Drift Japan – Evolving Beyond its Mountain Ranges

The Drift Japan scene began back in the 1970s. At first, headlined by the Kunimitsu Takahashi, a motorcyclist turned drifter. He inspired the now legendary ‘Drift King’ (ドリフトキング ordorifutokingu) Keiichi Tsuchiya, who was so...

Tokyo Stadium – Chofu, Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo Stadium (aka Ajinomoto Stadium). Located in Chofu in western Tokyo, and is the starting point for the Rugby World Cup 2019. The first game begins at 19:45 on September 20, which...

Rugby World Cup 2019 Ticketing Updates

This is our first update regarding the latest news on Rugby World Cup 2019 ticketing options in Japan. Kick-off is literally in just 5 months and 1 day, with Japan's first game against Russia...

Ozawa Sake Brewery – Free Tours and Tasting

Pulling into Sawai station, you instantly notice how quiet and serene this place really is. The Ozawa Sake Brewery is a short 5-minute walk from the station and we are over an hour early....

Spare Change! Finally a Solution for 1 and 5 Yen Coins!

This is a solution I have been waiting for since I moved to Japan over 5 years ago. Got spare change? Those 1 and 5 yen coins can easily accumulate over time. While you...

Japan’s New Banknotes for 2024

The Japanese Government has decided to redesign its banknotes for the first time since 2004. Japan's new banknotes will be issued in the 2024 fiscal year. They plan to redesign the 1,000 yen, 5,000...

Top 10 Tips for Climbing Mt Fuji

Standing at around 3,776m tall, it is the nation's tallest active volcano on the main island of Honshu. Climbing Mt Fuji is also a highlight for both foreign tourists and locals. Importantly, it is...

Kansai Bridge is Fully Repaired in Time for Golden Week

Kansai Airport is fully repaired after it was hit hard by Typhoon Jebi in September last year. The tropical cyclone had caused widespread damage to the Kansai area. The airport too was quite badly...

Golden Week Holidays Explained 2019

This year's Golden Week Holidays are extra special, and 2019 is the year breeding change. As a Japanese or foreign resident, or even a tourist experiencing Japan at this time, it could be especially...

Top 10 Words to Start Speaking Japanese Now

This out list of the top 10 words to start speaking Japanese now. Japanese is an easy language to start learning, and fun to continue practising along the way. However, it is definitely one...