Some of my Crazy Experiences Moving in Japan, and How You Can Make Moving in Japan Easier.

Of all of the experiences of living in Japan as a foreigner, the process of finding a new apartment and moving is infamously loaded with roadblocks and problems that…often don’t have any simple solution. That being said, through the process of trial and error through 3 major moves in the country (one of them beingContinue reading “Some of my Crazy Experiences Moving in Japan, and How You Can Make Moving in Japan Easier.”

What Does Senpai Really Mean? My Experiences Working in Japan, and Some Thoughts on Why People in Japan Work so Much Overtime

So…what does senpai really mean in Japanese? I’m sure you know the Japanese word “senpai” (先輩) because of the countless”notice me senpai” meme’s, but did you know there’s something called a kohai (後輩) too? So, what is a senpai, and what is a kohai? Well, it depends on who’s talking…literally! Both the words senpai andContinue reading “What Does Senpai Really Mean? My Experiences Working in Japan, and Some Thoughts on Why People in Japan Work so Much Overtime”

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 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”

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”

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”

Why Japanese Food Isn’t THAT Healthy, but the Japanese Lifestyle Is; My Experience

Japan currently has the highest life expectancy in the world. Every time I plan out a new article on this site, I do a search analysis to see what people are searching around the world about Japan everyday. Overwhelmingly, the question that appears at the top of almost every auto fill result and SEO pageContinue reading “Why Japanese Food Isn’t THAT Healthy, but the Japanese Lifestyle Is; My Experience”

Can you Live in Japan Without Speaking Japanese? My Experience

You’ll hear a lot of conflicting answers for this, depending on who you ask. I would say that, especially in Tokyo, it is entirely possible to survive in Japan without Japanese, but…just because it’s possible, that doesn’t mean life in Japan without Japanese ability is very practical or fun. Let’s get into it! So, canContinue reading “Can you Live in Japan Without Speaking Japanese? My Experience”