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Shibamata summer fireworks in Tokyo

Shibamata summer fireworks in Tokyo

On Tuesday 26th July 2011 I went to see the summer fireworks display at Shibamata, north east of central Tokyo. From the station I had to walk through a traditional street before getting to the park where the fireworks were to take place. I made it to the park by the river just before the fireworks started. The fireworks were very [...]

How to find a Leopalace flat in Japan

How to find a Leopalace flat in Japan

Leopalace is one of the largest flat/apartment rental companies in Japan. If you want a real self-contained home (rather than a room with shared facilities in a guest house) they are a good option to consider as they are happy to rent to foreigners, and have information and telephone help available in English. Usually the flats come pre-furnished [...]

Hiring a car in Japan

Hiring a car in Japan

During our holiday to Okinawa we hired three cars; one in Naha, one on Tokashiki Island, and one on Ishigaki Island. This is an account of how we hired the cars, and what it is like to drive in Japan. Booking a car at a Japanese travel agent Two of the cars (for Naha and Ishigaki) were booked in advance at a Japanese travel agents in [...]

Japan visa change of status and extension

Japan visa change of status and extension

If you are moving to a job which requires a different residency status from your current one, you will need to file a change of status application with immigration. This post talks about my experience of changing my ‘designated activities’ status (working holiday visa) to a ‘specialist in humanities / international services’ status. There [...]

Teaching English in Japan FAQ

Teaching English in Japan FAQ

Teaching English in Japan is a popular job for people who want to experience life in Japan for at least a year. This FAQ is made up of a mixture of 1st hand and 2nd hand information. Feel free to add your questions or corrections in the comments section. What qualifications to I need to be an English teacher in Japan? The main one is to [...]

Digital TV in Japan and setting up the digibox

Digital TV in Japan and setting up the digibox

On 24th July 2011 Japan will switch to digital TV. During the build up they put a message in corner of the analogue channel saying ‘Analog’ in katakana (アナログ), and at the bottom of the screen was a reminder that the analogue TV will soon be switched off. By moving to digital you can get access to of extra Japanese [...]

Japan visa FAQ

Japan visa FAQ

There is lots of official and unofficial information about visas for Japan. The aim of this page is to share a bit of my *unofficial* knowledge on the subject, and help you to understand the official guidelines (i.e. the information issued by the Japan immigration, and Japanese embassies). Always trust the official information rather than [...]

Buying a SoftBank prepaid phone

Buying a SoftBank prepaid phone

SoftBank offer a range of prepaid phones aimed at people who are resident in the country for a short time. SoftBank is the phone network that is used by the majority of foreigners in Japan, so if you are intending to make calls or send messages to other foreign friends it is probably the network you should be on. Before going for the [...]

Japan re-entry permits and embarkation / disembarkation cards

Japan re-entry permits and embarkation / disembarkation cards

This page is about Japan re-entry permits and the embarkation / disembarkation cards that you have to fill in when you enter and leave the country. Both are closely linked together so I've put this information in one larger post, rather than two smaller ones. Re-entry permits for Japan If you have a visa (residence status) to be in Japan and [...]

Veggie ramen at Kagetsu

Veggie ramen at Kagetsu

Once a year the ramen chain Kagetsu produces a limited edition veggie ramen dish that is served for only a month or two. This year’s 2011 vegetarian ramen started in April, and it is delicious! As well as the ramen they have also produced a vegetarian gyoza side dish. To try it visit your local Kagetsu quick before it is over. They are [...]

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