How to prepare for flooding and landslides during Japan’s rainy season

The danger of landslides and flooding in Japan cannot be underestimated, especially during the rainy season. It is also no less a risk factor than earthquakes when assessing the merits and demerits of living in a certain neighborhood or buying... More

Akiya Banks in Japan – Links to Vacant House Databases by Prefecture

Akiya banks are databases of vacant or abandoned homes in Japan where owners and local governments can list properties for sale and buyers can search for vacant homes to buy. The two main nationwide akiya banks (空き家バンク) are operated by... More

Hachioji, Machida, Western Tokyo Cities: COVID Vaccination Ticket Schedule

As of June 3rd, the majority of the cities in the Tokyo western suburbs have not announced when they will be mailing out COVID-19 vaccination vouchers. Hachioji, Musashino, Kunitachi, and Hinode are scheduled to start sending voucher packets in June.... More

Tokyo 23 Wards COVID Vaccination Ticket and Schedule: For 16 to 64 Year Olds

[Article updated on June 3rd, 6:30am (JST)] About half of Tokyo’s 23 Wards will be sending out COVID-19 vaccination tickets within June for people between 16 and 64, and a handful of wards will also start vaccinating people in this... More

How to get rid of your things when you move out of your Japanese apartment

I recently moved out of the small 1K apartment I had been living in for over three years. Over the course of those three years I accumulated a lot of knick knacks and trash. And to be completely honest, I... More

How the resident foreigner population of Tokyo has changed in the past year

Not to overstate the obvious, a lot has changed in Japan in the past year. In this article we take a wide-angle look at how the foreign resident population of Tokyo has changed, based on population data compiled by the... More

How to prevent moisture and mold in your apartment during Japan’s rainy season

During Japan’s rainy season, moisture build up in your home can make life a bit uncomfortable and if left unchecked could lead to a much more serious problem, in the form of mold. Mold growth in your home is, of... More