13/09/2019 Life and Manners in Japan

What We Wish We Had Known Before Moving to Japan: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion

In this roundtable discussion, we look back on our past in Japan to help you plan ahead for your future. Moving to a new country on a whim can be fun and exciting, but as you’ll soon read, there are some important things to consider before you start packing your bags. Even if you think you’ll only live here for a year or two, make some long term plans, just in case. Read on to find out why.

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27/08/2019 Life and Manners in Japan  Travel Tips

Flying a Drone in Tokyo – Is It OK?

So you have a drone, or you are thinking of buying one, and you are wondering where you can fly it in Tokyo, or other places in Japan, without getting into trouble? Recently, I interviewed a drone owner and the manager of a drone store, to find out how you can enjoy flying your drone safely, and legally, in Japan.

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06/09/2019 Activities  Visit: Parks & Nature

Escaping to the Edge of Tokyo on the Tamako Cycling Road

Living on the west side of Tokyo is affordable and convenient, especially if you live near Shinjuku. However, I often lament the lack of cycling infrastructure in this part of the city. Additionally, the dense urban sprawl between central Tokyo and the mountains to the west leaves few opportunities for cycling in nature.

Fortunately, if you’re up for a 40- to 60-kilometer round-trip bike ride, the Tamako Cycling Road (Tamako Jitensha-dori) will take you to a place that will make the winding, narrow streets of west Tokyo a distant memory.

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08/09/2015 Buddhism & Shinto  Festivals & Events  Traditions & History

How to Enjoy the “Chrysanthemum Festival” on September 9th

It is one of five festivals in Japan. September 9th is also called Choyo-no-sekku or Kiku-no-sekku, because the chrysanthemum, or ‘kiku’ is the seasonal flower on the old Chinese calendar.

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16/08/2019 Visit: Modern Japan  Visit: Museums

teamLab Planets: Immerse Yourself in Digital Art

After the international success of teamLab Borderless, it didn’t take long for the teamLab group to create a follow-up exhibition, teamLab Planets. At first, I was worried that Planets would be more of the same—an overflow venue to bleed off some of the perpetual crowds of the Borderless exhibition.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Planets is a unique experience, despite some technological and thematic overlap with its predecessor. Read on to find out just what makes Planets so special.

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03/09/2019 Japanese Language  Life and Manners in Japan

Three Perspectives on Learning Japanese: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion

As three authors from three different countries, we all share one common thread. We’ve all achieved a working knowledge of Japanese, and each of us has done so in our own unique way. There’s no single “right” way to learn Japanese, and in this article we hope to give you a few ideas that you can use to chart your own Japanese learning journey.

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27/08/2019 Travel Tips

Your First Day in Japan: The Ultimate Arrival Survival Guide

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup right around the corner and the Olympic Games in the summer of 2020, a record number of first-time visitors will be traveling to Japan in the coming year.

Despite the country’s commendable efforts to internationalize, the thought of traveling to Japan can be intimidating. In this article, I’ll share my perspective on some of the most commonly asked questions first-time visitors have about traveling to and within Japan.

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09/08/2019 Life and Manners in Japan  Travel Tips

JR East Japan Station Work: Your Office on the Go

Although Japan’s population continues to decline, the same cannot be said about Tokyo. Despite the government’s best efforts, the nation’s economy is increasingly centralized in its sprawling capital city. This situation is palpable in Tokyo’s packed trains and cafes where an increasingly mobile workforce scrambles to find quiet spaces for Wi-Fi- and caffeine-fueled bouts of work.

In the wake of this scene, co-working spaces have been popping up all over the city. Now, JR East is getting in the game with its own unique workspace solution: Station Work micro offices.

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06/08/2019 Bars & Restaurants

Nihonshu Genka Sakagura: Serving Sake at Cost Price Around Tokyo

If you feel unsure what sake to choose when eating out, or if you aren’t comfortable spending a lot of money on an unfamiliar drink, the sake restaurant I describe in this article can help overcome these obstacles. With up to fifty sake brands offered at the lowest prices, a friendly atmosphere, and well-made English menus, the wonderful world of sake is now within reach of nearly everybody.

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02/08/2019 Japanese Language  Life and Manners in Japan

10 Japanese Language Tips that Will Make You Sound Fluent

Here you are: you’ve been studying the Japanese language for some time and you’re ready to have conversations with Japanese people. However, the Japanese language learnt from a textbook or in the classroom can be quite different from the Japanese language people actually speak! Here are some tips that will make your Japanese sound more natural, especially in casual conversations.

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26/07/2019 Buddhism & Shinto  Traditions & History

‘Becoming Like the Sky’: an Encounter with a Street Monk in Ginza

In Tokyo, Buddhist priests chanting sutras in the streets, with their traditional robes and straw hats, have become an exotic sight not only to foreign tourists, but to Tokyoites too. Mr. Mochizuki has been practicing ‘takuhatsu’ (religious mendicancy and sutra chanting) in the streets of Ginza for nine years.
I had the opportunity to interview him (in Japanese) and ask him about his path in life and the reasons that have led him to chant sutras in the middle of one of Tokyo’s busiest districts. Here is the English version of our talk.

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28/06/2019 Life and Manners in Japan

Things to Consider Before Moving to Japan: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion

With foreign residents in Japan reaching record numbers, the Tadaima Japan team thought it would be a good time to reminisce about our halcyon days in Tokyo and share a few things that we’ve learned during our time here. Representing the U.S., France, and Belgium, we have a combined experience of nearly 30 years of living and working in Japan. We hope the following tips will prove useful for those of you who are putting down roots in Japan or thinking about doing so in the near future.

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