The City of Kobe (Travel Guide)

Japan holds a strange and somewhat magical hold on the imaginations of some travelers. The subject of fascination can vary greatly between each individual, ranging from romantic visions of ancient landscapes to those of modern pop culture exports. However, to residents of Japan these landscapes (and many more in-between) exist simultaneously. While most foreign travelers…

AirAsia Flight Attendants and Executives

AirAsia and ANA Venture Success

Flights are expensive, and that’s why I’m happy to see budget airlines succeed and expand. Air Asia, a Malaysian company, is a very affordable airline that mostly flies around South East Asia and in 2011 they teamed up with Japan’s All Nippon Airways to offer affordable flights to and from Tokyo and Osaka. I wasn’t sure how…

Japanese Girl with Tebori Traditional Tattoo

Osaka Prefecture Tough on Tattoos, Good or Bad Thing?

In the past, tattoos have been a sign of rebellion and in Japan it has traditionally been associated with yakuza or gang membership, especially large, intricate designs, but not anymore. However, they might get you demoted in Japan’s third largest city the Osaka. In May, a full-scale crackdown on tattoos was launched by a rising…

New Residence Card replacing Alien Registration Card (gaikojin torokusho)

A new residency management system will be introduced on July 9th. Get ready! You’ll have 3 years from this date to get your new Residence Card (zairyu card). This new system will apply to mid-term and long-term residents in Japan. The aim is to enable the Ministry of Justice to maintain up-to-date information required for…

Samsung Galaxy S III on Sale in Tokyo

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the strongest Android challenger to Apple’s iPhone in the mobile market. It is very interesting to see how Japanese consumers as well as consumers across the world will respond and take to it. Two launching events were held by NTT Docomo in Tokyo for the chief handset of its…