How to tell you’ve been in Japan too long… Part 1

Living, working and studying abroad in a foreign country and culture different from what you were accustomed to is a challenge in itself. Which makes the moment you realise that you’ve managed to assimilate, if only slightly, into the local culture all the more satisfying.

Check out some of the signs to let you know if you’ve been in the land of the rising sun too long.  Continue reading

Kinkaku-ji

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One of the most famous spots to visit in Kyoto, Japan is located just down the street from my mansion. Kinkaku-ji 「金閣寺」, also known as the [Temple of the] Golden Pavilion, is truly an amazingly breathtaking sight to see at least once, in every season.

While I do not make a habit of making the 5-minute walk up to the temple often, seeing as how it is swarming with crowded tourists and there is an admissions fee, I do try to visit the place once every new season to take photographs for personal and business uses. Continue reading

Surviving the Dreaded Japanese Summer

Summers in Japan are deadly–literally. During the hot and humid months of the year, you will most likely hear 3 or 4 ambulance sirens on average per day, due to someone collapsing from the heat. It can easily get up to 40°C in the summer and with the extreme humidity, that temperature can easily increase in feeling.

So how do you survive these outrageous temperature from Hell?

Check out some cheap and easy ways to stay cool (and out of the hospital) during your summer in Japan! Continue reading