SIM-only Mobile Phone Service in Japan

Dec 07, 2015 By Admin

Interested in low-cost SIM-only mobile communications services provided by companies called MVNOs (or Mobile Virtual Network Operators)? These services, which use the infrastructure of the big mobile networks, are growing in popularity due to the huge difference in the monthly cost when compared to Softbank, Docomo, and au, whose business...[ Click to read more ]

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Getting to know you: Sakae, Nagoya

Nov 25, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

Sakae is essentially Nagoya's city center in everything but name and is one of the busiest parts of town. It is famous for its vibrancy, drawing people from all over the region on weekends. By day the area is a coruscating hub of people shopping in the various department stores while at night...[ Click to read more ]

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International Supermarkets in Nagoya

Aug 26, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

Japanese food is celebrated the world over, and you are perhaps lucky to live in a country in which the cuisine is held in such high regard. However, sometimes you just hanker after something that tastes of home. Fortunately, some supermarkets cater in particular to those wishing to purchase international foods....[ Click to read more ]

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Noritake Garden – Nagoya’s Ceramic Star

Feb 27, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

Aichi is well known as a centre of Japanese industry, but what is less well known is that it is also the birthplace of one of the world’s leading ceramic dinnerware "china" brands, Noritake. In Japan the word Noritake evokes images of high quality and prestige, it is to Japan what Wedgwood is to England....[ Click to read more ]

Toy Shopping in Nagoya

Oct 28, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

So November is here and, for the more prepared of you, that means its time to get the Christmas presents sorted, particularly finding this year’s must-have toys for your kids. While you can still order G.I. Joes and Barbies from online stores back home you may find that your child’s...[ Click to read more ]

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English language bookshops in Tokyo

Oct 14, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

With the advent of e-readers and smartphones, getting your hands on English language literature in Japan isn’t the challenge it once was. However, whether the book you are looking for isn’t available online, or you just like the feel and smell of turning pages, sometimes you just have to hold...[ Click to read more ]

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Antique Shopping in Nagoya

Jan 24, 2014 By Ray Proper

Like antiques? Whether you are in Japan for a short stay or here for the long haul, you may be interested in purchasing some Japanese-style antique furniture or other knickknack to take home with you. If you are in the market, you are in the right place. Antiques are in...[ Click to read more ]

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Japanese Food Shopping 101

Aug 13, 2013 By First Admin

One thing about coming to a country where the main language is not English, you're either tied to the food that you can read or recognize, or you have to learn to read a certain amount of packaging to avoid sugaring your coffee with baking soda! For instance, did you...[ Click to read more ]

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Finding Western Medicines in Japan

Apr 02, 2013 By Ray Proper

Visitors and residents of Japan from overseas often comment that Japanese drugs are ineffective.  Whether because the dosage is wrong, or they have not been prescribed what they were hoping for; the common refrain is a plea for medicines from home.  Many people will import over the counter medicines in...[ Click to read more ]

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Funky Cool Specialty Bookstores in Tokyo

Mar 19, 2013 By Ray Proper

Another addition to our series on cool neighborhoods in Tokyo; Jinbocho!   Do you have a thirst for books about avant-garde art movements? Insect taxonomy? Early modern maps? Forgotten children's literature? Obscure occult sects? There are specialty stores in Tokyo devoted solely to these topics, but what's amazing is that...[ Click to read more ]

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