...The rainy season continues as we enter July! We have 2 topics to cover for this article--   On the 7th of July is one of the Gosekku (五節句 / 5 annual ceremonies) ... "TANABATA MATSURI!" (七夕祭り)   :-) Also known as Star Festival. We will let you look up its meaning and origins,...

(header photo by Patrick Vierthaler) June and TSUYU With the passing of May’s blue skies and refreshing weather, June is finally here. While Japan may only have four official seasons, this time of the year marks the beginning of another special period- Japan’s rainy season. Called ‘tsuyu’ in...

Sekku Part 2: Golden Week and Boy’s Day (retrospective report, updated mid-May) Once cherry blossom season is finished in Tokyo, attention immediately shifts to Golden Week. Golden Week takes place at the end of April to the beginning of May, and is a series of consecutive holidays...

Hanami is great   In Tokyo, cherry blossoms are usually in full bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April but this year (2021) they came a little early. As you all my know, among all seasonal Japanese traditions, Hanami is by far one...

Food and the Seasons With the passage of Hinamatsuri, spring is finally upon us in Tokyo (article posted in mid-March). If you look up at trees in the city, plum blossoms should now be gone with the buds of the Sakura trees getting bigger and bigger. It...

Apts.jp guest article, by Trevor of Best Japan Items Comments by Team Apts.jp   Planning on living in Japan, but you are still unsure what to expect in a Japanese household? Whether you got the job as an English teacher or an IT specialist and now are going...

Institut français du Japon (IFJ) is the official French government center of language and culture in Japan, attached to the French Embassy in Japan. The Institut français du Japon works to share the French language and culture, by relying on its network of five branches, in...

So you're a working professional, and you've realized that Japan is a country that you'd like to live and work in. Or maybe you're just out of college, you love Japan, and you're wondering how to get a job in Japan. Whatever your life and career...

RTek [Apts.jp parent company] PRESS RELEASE June 10, 2020 IT focused real estate venture, RTek, has pledged to donate a portion of its leasing sales to Doctors Without Borders, to support COVID-19 emergency relief. RTek Inc. (President Ken Nagao) is now offering assistance to Doctors Without Borders*1, to support...

Are you a fur mom or dad and thinking about bringing your fur baby to live with you in Tokyo? In other words-- "Are you planning on living in Tokyo, and do you want to take your pet with you?" If the answer is, "Yes.", then please...