1. Your Real Visa: Difference Between 査証 and 上陸許可
  2. Example of a Japan Visa
  3. Example of a Landing Permission
  4. Getting a Re-Entry Permit (Going on Holiday)
  5. Alternatives to Working Visas
  6. Visa Extension to be Tied to Language Ability?
  7. New Gaijin Card
    1. Changes to the Alien Registration Card
    2. New Gaijin Card: Residency Registry
    3. New Gaijin Card
    4. Don't Change to the New Card Yet!



  1. The Japanese Guarantor
  2. Apartment Layouts
  3. Apartment Criteria (Outside)
  4. Apartment Criteria (Inside)
  5. Living as a Couple in Japan
  6. Moving House
    1. Moving In
    2. Moving Out
    3. What's it Like to Move in Japan?
    4. Agents
    5. Signing/Down Payments
      1. Deposits
      2. More on Deposits
      3. Save on Rent and Deposits
    6. Inevitable Troubles
    7. Moving Belongings
    8. Apartment Reviews
      1. Living in a LeoPalace Apartment
      2. LeoPalace Furnishings and Bathrooms
      3. LeoPalace Internet - LEONET
    9. Contracts
    10. Getting the Keys
    11. Paying Rent
    12. Cancelling Rental Contracts
    13. Cancelling Apartment Contracts
    14. Calling the Electric Company
    15. Water and Gas
    16. "Oh Yeah, Curtains!"
  7. Buying a House
    1. Foreclosed Property
    2. Six Questions on House Buying
  8. Finding a Roommate in Japan




  1. Daily
    1. Cost of Living
    2. Voltage, Wattage and Plugs 
    3. Japanese Gas: LP and Toshi.
    4. Recycling in Japan: A Guide
  2. Winter
    1. Insulating a Japanese House for the Winter
    2. Why are Japanese Houses SO COLD?
    3. Cheap Kerosene
  3. Summer
    1. How to not Sweat like a Beast in the Summer
    2. 16 Ways to Keep Dry This Summer
  4. Air-con Buyer's Guide
    1. Selection
    2. Window Units
  5. Screens
    1. Mending/Replacing the Paper in Shouji Screens
    2. Changing the Paper on Your Fusuma Sliding Doors
    3. Changing the Mesh on Your Amido Bug Screens
  6. Why No Hot Water in the Bathroom?
  7. Kakeibo: Japanese Household Account Book
  8. Koseki: Family Registration
  9. Rice Cooker Buttons
  10. Japanese Cooking Measurements




    1. Sex and Pregnancy
      1. Contraception
      2. The Cost of Giving Birth in Japan
    2. Onsen
      1. Onsen Etiquette 
      2. How to Find Your Local Onsen
      3. Finding Private Onsen in Japan
    3. Health Insurance 
      1. The Fundamentals [part 1] [part 2]
      2. National Health Insurance NHI
      3. Employee Health Insurance EHI
      4. Optional Insurance
      5. Do I Need Insurance At All?
      6. Medical Expense Tax Deduction/Refund
    4. Doctors etc
      1. Going to the Doctor in Japan
      2. Going to the Dentist in Japan
      3. Ningen Dokku: Full Physical
      4. Medical Specialties in Japan
      5. Know Your Japanese Prescription Drugs
      6. Japanese Pharmacies
      7. Over-the-Counter Drugs in Japan
      8. How to Donate Bone Marrow
      9. Suicide Helplines
    5. Ugai! Japanese Gargling Obsession
    6. Japanese Giant Hornet - Watch Out!
    7. Ear Cleaning - The Horrible Truth
    8. Hangover Cures/Preventatives
    9. The Japanese Straight-Perm




    1. Training with Kettlebells
      1. High Quality Kettlebells Now Available
    2. Running Tokyo Marathon [part 1] [part 2]
    3. Distance Running/Competitions
    4. ZMA Suppliments
    5. Whey Protein
    6. Buying Scuba Diving Equipment








    1. Getting a Japanese Driving License
    2. Renewing a Japanese Driving License
    3. English-Speaking Driving Schools
    4. Foreign License Conversion
    5. Do You Need to Take the Test to Convert Your License?
    6. Driving Test Tips
      1. Checklist on Entering and Exiting the Vehicle
      2. Manual Cars
      3. Position in the Lane
    7. International Permits
    8. Converting an Automatic License to a Manual (AT to MT)
      1. Automatic to Manual via Test Only
    9. Changing the Address on your Driving License
    10. Points and Losing Your License
    11. Chuuanshin Driving License Center, Nagano (Shiojiri) Map




