Yen to US Dollar

The US Dollar sucks right now

Image via clipartlord.com Today’s currency conversion rate is at ¥114 to $1. Good thing I converted some money when the rate was 116 Yen per 1 US Dollar, and I almost made the 117 mark! The dollar is getting weaker (of course) and now the Yen is on the rise. Thank God I don’t live…

japanese market shopping in japan

Save Money Shopping in Tokyo

Here’s a quick guide on where to shop for affordable yet durable products in Tokyo and what’s offered at the shops. Asakusabashi Station (East Exit) – There is a chain called Shimojima that has about 5 different buildings full of items from traditional Japanese to supplies, food, housewares and more.  Their main building is approximately…

Roppongi Night Clubs in Tokyo Japan

Enjoying Affordable Bars and Night Life

Izakaya are fantastic. There are also quite a few “one coin bars” around the city. There are a few in major areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku or even Ebisu.  They will literally have a sign that says “one coin bar” and it’s easy to ask anyone because they all understand this term.   These places generally…

Busy Tokyo at Night

Tokyo Most Expensive City to Live

With an average monthly rent of $4,847 Tokyo is once again the most expensive city for Expats! Though the economy of Japan remains sunk deep in deflation, Tokyo continues to hold the #1 position as the most expensive city in world for expatriates to live in. The cause of this can partly to blame on…

集合住宅 apartment buildings

Finding an Apartment in Japan as a Student

It can be a cumbersome task for foreign students to find apartments in Japan, because of some major differences in the language limitation and renting systems. Also there is a factor as to how the Japanese view a foreigner, because they usually base their relationships upon trust. If you are coming to study at a…