My favorite tools for learning
Japanese and sharpening my listening skills in Japanese are
the fun, free podcasts at
- I found several guides on the
Internet that were helpful when we planned our move to Japan.
So why write another one? Every guide was based on a
different person's experience. Each had strengths and
weaknesses, and none were perfect in the details.
That's why you should read two or three and compare them. This
guide covers critical information and concerns about moving to
Japan and living here that were
important to us, including housing, money, food, transportation, phone
Living in Japan 101: Getting Started -
Living in Japan 202 -
The longer we live in Japan, the more we learn. We're so
grateful for the friends who have given us tips along the way.
In many ways, we would be lost without them. The purpose
of this section is to do that for you. Here are some
stories and insights from our own experiences living in Japan.
There aren't many guides yet, but the number will grow with
time. If you want to send a short article please let me
Climbing Mount Fuji ->
Giving Birth, Having a Baby in Japan
Car in Japan ->
Japanese Driver's License and Driving Test Tips ->
- Shibuya is a place where people search for the new Japan. It has it's own culture and
style, with hints of Seattle, Venice Beach and Times Square. It's not just the tourists who show up
their cameras. Shibuya is crawling with Japanese videographers
and photographers, from serious looking college
students to suave looking young men seeking
bizarre teenage girls. Almost everyone is looking for someone or
desperately wanting to be found. So does Shibuya hold
the secrets to the future of Japan?
Glimpses of Japan
Here are some of my favorite photos from our time so far in
Japan. I enjoy the way that pictures can reveal glimpses
of truth in a captured moment, so I hope these photos will
help you see and understand Japan and Japanese people.
If you enjoy these photos, please come back. This
collection should grow in quantity and quality over time.
Youth and Youth Culture ->
Temples and Shrines ->
Japanese Festival (Houjiou Godai Matsuri) ->
Cityscapes and Urban Details ->
Japan Cherry Blossoms 2003 ->
- Moving to a new culture is hard work. It takes effort to accomplish simple tasks, and it's worse if
you don't speak the language. Many people feel isolated and
helpless. Some even end up rejecting, or even hating their
host culture. With all this in mind, one of the best pieces
advice for anyone moving to Japan (or anywhere else) is to go
with a sense of humor. Fortunately, Japan will give you many opportunities
for humor. Here are some images and moments that have
caused us to smile or even laugh out loud.
Something Different ->
Japan is known for a lot of
things, but not for discount shopping. We are learning
to make the most of our budget and doing pretty well. But along with
many other expatriates and Japanese, we are excited because we
have a Costco nearby (the Machida store). At Costco you can find everything from spaghetti sauce and frozen lasagnas to
barbecue grills (just like at the USA branches).