Writer: Poppy Reid
Poppy Reid is a professional writer from the UK who now lives in Japan as an English teacher. She loves video games, spicy food, and all things Disney.
Instead of the usual “lose weight”, “get a better job” or “go to the gym every Tuesday” scenario, why not base a realistic (and, let’s face it – fun) Japan or Japanese-based resolution that you can try alone or with friends? How about it?
January 11, 2017
So how can you make sure that you have everything you need in the case of a large earthquake, for example, that may leave you stranded (call for help)?
December 8, 2016
Living in Japan has a countless amount of benefits. It’s a very safe country to live in, the food is great, and it’s usually fairly easy for speakers of English to get a job in a language school. One of the downsides of living in this fantastic country, however, is that it can be very difficult to mix properly with the locals – that is, make friends with Japanese people.
August 17, 2016
Nestled between Ebisu and Shibuya is a quiet little district where famous actors, comedians, models and successful businesspersons congregate, live and spend their time and money. Daikanyama (代官山) is somewhat of a secret from tourists; with the famous districts of Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, Daikanyama is often overlooked.
August 5, 2016
Sukiyaki is a delicious hotpot dish that the Japanese usually eat in wintertime, sometimes during the festive end-of-year season and bounenkai (end-of-year drinking party). It’s also a popular dish for Japanese families to eat together during the winter months to keep warm.
July 21, 2016
Toilets that sing to you, talking robots and gorgeous historical sites are just a few of the things, that make Japan a special country that is unforgettable to visit.
March 26, 2016
Every year in October is the Suwako-Half Marathon in Suwa City, Nagano. 2015 was the 27th year that this 21km (or 13.1 miles) race was held, and over seven thousand people joined to try to complete it in under three hours.
October 30, 2015
This article shows some questions you are likely to be asked by Japanese people if you visit Japan, whether it be for a week’s sightseeing, work or a year of study abroad.
September 8, 2015
In the small city of Okaya in Nagano, there is a yearly two-day festival in the middle of Obon week in August called the Taiko Matsuri (Taiko Drumming Festival). This article is an account of experiencing the Taiko Matsuri, including advice for if you’re planning to go.
August 19, 2015
Every year, Suwa City hosts the Sake Drinking Festival, or Nomi Aruki (Walk and Drink) hosted by Sake makers. It’s hosted not in only one venue, but all over the city, meaning that people who join literally walk all over Suwa to taste different kinds of sake and umeshuu.
May 1, 2015
A homestay family is a couple or a small family that you can stay with during your time abroad. Your university or work placement will most likely organise this program. You may be asked to participate in homestay to improve your language skills, make connections, experience the country's way of life, or all of the above.
April 15, 2015
Teaching abroad is a fantastic experience that looks great on your resume and gives you the opportunity to get paid to travel. In most cases, learning the native language of the country isn't a necessity, and job contracts can be from a few months to a few years long.
April 7, 2015
If you've ever been to Japan, you may have been lucky enough to come across one of ultra-modern, futuristic toilets, perhaps in a high-class restaurant, universities or inside a business building.
April 7, 2015