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Maori an inspiration to Ainu people

A delegation of indigenous Ainu people from Japan is in Taranaki this week to share experiences and learn from local Maori about language …

The Ghosts of Fukushima

Hisao Yanai, a one-armed, chain-smoking, retired yakuza boss, stands alone behind the bar at Ippei, the restaurant he owns in the Japanese town of …

Home Sweet Home

I was recently in my former home of Hong Kong, to catch up with some old friends and to discuss some potential new writing projects with a publishing …

Japan

10 Reasons Why Japan is Awesome for Solo Female Travel

I didn't go to Japan looking to test out its safety or to see if it was or wasn't a good place for solo female travel. I'm so used to traveling on my own these days that it seems normal to me, however I have to say, I was especially blown away by my solo experience in Japan.<p>Not only did I feel …

Japan

Average Rent for Major Cities in Japan: Are you paying more?

Below is the average rent per square meter for the major rental markets around Japan, from January to October 2015, as reported by Tokyo Kantei.<p>Are …

Using Video Games to Improve your Japanese: Does it Work?

If you’re a regular reader of my inane ramblings here on <i>Gaijinpot</i>, then you may remember back in autumn of last year when I penned a blog outlining …

Darth Vader

The Ritualization of Everyday Life in Japan

Typical of any city dweller, I find myself popping in and out of the convenience store an average of 1-2 times a day. These shops put their western …

Japan

Heianjingu Shrine

Despite the impressive scale of its sacred ground – not to mention its massive torii gate – Heian-jingu’s history is comparably shorter than its …

Mount Koya

Solemn prayers resound deep in the mountains of Wakayama. At the top of Mount Koya, an isolated Buddhist retreat has been in quiet operation since it …

Japan

1. Invest in a pair of rain boots

The dreaded rainy season is upon us, bringing with it unpredictable downpours, moldy futons, steamy train cars and Albert Einstein-inspired hair. …

Know that change is gonna come

This is not your typical body-positive rant. This one’s Japan specific. For most of us non-Japanese women, moving to Japan and transitioning to life …

What can you buy in Kyoto for Less Than $300,000?

In this article we take a look at some examples of what you can buy in Kyoto for less than $300,000 (¥31 million).<p>Average Price of a House in …

Shimbashi Station

(新橋: 新 – New 橋 – Bridge) first opened in October of 1872, making it one of Japan’s oldest stations. It was also the terminus for Japan’s first …

Medical Emergencies

If you required emergency assistance in Tokyo, or anywhere in Japan for that matter, would you know which number to call and what to do? If not, read …

Futuristic Toyota Commercial Demonstrates The Changing Face of Japan

A recently released commercial about a retired gentleman in some future year getting a drive in the production model of an autonomous vehicle concept …

Japan

Being Vegan in Japan 3: Classics of Modern Japanese Cuisine

This is the last article in a three-part series about going to Japan as a vegan. Part one introduced traditional Japanese cuisine, its opportunities …

Small Room Decorating Ideas from Japan

Here are some interior design ideas from Japan for small spaces. Except for one, the photos below are all of studio apartments (called 1R [1-Room] or …

What is the average price of a new house in Japan?

In this article, we take a look at the average price of a newly constructed house in Japan by major region and city, based on data from Tokyo …

Journey to Japan 9: A Matter of Taste

Is it possible to eat well in Japan with an unadventurous Western palate? How about as a vegetarian? This pizza-loving Brit takes a look at just a …

Vegetarian

Confirming the pregnancy

It’s amazing how two little lines popping up on a stick can produce such a range of conflicting emotions in a person. Hopefully, that range tends …

Fukushima

Sadly for many tourists, Fukushima remains off-limits because of the Dai-ichi nuclear accident but the no-entry zone actually makes up less than 10% …

Ribbon Chapel in Hiroshima: Most Popular Project of the Year

The Ribbon Chapel at the Bella Vista Sakaigahama resort in Onomichi, Hiroshima has been named by ArchDaily, a leading architectural website, as its …

Hiroshima

Naoshima

One of the most progressive, dynamic, and celebrated hotbeds of contemporary art in the world is a small fishing island sleeping on the waves of …

Top Stations by Lowest Rent: 30 minutes or less direct to Shinjuku

Updated April 18, 2017<p>In a previous article, we wrote about the top 10 stations with the lowest rent in Tokyo’s 23 wards. Many of these stations are …

Unique Homes in Japan: 2.7 Meter Wide, 27 Meter Long House

In this installment of the unique homes series, we feature a family residence in Shiga prefecture, in western Japan, that is 27-meters (88.5-feet) …

5 things you didn’t know you could buy at the “Kombini”

It has often been said that Japan has vending machines for almost everything. Whether it’s a hot coffee, an iced tea, or even an umbrella, chances …

Japan

Unique Homes in Japan: Tatami Mat Grid House

In this installment of the unique homes in Japan series, we feature a house in Niigata, where every single room in the 87-sqm house is designed to …

Udo Jingu

Set into a rugged cave hugged by the dramatic shores of the Nichinan Coast, the Udo Jingu is a unique and photogenic shrine straight from a storybook.<p>…

Looking for Love: Interracial Relationship Struggles

You finally found that special someone to share your lazy Sunday mornings with and you can’t wait to take them on a romantic getaway. New …