LIFE & RESIDENCE

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Nov 15, 2019life
The Japanese Postal System

In this article we are going to look at Japan’s postal system and introduce some key post office vocabulary. There are around 24,000 post offices in Japan, which are operated by the Japan Post company (called 日本郵便 or Nippon Yūbin in Japanese).

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Nov 1, 2019life
Tips on Sorting Your Trash in Japan

Although rules for trash and garbage disposal can vary across Japan depending on the prefecture or locality, generally speaking, domestic trash is separated into burnable and non-burnable waste.

Another's Treasure: Second-Hand Goods in Japan
Oct 18, 2019life
Another's Treasure: Second-Hand Goods in Japan
When I was growing up (and I should mention this was in a fairly large city, nothing like where I am now), every family raced to get the best and...
Driving license photo
Oct 4, 2019life
How to Get a Driver’s License in Japan

In the following article we will give a brief introduction to the driver’s license and permit options available to long-term foreign residents in Japan.

FinTech, and the payment services that might solve Japan’s cash-only problem
Sep 20, 2019life
FinTech, and the payment services that might solve Japan’s cash-only problem

Do you prefer to pay with cash? Or do you prefer go cashless?
I’m in the latter camp.
Which is to say, I don’t feel that there’s much merit in using cash.

Hundred Yen Store goods photo
Sep 6, 2019life
The Hundred Yen Store: Everything You Need (And Some Things You Don't)

Sometimes (as is a bit of a theme with some of my articles), you're on a budget because – for example – you just moved to another country and you're only starting to settle in.

Kominka, Japanese countryside
Aug 15, 2019life
The Case for the Kominka: Part 4

Welcome back to The Case for the Kominka. In this part, we'll be going further into the many distinguishing features of old-fashioned Japanese houses, starting with some of their unique rooms.

Japanese Social Taboos – Part 2
Aug 2, 2019life
Japanese Social Taboos – Part 2

This is the second part of our list of common Japanese social taboos that you should avoid when you visit Japan.

A service selling second-hand books with a ‘perspective-based’ value
Jul 26, 2019life
A service selling second-hand books with a ‘perspective-based’ value

Introduction

In Japan today, brick-and-mortar bookstores are on the verge of disappearing. The reason can be found on the internet.