Being Pregnant Costs Almost Nothing in Japan

If you or your wife/spouse is pregnant and legally reside in Japan, the cost for prenatal care is almost zero. Yes;...

Family ties among elderly are breaking in Japan

Japan is losing its grip on traditional family bonds. This is because the economic reality is that many people cannot afford to live. As...

The Pointing and calling in Japan “Shisa Kanko”

Lucky to be at the very front of a packed train with a good old buddy. As we looked over to the train conductor...

How do you get a driver’s license in Japan? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of the "how to get a driver's license in Japan" series. To see part 1 that covers the process of getting...

Tradition is more important than saving a life?

On April 5th, 2018, a mayor from Kyoto was delivering a speech on a ring at a Sumo competition. Then without any warning, he collapsed....

JET Interview Question?

Don't be stupid. If you have to ask a question like can I bring my mom to my JET interview I have to say...

Divorce Without Consent

Japan is a bit cold when it comes to divorce. Here's a vid on how it commonly happens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=ilM5SDoL2xc Fill out Rikon Fujyuri Moushide-sho to your city hall...

Cops Pull You Over from the Front

Cops in Japan will pull over a car a mnay number of ways. The most interesting tactic I've seen is pulling over a speeding...

Sexual Harassment in Japan

According to a Japanese government report, about 33% of women have been sexually harassed in the work place. Although sexual harassment in the workplace...

Christmas in Japan?

"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Hearing this Christmas song playing in my car as I'm stuck in traffic on the Tomei...

Drinking and Driving Laws in Japan

Despite Japan's unique heavy drinking culture, it is obvious that no one should ever drink and drive. My best friend lost his mother due...

5 Reasons it is not worth Owning a Car in Japan

Owning a car in Japan is an expensive feat. Here are the top  5reasons why it is not worth owning a car in Japan. ...

Why You Shouldn’t Drive Yellow License Plate Cars in Japan

In Japan, there are two categories of cars you should be aware about. Before I go any further on why you shouldn't drive the...

Why You Should Not Buy a House in Japan

Have you even been to a house in Japan? Have you ever noticed how fast home builders erect a house in Japan? Have you ever...

How to Get a Driver’s License in Japan

Having a Japanese driver's license can help many foreign residents integrate themselves smoothly into Japanese society. It has come to my attention however, that people...

Seasons in Japan

Japan experiences 4 beautiful seasons throughout the year. Even though the 4 seasons is a simple natural concept for many, for some reason, people...

Benefits of the Japan JR RAILPASS

The JR Rail Pass (JR = Japan Railway) is by far the most convenient and most economical way for foreigners to travel all around...

Smart Phone for Travel in Japan? (Is it a must?)

Do I really need a smart phone to travel? It depends what you want. Having a phone is very helpful and I carry mine...

What to Bring When Traveling in Japan

A travel opportunity is always greeted with a plan. Here's a few tips on what to bring when you travel in Japan! Three days before...

110 vs 119 Emergency Numbers in Japan

Japan's has three emergency numbers: 110,119, and 118. Unlike the United States, where dialing 911 will get you all three fire, police, and emergency services;...