Yearly Archives: 2009


December 14, 2009 by First Admin

You perhaps couldn’t tell it driving down the street, but Komaki City is a great place for expats to go on a Sunday shopping expedition or afternoon out. Here are some things Komaki has to offer: Komaki Pool (Open 10am-8pm on school holidays, 1pm-8pm weekdays, Closed Mondays) Ph: 0568-78-0102  This indoor heated pool is public and […]

Online Conversions

November 22, 2009 by First Admin

Have you ever wondered just how big your 6 tatami room really is? Trying to figure out if it’s possible to live in an area of 26 tsubo? Wondering just how many goh of rice is too many goh of rice as you measure it out in the rice cooker? Online Unit Conversion is the […]

Having a Baby in Japan

November 16, 2009 by First Admin

Having a baby in a culture other than your own can be intimidating to say the least. Relax, you’re in a country that boasts one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. Birth in Japan is not treated as a medical condition, and midwives hold as much status as doctors do to bring […]

Hard Off, Book Off… Recycle Off

October 27, 2009 by First Admin

Many of you may already be familiar with this very eye-catching sign on the streets of Japan. Book-Off is for second hand books, Hard Off for second-hand hardware, B-Kids for second hand children’s clothes. Here is a more complete list of the shops, and what kinds of things you can find there. The Hard Off […]

Meet and Greet, Infoswap, and the History of all that….

October 26, 2009 by First Admin

I don’t know how many readers of the Japan Info Swap website and the X-Pat Files attend the monthly Meet and Greet luncheon on the second Tuesday of every month…. but did you know that all these things sprang from the same bed of flowers? Several years ago, more years than I care to count, […]