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.
Choosing where you want to live is the first step of apartment hunting in Tokyo. It will have a huge impact not only on your quality of life, but also on how much you can expect to pay in rent. We look at average prices in the central 23 wards to help you find the best value for your priorities.
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...

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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...

(part 2 of our 2 part series, What to Expect When You Are Expecting in Japan - CLICK HERE for part 1)   Congratulations on your baby!   Well done Momma (or Papa), you did it!   Has life settled in for you yet? With all things new, late-night feedings, needing...

(part 1 of our 2 part series, What to Expect When You Are Expecting in Japan - CLICK HERE for part 2) Have you just found out that you are expecting? Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you ahead!   Coupled with the excitement, is perhaps a stark...

We are calling out to you guys- our faithful and loyal clients and followers. We want your help!!   Moving countries can bring about challenges and difficulties—the unknown of a foreign land, and even a foreign language. The Kanji symbols and scripts can make it even more...