• Why Japan
    July 9th, 2010By Category: Travel
    There are a lot of myths and rumors about Japan. Some are (largely) true: The trains run on time, the people are generally polite, and you spend a lot of your time asking yourself, ‘Why?’ Why do my students keep going on about me having a 'small face' or 'micro-face? ... » Continue Reading
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    Car License Plates in Japan
    June 30th, 2010By Category: Travel
    Last week we put together a guide to getting your driving license in Japan and as a follow up to that we have worked with Plaza Homes of Tokyo to put together a quick guide to help you understand car number plates in Japan. On the top line, the name of the issuing ... » Continue Reading
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    Getting a Drivers License in Japan
    June 18th, 2010By Category: Travel
    As a foreigner the process of getting a drivers license can be tedious but worth it when you consider the cost of driving school in Japan can run over 300,000yen. International licenses are alright to use in Japan, but technically if you are living here you should ha ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan by Bike (Part 5) – Mount Rishiri
    June 8th, 2010By Category: Travel
    This is part 5 of Thomas's journey. Click the link for the previous parts of his time biking around Japan. In north Hokkaido, I took a day off from cycling to visit tiny Rishiri Island. Its 1,721m volcanic peak, abundant in flora and surrounded by ocean, could be ... » Continue Reading
  • Yosakoi Soran
    June 7th, 2010By Category: Travel
    If you haven’t experienced participating in a Japanese festival, you’re missing out on a fantastic opportunity to truly immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Festivals are vital community activities all across the country, from Hokkaido in the north all the way to K ... » Continue Reading
  • The Mystical World of Koya Mountain
    May 10th, 2010By Category: Travel
    I immediately noticed a different feeling about the place. The fresh alpine air filled my lungs as I took in a deep breath and a strange sense of peace and reverence washed over me. Koyasan, a sacred site on the top of a peak in the Kii Mountain Range (Wakayama Prefec ... » Continue Reading
  • Find Your Own Forest in Nara
    May 6th, 2010By Category: Travel
    When foreigners living in Kansai think of Nara, most people think of deer and Todaiji temple. When there are more than 1,000 deer running around the largest wooden structure in the world, it’s hard to think of much else. Of course, these are the two most famous things ... » Continue Reading
  • Shikinejima: Flying Fish Island
    May 4th, 2010By Category: Travel
      Just a three hour jet-ferry ride from Tokyo is an island amidst the Izu islets called Shikinejima. Jima means island in Japanese, and Shikinejima is your basic garden variety jima, even if your first impression, upon approaching (with flying fish spiral ... » Continue Reading
  • Tokyo by Bus
    April 30th, 2010By Category: Travel
    Have you ever watched a bus full of tourists roll by as you walked down a sunny street in a famous city? If you did, perhaps you paused for a moment, wondering what could have possessed such a crowd to willingly get on board, sequestering themselves behind tinted ... » Continue Reading
  • Visiting the Shanghai Expo
    April 30th, 2010By Category: Travel
    On May 1, Expo 2010 Shanghai opens its gates for a six-month run. Some 233 countries and organizations will have exhibits. Even the most modest projections are for a turnout of 70 million visitors, eclipsing the previous world record of 64 million set in Osaka ... » Continue Reading


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