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Living in Osaka

Where to Buy Foreign Groceries in Osaka: Supermarket Guide

By Martha Knauf I moved to Japan from Vietnam three years ago, and at first I was amazed at the options I had at standard Japanese super markets like Life, Aeon, and Kohyo compared with what I’d had in Southeast... More

Living in Japan

50+ Essential Kitchen and Cooking Words: English-Japanese Glossary

This article is part of our series on how to live in a Japanese apartment. In this chapter we present a basic English-Japanese glossary of useful words having to do with the kitchen, cooking, and cleaning up. Room Basics First,... More

Living in Tokyo

Where in Tokyo do most foreigners live?

In this article we take a look at the foreigner population of Tokyo to see what nations are most represented and where in Tokyo most foreigners live. The data comes from a recent survey by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. What... More

Living in Japan

9 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Apartment in Japan

Do not despair if your apartment in Japan does not have as much space or storage as you might like. Below are nine simple and inexpensive ways to organize a Japanese studio apartment, using mostly items available at 100 Yen... More

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How to Use Your Cell Phone in Japan: With JP Smart SIM

One of the hardest things about starting your life in Japan is…getting a cell phone! This isn’t just because you need a phone to keep in touch with friends or family, but because a cell phone is an essential part... More

Best Places to Live

Best Places to Live in Tokyo: 2018 Survey

Here are the most desirable places to live in greater Tokyo, according to a recent survey of locals conducted earlier this year by SUUMO. The survey asked local residents to name the best places to live in greater Tokyo, which... More

1R, 1K, 1DK, 1LDK Apartment: What’s the Difference and Which Should I Rent?

When you are looking at apartment listings in Japan, rather than being told the number of bedrooms the property has, you’ll come across these terms: 1R, 1K, 1DK, and 1LDK. These abbreviations tell you how many rooms in total the... More