Yearly Archives: 2012

10 Things to Know about Using Japanese Toilets

December 20, 2012 by Ray Proper

  Some toilets have heated seats, which make winter usage much more pleasant. Don’t mess with the buttons unless you are sitting and know what they are for! “Otohime” or sound princess can be used to cover the sound of bodily functions by broadcasting the sound of a toilet flushing through a small, push button […]

10 Funny Japanese-English Phrases

December 10, 2012 by Ray Proper

Fun with “loan words;” words borrowed from other languages and re-purposed in Japanese.   Which one is your favorite? Don-mai! – Comes from “Don’t Mind” and is used for “Don’t worry about it” Sumaho – Comes from “Smartphone” Cool Biz – A phrase used for summer business dress allowing for short sleeves and tieless dress […]

Toyota Home Artificial Ice Skating Rink in Nagoya

December 7, 2012 by Ray Proper

Starting today, Friday December 7th, and running until March 3, 2012 at Oasis 21 in Sakae, you will once again find the Toyota Home  Artificial Ice Skating Rink.   The Synthetic Ice they  use is pretty neat; it is not at all cold, but if you fall on it you might get splinters, so if you […]

How to sidestep Japan’s unconventional prepaid cellphone law

December 4, 2012 by Jason Gatewood

Japan’s telecommunication laws prevent those who do not have a valid ID card from procuring any kind of cellphone or telephone that has a telephone number attached to it. For foreigners in Japan, that means either the new Residence Card, or the soon-to-be-obsolete Alien Card will be needed, along with a visa with at least one year’s […]