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Living in Japan – All You Need To Know To Enjoy Your Expat Life in Japan

Well you made it here, congratulations! Living in Japan is an experience that is hard to encapsulate in words. It is beyond rewarding and rich but can also be extremely challenging as a foreigner. There is an infinite list of things “I wish I had known before I moved to Japan” and this list grows every single day, if not by the hour.

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Living in Japan – The Essential Tips

As a foreigner we have many things to overcome here. Simple tasks such as going to the bank or grocery store are things we normally do without thinking become an absolute undertaking that require preparation and a degree of planning. There are so many social cues and cultural points that we miss and absolutely fail to abide by when we get here. Living in Japan doesn’t mean you have to give up your identity but it should go without saying that the more you assimilate and accept this new culture, the easier and, quite frankly, the more rewarding your life will be. 

These, tips, or should I say, nuggets of knowledge will help you transition here and understand the sometimes more difficult parts of life in Japan. Renewing your residence card, changing your address, paying your bills and rent are much easier when done correctly the first time. 

Living in Japan – The Language

It should go without saying but all of this is easier if you speak Japanese, you will also get an  understanding of the culture by learning the language. There are nuances in the language that will inherently teach you about the culture that you absolutely, 100% can not understand by not speaking the language. We’ll give you tips on the best language schools in Tokyo as well  as throughout the country, self study tips and even groups that can help you boost your ability! 

Living in japan can be and is, an incredibly fun, meaningful and life changing experience that doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems! Follow this guide to living in Japan and start living with ease! 

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Cycling in Japan – All You Need to Know Before Riding a Bike in Japan (infographic)

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October 24, 2018

Riding your bicycle in Japan is a good way to explore places you normally can’t reach or simply because it’s convenient. Discover the beautiful countryside or a day at…

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Tokyo vs. Osaka: The Differences Between the Two Largest Cities in Japan

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October 22, 2018

Japan is a country that’s on almost everyone’s list to visit at least once in their lives. Yet, deciding which cities and areas you’d like to visit is ultimately…

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What to pack in your earthquake emergency bag? (infographic)

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October 18, 2018

Japan sits on what is known as the Ring of Fire, a dangerous area in the Pacific Ocean where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Because of this, Japan…

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10 Best Spots to Spend Halloween in Tokyo 2018

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October 5, 2018

It’s almost that crazy time of year again when ghosts and ghouls come out and play and the dead walk the earth – Halloween. Japan has embraced Halloween in…

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30 Japanese expressions to know when traveling in Japan (infographic)

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September 24, 2018

When traveling to the land of the rising sun, it’s a good idea learn a few Japanese words or expressions. Although you probably can get by with just using…

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How to Behave While in Japan? 10 Japanese Manners You Need to Know

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September 21, 2018

The world is full of marvelously different peoples and cultures. Experiencing them is one of today’s greatest allowances, thanks to technology and the ease of modern transportation. However, as…

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How Do You Properly Bow in Japan? (infographic)

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September 18, 2018

Bow in Japan – One of the first things that people learn about Japan – other than where it is on the map – is that there are rich,…

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What To Do in Case of an Earthquake in Japan? (infographic)

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September 13, 2018

Earthquake Japan – For those currently living and working in Japan, earthquakes are commonplace happenings that are easily ignored when they happen throughout the day. This is mainly due…

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Ueno Shopping – The best spots

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September 12, 2018

In the northeast of Tokyo lies Ueno, which is famous for its many world class museums such as the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Nature and…

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Asakusa Shopping – The best spots

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September 12, 2018

In the north-east of central Tokyo lies the historical district Asakusa. Unlike other districts, Asakusa has remained a more traditional neighborhood with its many historical buildings, temples and shrines….