Life in Japan Archive

Japanese Martial Arts

The term “Martial Arts” is used frequently to refer to any number of combat systems which originate primarily in Asia, but may also come from Europe or the Americas.  In most cases, martial arts focuses on the use of the body and mind …

Renting an Apartment in Japan and What to Expect

Japanese apartments are very different from those in the United States, primarily due to the smaller size of most accommodations, particularly in large cities like Tokyo. While many apartments are still small in size, there are a growing number of larger apartments throughout …

Non-formal and Fun Ways to Learn Japanese

Learning a foreign language is always difficult, and Japanese is one of those languages that has proven to be more difficult to learn. For one thing, it has four character sets: romaji, kanji, katakana and hiragana. These alone sound intimidating. Still, generally speaking, …

A Guide For Japanese Tourists Abroad

For the Japanese tourist abroad, a vacation should be something that they look forward to. It is a chance to unwind, visit exciting and interesting places, or to simply reconnect with friends and family. What no one wants to experience though, is a …