My Thoughts on Tokyo vs. Osaka and My Experience Living in Both Cities

If you’ve lived in Japan, you know how fierce the Tokyo vs. Osaka debate can get between both cities. Well, I have experience myself living in both cities, so I thought I would write a short post on some of the little things that really stand out to me personally when comparing my time spentContinue reading “My Thoughts on Tokyo vs. Osaka and My Experience Living in Both Cities”

Japan’s Overpopulated, but…Japan also has Ghost Towns? Here’s What’s Really Going On

A bit about my background living in Japan’s biggest cities, as well as a suburb in Japan. Hi. My name is Evan. I moved to Osaka, Japan in early 2015 to study at a Japanese language school, eventually moving on to studying at Kwansei Gakuin University from 2016 to 2020. Now I’m working in Tokyo.Continue reading “Japan’s Overpopulated, but…Japan also has Ghost Towns? Here’s What’s Really Going On”

Is it Safe to Eat Raw Eggs in Japan? Here’s What Makes Japanese Eggs Different.

Is it safe to eat raw eggs in Japan? But…what about the salmonella!? You’re probably asking yourself. Well, did you know that salmonella actually comes from bacteria on the shell of the egg? Japan has an extremely strict practice for cleaning eggs, resulting in extremely low cases of salmonella infection. While the odd case ofContinue reading “Is it Safe to Eat Raw Eggs in Japan? Here’s What Makes Japanese Eggs Different.”

Is having crooked teeth in Japan really considered cute? My Experience With Japan’s Dental Industry

There is a lot of confusion around dental care in Japan, and in my experience most people assume that Japanese dental practices aren’t up to the standard of the rest of the world. “Japanese people don’t use fluoride.”, “In Japan, crooked teeth are considered charming.”, etc. There are a lot of rumors, and all ofContinue reading “Is having crooked teeth in Japan really considered cute? My Experience With Japan’s Dental Industry”

Is Japanese a Useful Language to Learn? My Experience Moving to Japan, Surviving, and Learning to Communicate.

The short answer: Is Japanese a useful language to learn? Yes! Yes, yes, and a resounding… yes. If you are planning on moving to Japan, please do yourself and the good people of Japan a favor and learn Japanese. It will absolutely be worth it! Let’s go over all of the reasons why. But…I’ve heardContinue reading “Is Japanese a Useful Language to Learn? My Experience Moving to Japan, Surviving, and Learning to Communicate.”

Reasons to Live in Japan: 4 Small Things I Love About the Japanese Lifestyle

There are many articles about the broader reasons people enjoy living in Japan, but I feel that the topic is a little overdone. Rather than going on about how amazing the food is, or how easy it is to travel domestically, I thought I could introduce some of the little things that I really appreciateContinue reading “Reasons to Live in Japan: 4 Small Things I Love About the Japanese Lifestyle”

Is Osaka dangerous? My experience living in Osaka’s “Minami.”

Is Osaka dangerous? Osaka locals and Tokyo natives love to give their opinions on this one all the time. Osaka was the first place I ever lived in Japan. Over 5 years I lived in the 3 different areas, 2 of which were pretty seedy areas in Osaka, with 1 being a safe suburb inContinue reading “Is Osaka dangerous? My experience living in Osaka’s “Minami.””

Why is Jazz so Popular in Japan? About my Experience Performing Jazz and Blues in Japan

It surprised me when I first moved to Osaka, Japan in 2015 just how popular jazz and blues music is in Japan. One of the things that surprised me about Japan was just how big the Jazz and blues underground music scene is in Japan’s big cities. In particular, as somehow who grew up asContinue reading “Why is Jazz so Popular in Japan? About my Experience Performing Jazz and Blues in Japan”

This is Why Japanese Doesn’t Have Spaces Between Words.

As somebody who has studied Japanese for over 8 years and has spent considerable time sleuthing through language-learning forums, I have seen this question crop up a lot. Usually posted in a sense of desperation. It isn’t the simple question of “Why doesn’t Japanese have spaces? Please inform me.” It’s more often than not aContinue reading “This is Why Japanese Doesn’t Have Spaces Between Words.”

Are People in Japan…Happy? My Experience Living in Japan Over Nearly a Decade

This is a tough one. I think there’s a bit of a cultural difference between the Western and Japanese concept of “happiness.” While covering some of my own experiences I would like to cover some key concepts unique to the Japanese language and culture, and why this answer isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem.Continue reading “Are People in Japan…Happy? My Experience Living in Japan Over Nearly a Decade”