• Signing Up For A Gym Membership In Japan
    July 20th, 2013By Category: Outdoor/Sports
    Before I came back to Japan, I did a LOT of research. YES, I was here before and YES I decided to come back (after a series of really fortunate events). So, I was accustomed to most things in Japan. Especially the gyms. The "overpriced" gyms that included bright lig ... » Continue Reading
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    Shopping For Poisonous Snake Tea and Some Big Red Underpants
    July 19th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    If you haven’t been to the shopping street known as “The Grandma and Grandpa’s Harajuku,” you’re missing out on one of the wackiest excursions in Tokyo. A five minute walk from Sugamo Station – the most hipster-shunned stop on the Yamanote Line – is the Koshinzuka st ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Booze Jargon: Part 1
    July 18th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Like anything technical or grand, a special jargon has evolved with the art of imbibition. It's true in Japan as it is back home. Some words have a well-worn history and, like 晩酌, point to how booze has seeped into the fabric of Japanese culture. More recent words tend ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo Disneyland
    July 16th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    If you're a Disney fan in Japan, the quintessential place to visit is Tokyo Disneyland itself. Situated near the ocean east of Tokyo, it makes for a great day trip whether you are living in Japan or are just on vacation. The park opens at 9 o'clock during the wee ... » Continue Reading
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    GP Women: Miko is a Can-Do Woman
    July 11th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    The first thing that surprised me was what kind of people Japan attracts. Sure, when I came to live here it wasn't my first time in Japan. I had been here for study abroad and I met people from all over the world. As a Japanese-American woman, I experienced Western men. ... » Continue Reading
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    Final Day of Anime Expo 2013
    July 9th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    The Anime Expo wrapped up its final day with a huge showing of cosplayers. If you are into cosplay, Japanese culture or just curious as to what everyone looks like then I highly recommend checking out the Anime Expo in 2014. ... » Continue Reading
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    Crazy Costumes at the Anime Expo
    July 6th, 2013By Category: Work Tips
    Day 2 of the Anime Expo kicked off and there were even more crazy costumes on display. Which one is your favorite? ... » Continue Reading
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    Cosplayers descend on the Anime Expo in Los Angeles
    July 6th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    The 22nd annual Anime Expo kicked off at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4 - 7. 50,000 people are expected to attend dressed as their favorite Japanese anime character. Cosplayers of all shapes and sizes posed and showed off their custom creations. Many ... » Continue Reading
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    Classic movies on the cinema in Japan.
    July 5th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    The first time I heard about Toho Cinema’s 午前十時映画祭 (Gozen-jyuji-no-eigasai) I almost flipped out. I was in Umeda and noticed that Taxi Driver was among the list of films featured at the movie theater right next to the station. Taxi Driver, I thought, irritated. Oh n ... » Continue Reading
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    Here’s What’s Happening: The Fashion Expo @ Tokyo Big Sight
    July 2nd, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Question: "How much fun a national fashion and shopping event in Tokyo is?" Answer? Ridiculously super fun. I went with GaijinPot contributor, Ryoko to learn about what’s up and coming in both local and global brands that are coming to the big red dot. Don't wor ... » Continue Reading
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    A REAL life in Niigata
    June 30th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    After working 3 years in central Tokyo, I moved to Tochikubo village, Minami-Uonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. Located in southern part of Niigata, Minami-Uonuma city is famous for its brand rice called "Koshihikari". A short 15 minutes ride from Echigo-Yuzawa S ... » Continue Reading
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    Pokemon: Getting up to speed with the 16th movie
    June 28th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    July 13th marks the theatrical release of the 16th Pokemon movie, Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens. So we thought it best to help you get up to speed on the long running and convoluted narrative. A franchise with hu ... » Continue Reading