Whew, boy, Tokyo is in the grip of a punishing heatwave and it's only June! The average high for this time of year is only 24°C (75°F), but the news is predicting temps close to 40°C (104°F) for the next couple of days. Luckily, Japan has lots of little gadgets, gizmos, and doohickies to help people survive these sticky conditions. Grab a glass of water, pull up a seat by the air con, and let us tell you about our favorite items for beating the summer heat.
If you are planning to move to Japan in the near future, you may be wondering what kind of visa you need to rent an apartment. Read on to find out the details and some workarounds if your visa isn't eligible.
The Tokyo area has had some big tremblers over the past couple of weeks, so it is a good time to review disaster preparedness. Whether you are new to the city and wondering what you need to do or a long-time resident just checking your current plan is solid, read on to find out how to prepare for an earthquake or other major disaster.

Have you recently relocated to Japan, or are you deciding on a big move and wondering whether this country will suit you? Well, we must say, we love this country with all its excitement and quirks, but like any foreign land, some things are a...

Are you struggling to find the time and energy to keep up a clean home and not be entirely consumed by it? There is so much going on in our lives these days that it's hard to juggle it all. Whether you are single, a...

Living in a foreign country can be exciting with all the new adventures and cultural experiences. So you can continue living your new life adventure, it's best to know where to go, in case you fall ill or have an accident. Whether it is the...

Are you loving your Tokyo life, living in the big city? (We hope so!! But if getting a new apartment would improve your life- we can help with that! :-) ) The only downfall of living in the city, could be the lack of grocery stores,...