Thrifting in Japan: Don Don Down on Wednesdays

I can’t remember where I’ve seen their logo before, but I know that I’d seen it. I had no idea what it was for, so I promptly ignored it… It wasn’t until I was doing research on thrift stores, trying to find more in my area, that I came across it again… Don Don Down on Wednesdays.  That’s a real mouthful. And that’s the name of the thrift store that […]

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Thrifting in Japan: Watt Mann Super Recycle Shop

Talking with my friends, I only recently realized how often I go to thrift stores. I absolutely love thrifting in the States, and even more so in Japan. The standards for what stores will take are generally higher than a Goodwill or Salvation Army, so you’re getting good quality clothes in Japan. Watt Mann’s is my current favorite thrift store in the area. Before moving to Yokohama, I had never […]

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My First (English) Doctor’s Visit in Japan

If there’s one thing to remember about me, it’s that I’m almost perpetually sick with one thing or another. Last month it was a runny nose; this month’s ailment is a dry cough and a headache. Despite this, I only went to the doctor in Japan for the first time last month. Since I arrived in Japan, I’ve been enrolled in the NHI (National Health Insurance) program, which covers a […]

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Travelling to Japan With a Peanut Allergy 101

Travelling with an allergy can be a tricky thing, especially in places where you don’t speak the language. A bit of research and preparation can go a long way in these cases, though, because it’s better to be over prepared than under prepared. People with peanut allergies exist in Japan, too, so you won’t get funny looks or people who disregard you when you’re there. While it’s not the most […]

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The (Instructor) Visa Renewal Process

My visa is fast expiring–I can’t believe I’ve already been in Japan for a year. This blog is a horrible testament to that! Anyway, because I was given a 1 year visa by Interac when I first applied, it’s already time to renew… From what I’ve heard, JETs get a 3 year visa right away. Can someone fact check me please! But, the visa process was probably one of the […]

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Hiyayakko: A Summertime Snack (冷奴 / ひややっこ)

Photo by Flickr user asiansupper Summer in Japan can be the absolute worst. It’s hot, humid, and everyone’s sweaty. Though it’s not quite summer yet, I can feel it fast approaching. Convenience stores are already stocking up on cool snacks and kids are riding their bikes around and playing in the river. Nice, except for the killer heat. Today, I’ll be sharing with you my favorite summer Japanese dish, hiyayakko […]

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