Tokyo Midtown Hibiya: Upscale shopping at the Emperor’s front door

April 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Tokyo’s Hibiya district is known mostly for its namesake park right next to the Imperial Palace grounds, and being home to many Japanese government offices as well as corporations. If you want to shop, then you’d just need to wander a bit east into the Ginza and Yurakucho areas… But this is 2018, and who’s […]

How to Bitcoin in Japan

December 26, 2017 by Jason Gatewood

No doubt you’ve heard of the digital currency Bitcoin in the past few months thanks in part to its meteoric rise in value over the last part of 2017. While some have likened it to a computerized form of the Tulip Craze of the 1600’s, the technology underpinning it, the “blockchain”, is what makes it […]

Shopping via Remailing Services to Japan

December 26, 2017 by Jason Gatewood

No matter how cosmopolitan Japan gets, there will always be that one item that’s impossible to find from back home. Amazon fills the gap a little bit, but there are still some items that won’t get shipped to Japan. In those cases, I tend to use a remailing service to help fill the gap. What’s […]

Rain, rain, go away! Places to go in Hiroshima when it rains

November 20, 2017 by Jade Brischke

How’s about this rain hey? Well, actually, no, that’s not what most of us have been asking or saying here in Hiroshima. It involves far more colourful language and none of it is positive. Combined with fluctuating temperatures, it’s causing all sorts of problems, particularly with people who have allergies. More to the point though, […]

Book-Off: Hiroshima’s Answer to Everything you Need

May 19, 2017 by Jade Brischke

As a foreigner in Japan (especially when you first arrive), life can be a little difficult adjusting to a new place and a completely different culture. You may need to find furniture, or at least things to personalise your apartment and make it your own and you may not want to spend big money on […]

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