7 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Home in Japan

Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to make your home in Japan more comfortable and livable. #1 Go Vertical to Make the Most of Your Space You can clear up a lot of valuable real estate in your kitchen,... More

Budget Rentals

What can you rent in Tokyo for $500 this week?

We combed through the listings to find the best budget rentals in Tokyo this week. Agents and landlords are offering great deals this season as they are trying to fill vacancies after the March peak season. You may be able... More


Getting a Home Loan in Japan as a Foreigner

By Jeff Wynkoop Financing is available for foreigners buying property in Japan, depending on your residence status, income, and work history. Below is an overview of the visa status and work requirements needed to apply for a property loan, which... More

MUJI Launches Tiny Minimalist Hut: A 9.1-sqm Place to Call Your Own

MUJI, the retailer of sleek household products and consumer goods, has announced plans to sell a tiny pre-fab wood and reinforced concrete hut with interior dimensions of just 9.1-sqm (97.9-sqft), tapping into the growing trend in Japan for tiny, minimalist... More

Living in Japan

The Other Hidden Costs of Living in a Japanese Apartment

When you’re trying to decide whether you can afford to move into a particular apartment in Japan, you should also remember the other hidden costs involved, not just things like the deposit or key money. In a previous article, we... More

Tokyo Places Names

Guide to Reading Tokyo Place Names: How to Read Numbers in Names

This is part two of a multipart guide to reading Japanese place names. Here we’ll cover how numbers are used in place names with examples from around Tokyo and other parts of Japan. The examples given below are by no... More

How to Read a Japanese Address

The Japanese address system is based on geographic entities and areas, rather than on a building’s location on a specific street, which is the case in many western countries. In fact, except for Kyoto and Sapporo, an address in Japan... More