the sun go down in the evening. If you fancy...[ Click to read more ]

Great Music from Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Kansai has been responsible for some great music over the years with everything from rock to electronic music to northern soul having its own distinct scene. Osaka in particular has rivaled Tokyo when it comes to producing globally influential acts. Here is a selection of some of the most successful...[ Click to read more ]

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License Expiring? – Get a 3-month Extension

Apr 30, 2020 By Gloria Nakane

Due to the corona virus and the Emergency Declaration in Japan, the authorities will extend the expiration date of any driver's license expiring between now and July 31,2020. But this is not automatic; you need to apply for this 3-month extension. Don't know when your license expires? Check the date...[ Click to read more ]

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Smartphone and Computer Repairs in Hiroshima

By Hugh Cann

As a foreign national while one can get by on an ordinary day-to-day basis with many things these days in living in Japan, there are somethings that can get complicated. Smartphone and computer repairs is one of those potentially mendokusai (bothersome) things, right? You will find that language is less...[ Click to read more ]

Staying entertained while #stayinghome in Tokyo

By Jason Gatewood

Every 2 or 3 months in this space, I write a piece introducing a community in Greater Tokyo and encourage readers to take a trip to check it out themselves. Perhaps the most challenging thing about the novel coronavirus pandemic is my missing these attractions. Since none of us can...[ Click to read more ]

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Keeping your Social Distance while in Japan

Apr 28, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

While the “lockdowns” that are seen in many countries are currently impossible to put into effect in Japan because of how the laws are interpreted, it is still up the upmost importance to follow the recently unveiled San Mitsu Rules (三密対策) and avoid the following: 密接 Misetsu - avoid talking...[ Click to read more ]

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Things to do in Tokyo during Rainy Season

Apr 26, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

We’ve braved yet another cold winter, sat out under the pink trees during hanami season, and seen it warm up steadily with our minds starting to look towards the barbecues, beach trips, and bon ordori festivals of summer. But we have to get through three or so weeks of dreary,...[ Click to read more ]