Depending on where you live in Japan, the seasons can be a bit extreme. Summer often brings heat and humidity and winter brings the beautiful snowfall. One thing you can count on is that there will be plenty to entertain you. Where I’m located, near Takayama City in Gifu prefecture (often referred to as the … Continue reading Wintertime Entertainment
Need to drive in Japan more than the 1 year given to you by your International driving permit? Your going to need a Japanese drivers license. You could face a fine of up to 300,000 Yen or up to 1 year imprisonment for driving on an expired permit. This could take several months – so … Continue reading Pass Your Japanese Driver’s Test in One Attempt
A holiday and festival called Hinamatsuri (雛祭り, or Girl’s Day/Doll’s Festival, is celebrated on March 3rd. Before the holiday takes place families set out a display of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians (of the Heian period). While I’ve seen these dolls in various settings, I’d never really learned the meaning … Continue reading Hina Ningyo Dolls 雛人形 Ohinasama お雛様
I’ve got a small list of items here. Some I miss terribly from the US, while others are SO much better here in Japan. Am I qualified to say which is “better” after only 1 year in Japan? Absolutely not! But based on my completely biased opinion – I’m going to pass some generalized judgement … Continue reading Is (BLANK) better in Japan or in the US?