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.
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.

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...