    1. Differences Between Driving in the US and Japan
    2. Buying a Car
      1. Buying a Car in Japan
      2. 5 Japanese Cars For Tall People
      3. Getting an ETC Card Reader
      4. Getting an ETC Card (without a credit card)
        1. Calculating Highway Tolls
        2. Highway Tolls Cheaper for 2011
          1. Post-Earthquake Changes to Tolls
      5. Recycling Your Car
      6. Selling Your Car
    3. Paperwork
      1. Registering Your Parking Space
      2. Registering Your Hanko/Inkan (needed for buying a house or car)
    4. Minicars
    5. Getting gas/petrol
    6. Winter Tires and Chains
    7. Renting a Car in Japan
    8. Kenmon: Drink Driving Checkpoints
    9. Maintenance
      1. Annual Car Checkups
      2. Shaken
      3. How Much is Shaken?
      4. User-Shaken
        1. Basics
        2. Book a Test
        3. Paperwork
        4. Test Shed
        5. Vocab
      5. Shaken at a Shop
      6. Choosing a Shop
      7. Renewing Shaken After It Expires
    10. Japan Traffic Safety Association
    11. VICS - Vehicle Information and Communication System
    12. Remote Engine Starter
    13. Anti-Theft Licence Plates
    14. Vehicle Registration and Licence Plates
    15. Cheap Car Navi/GPS Units
    16. License Plate Trivia
    17. Also see: 5 Worst Traits of Japanese Drivers




    1. Cellphone Guide
      1. The Basics
      2. Important Paperwork
      3. Pre-Paid Phones
      4. Contract Phones
      5. Paying Bills
      6. Mobile email
      7. Multi-Lingual Phones
      8. Renting and Roaming
      9. Stand Alone and Data-SIM Cards
      10. Mobile Number Portability
      11. Requesting an MNP Reservation Number 
      12. Japanese iPhone Apps
      13. Japanese Android Apps
    2. Internet guide
      1. Varieties
      2. Carriers and Providers
      3. Shopping around
      4. Signing up
      5. Setup
      6. Optional Services
      7. Bandwidth and Download Limits
        1. Downloading Laws Update
      8. Routers and Wireless
    3. Getting Around Television Region Restrictions
    4. VPN Service for YouTube and Netflix in Japan




    1. Specific Products
      1. Cheap Kerosene
      2. Buying a Used Bike
      3. Buying a Car in Japan
      4. Cheap Car Navi/GPS Units
      5. Winter Car Tires and Chains
      6. IKEA Japan
      7. Flowers and Gifts
      8. Getting ID for Buying Cigarettes (Taspo)
      9. High Quality Kettlebells Now Available
      10. ZMA Suppliments
      11. Whey Protein
      12. Health Food, Supplements and Toiletries
      13. Buying Scuba Diving Equipment
    2. Clothes
      1. Buying Clothes Online
      2. Clothes and Shoes - Sizing
      3. Comparison Shopping Online
    3. Food
      1. Recipes
        1. Healthy Nimono
      2. Wheat Gluten Free Soy Sauce
      3. Reduced Price Food - Labels and Timing
      4. Reading Japanese Nutritional Information
      5. International Supermarkets and Other Home Comforts
      6. Get Your Japan Grocery Fix in the UK
      7. Also see: Why are the Japanese So Lean?
      8. Specific Products
        1. Potatoes!
        2. Hard or Soft Tofu: Momen and Kinu
          1. Kanji Mixup? Natto and Tofu
        3. 5 Salad Dressings From Japan
        4. 5 Japanese Fast Food Joints
        5. Salad Greens: Mizuna
        6. Instant Miso
        7. Dashi
        8. Japanese Fruit Picking Seasons
        9. 5 Edible Japanese Mushrooms
          1. Also see: 5 Poisonous Japanese Mushrooms
        10. Also see: Choking on Mochi? Grab a Vacuum
    4. Alcohol
      1. Hangover Cures/Preventatives
      2. Local Beers
      3. Local Sake
      4. Local Shochu
      5. Local Umeshu
      6. Brewing your own Beer in Japan
      7. Also see: Why are the Japanese such Alcoholic Lightweights?
    5. Annoyances
      1. The Japanese Guarantor
      2. Import Duties on Taxable Goods
    6. UC Gift Cards/Vouchers
    7. Second-Hand Stores
      1. Second-Hand Stores Revisited
    8. Buying in Bulk - Wholesalers




    1. Married In Japan
      1. Intro
      2. Venues
      3. Wedding Types
      4. Wedding Fairs
      5. Negotiating a Price
    2. Importing/Exporting Your Pet to/from Japan
    3. Media
      1. Live International TV in Japan
      2. Getting Around Television Region Restrictions
      3. English-Language Newspapers
      4. The Wipe: That Picture in the Corner on TV
      5. Variety Shows
    4. Discount Travel and Concert Tickets
    5. Net-Print Miracle - Printing Personal Documents at 7/11
    6. The Wonders of 7-11 Copy Machines
    7. Make Your Own (Legal) Japanese Postal Stamps
    8. How Japanese Addresses Work
    9. Japanese Dialects by Region (map)
    10. New Year's card and family deaths
    11. Letter Sets and Stationary
    12. Stamp Placement on Japanese Letters
    13. Funny and Interesting
      1. How to Take a Crap in Japan
      2. How to Take a Poop in Japan (Kids' Version)
      3. Japanese Face-Masks
      4. Compensated Dating
      5. Japan and Marijuana
      6. Guile and Deceit in AKB48!
      7. Why No Hot Water in the Bathroom?
      8. Why Are The Japanese Such Bad Drivers?