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08/11/2019 Life and Manners in Japan

5 Quick and Easy Tips to Make a Good Impression on the Japanese Business Scene

Learning all of the intricate rules that shape business conduct in Japan could take a lifetime. This is evidenced by the intimidating amounts of content available on this topic. It’s enough to make you throw in the towel and give up your dreams of working or starting a business in Japan.
I’m here to tell you to hold on to those dreams. Despite the overwhelming amount of rules and cultural norms, you’ll find that your Japanese professional counterparts will take context into account—the fact that you weren’t born and raised in this system. You aren’t expected to be perfect.
Now, this isn’t a license to wear a hoodie and tennis shoes to your next meeting. What I do what to emphasize is that knowing some practical business basics can go a long way toward making a good impression.

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26/10/2015 Visit: Parks & Nature  Visit: Temples & Shrines

5 Places to Visit in Kyoto’s Mt. Arashiyama in Autumn

Hogon-in Temple: the best autumn foliage spot in Arashiyama During Koyo season, Hogon-in Temple (famous for its beautiful garden) and is open to the public from the beginning of October to the beginning of January.  You can visit the Shishiku garden, that is usually not open to the public, so expect the place to be crowded. Illuminations are usually also available at the end of the opening period.  Go to Hogo-in using what3words: ///goes.avoiding.fondest Tenryuji Temple and its view on the mountain Tenryu-ji Temple is registered as a World Heritage of Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. It was built in 1339. The main attraction here is the spacious Sogenchi Pond Garden, that […]

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03/10/2018 Visit: Parks & Nature

Autumn Adventures: The Fall Colors of Lake Okutama

You may be familiar with Mt. Takao, the closest and easiest hike near Tokyo. If you’ve experienced all that Mt. Takao has to offer, it’s time to go deeper into the mountainous Okutama region. A mere 90-minute train ride from Shinjuku Station, Lake Okutama is an accessible escape into nature with scenery and activities that everyone can enjoy.

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05/11/2019 Festivals & Events

Event Review: How the Tokyo Motor Show Reinvented Itself for 2019

The Tokyo Motor Show 2019 was a desperately needed shot in the arm for Japan’s premier automotive industry event, and this particular iteration is the best I’ve experienced so far. Over the years the show had lost much of its luster due to a lack of exciting sports cars coupled with the general consumer shift away from vehicle ownership in Japan and throughout the world.

In this article I’ll explain why the show is at its best this year with the hope that the organizers will continue in this direction for the next show in two years’ time.

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31/10/2019 Life and Manners in Japan

How to Find the Right Doctor for You in Tokyo: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion

In this third article in our health care roundtable series, my colleagues and I share more specific details about our individual experiences with the Japanese healthcare system in Tokyo. Once again, I’m joined by Amelie, originally hailing from France, David from Belgium, and Tamon, born here in Japan. In this casual chat, we talk about finding healthcare in English (including the potential pitfalls of doing so), prescription medication, and more.

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25/10/2019 Bars & Restaurants

Seigetsu Izakaya In Kagurazaka – Sample Sake From Each Prefecture

I am always on the lookout for new places to enjoy Japanese sake in Tokyo. In August, I wrote about Genka Sakagura offering sake at cost price. This time, I found another izakaya with an original concept, which is to offer sake from every prefecture in Japan. So if you are interested in trying “nihonshu” from specific areas in Japan, perhaps those on your travel itinerary, or places you have yet to visit, this is definitely a place to check out.

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18/10/2019 Bars & Restaurants  Others

Nonobu Izakaya in Koenji – Enjoy Seafood Direct from the Fish Market

After accompanying Tsuchida-san on one of his daily early morning shopping trips to the Toyosu Fish Market  – see Anthony’s write-up on the experience – we followed up with dinner at his restaurant in Koenji. Being more of a meat person, I was a little apprehensive about going to a seafood specialities restaurant. However, after having seen Tsuchida-san personally select and purchase all the food he would cook and serve in his restaurant, I had no doubt that I would enjoy the experience. On top of that, after being told that he had a good selection of Japanese sake to go with all the seafood dishes, I was really looking forward to the evening.

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15/10/2019 Travel Tips  Visit: Modern Japan

A Guide to Daikoku PA: Heaven on Earth for Fans of Japanese Car Culture

I’ve been a stalwart fan of Japanese sports cars since I was a teenager. So naturally, one of the first things I did upon arriving in Tokyo in 2009 was to seek out the local car scene. It was easy enough to attend car shows or visit Fuji Speedway for a track day, but living in a city where car ownership is prohibitively expensive meant that it was hard to meet other people who shared my automotive passion.

Fortunately, years of wearing that passion on my sleeve finally paid off when Caylon Neely of Davey Japan let me tag along on a trip to Daikoku PA (Parking Area): hallowed ground and gathering spot for car enthusiasts from throughout the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Read on to learn what it takes to get there, what to do when you arrive, and additional tips for making the most of your experience.

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Visit: Charming Towns  Visit: Parks & Nature

Experience the “Slow Life” of the Japanese Countryside in Kamiyama

In my previous article I introduced the village of Kamiyama in Tokushima prefecture and one of my favorite waking tours there. This time, I would like to introduce the other fun activities to enhance your experience of the Japanese countryside.

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27/09/2019 Japanese Language  Life and Manners in Japan

5 Ways to Make Time to Study Japanese

Learning Japanese is one of the best things you can do to enrich your life and increase your chances of career success in Japan. However, learning a new language demands a significant amount of time. Factor in a busy career, social and family obligations, and hobbies, it’s easy to leave language learning by the wayside and admit defeat with the tried and true excuse of “I just don’t have time to study.”
As the popular expression states, regardless of how busy we are, we all have the same 24 hours a day—it’s all about how we use them. In other words, it’s not about having time to study—it’s about making time to study. This is something all of us can do, albeit to varying degrees. Read on to learn how you too can squeeze a little more studying into your daily routine.

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