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Japan Q&A

Questions about all things Japan answered by those in the know

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What's your favorite Tokyo hanami spot?

I feel like I've hit up all the "standard" hanami spots: Yoyogi, Asukayama, Ueno, Yanaka... What's your favorite spot (preferably not on that list) and why?

Just outside Tokyo

Where could I bring a group for an interesting tour of forest or gardens , cute town hope with onsen . Nature a bit

Kagoshima or Hakodate?

I'm thinking on going on a trip sometime in September. Which of the two do you think should I visit first, and why? Thanks!

Transportation

Narita Airport To Shizuoka City

Are there any direct bus rides from Narita Airport to Shizuoka City, Shizuoka?

Narita Airport To Shizuoka City

Hi. I will be travelling to Japan this coming April 11. I would like to know the cheapest, economical ride direct going to Shizuoka City, Shizuoka from Narita Airport Terminal 2. This will be my first time in Japan. :)

Bus commuter pass?

I see people with a bus commuter pass and I'm wondering if there's any information online about this? (I can find a lot of information about the train tekken commuter passes.) I want to see the prices and if it's worth it for me to buy one. If it matters, I'm looking for Yokohama area ones... Keikyu bus or Kanachu bus. (or is there one for all companies?)

Locations

Kagoshima or Hakodate?

I'm thinking on going on a trip sometime in September. Which of the two do you think should I visit first, and why? Thanks!

Tips for a trip to Nagasaki/Fukuoka/Saga/Oita?

We're trying to head down to Kyushu for a little break later this year, and if you've been to any of the abovementioned prefectures before (or even live there!) I'd love to hear your suggestions for cool things to do and see - preferably the cool spots that guidebooks or online resources might not cover! Thanks in advance!

Trip to Miyazaki this summer. Any recommendations?

Heading to Miyazaki, Kyushu this summer (4 nights, staying in Aoshima). Any recommendations on places to eat would be much appreciated. Also, any sightseeing spots? The priority is surfing but we'll have a car and will still have time to travel around a bit. Cheers!

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Let's Talk About Mental Health

I was hoping to open a discussion on mental health. I know a lot of people silently struggle with loneliness and even depression. How do you deal? And how can you reach out to others here in Japan? I've recently developed a passion for this and I'm looking for ways that I can contribute. I've done a bit of research and so far found "TELL (Tokyo English Lifeline)". Please feel free to share information and your own thoughts regarding this issue.

4 Answers

Unused paid leave

Hi! I am new to this page. I have concerns that relate to my work. I have been working for five years in Japan under an agency and we are not granted a paid leave ever since. We are not aware of that because as first timers, we are told that we don’t have one. Recently, last 2019 we are granted a paid leave. Since we haven’t used it for one year, we’re given a 23 days. We we’re just informed last january 2019 so we took the chance to use it. Unfortunately, it was rejected because we applied the leave since we are planning for a vacation in my home country which was on the first week of May. So, we sent again a new form changing it by staggering it from february to april as advised. but then it was rejected again. My question is can I still get my unused paid leave after returning from my home? Since, it was our first time and I we felt fooled can I file a case against them? Thank you and Godbless

ameng

on Jan 17

10 Answers

Advice For Job Hunting?

Hello! I have started job hunting for a non-English teaching job. I want to know if any of you guys have tips or advice? (For example: tips on finding open positions, tips for the interview, etc...) (I got N2 a year ago)

ReishiiTravels

on Jan 15

11 Answers

How do you like your mochi?

Happy holidays, all! I got a big bag of kirimochi. I usually toast mine in the toaster oven, put a slice of cheese on it, wrap it in nori, and dip it in soy sauce. How do you like to serve and eat mochi?

TonetoEdo

on Dec 30

5 Answers

Fukubukuro plans?

I would love to hear about the places you plan to get fukubukuro from this year! I usually go for places like Kaldi Coffee Farm and Lupicia for tea and coffee to consume...but I'm always down to hear some suggestions!

genkidesu

on Dec 26

7 Answers

What are you sending home for Christmas?

I have sent most of my presents home but I still have a few family members that aren't getting anything until I can think of what to give them. What are you sending home for the holidays?

edthethe

on Dec 18

4 Answers

Washer and Dryer Combo Recommendation

Our washer/dryer has been acting up. It is falling apart as well which it shouldn't do seeing as it isn't that old. We bought it not even two years ago, used but only a year old. From the beginning, we knew it was a bit of a bad purchase. It doesn't dry very well and turned everything into knots. To avoid that again I want to know if anyone else has a good recommendation for a washer dryer combo. For a family of five, we do a lot of laundry.

edthethe

on Dec 17

7 Answers

What are you doing for Christmas dinner?

Curious about what all of you do for Christmas dinner. We usually do KFC on Christmas Eve, but last year for Christmas dinner we just went to a local restaurant...I want to make some Christmas dinner traditions here, but the old "no oven" debacle comes up again. What do all of you cook for Christmas dinner, or do you just go out somewhere?

genkidesu

on Dec 17

9 Answers

Anemia Without Supplements

Recently I was diagnosed with low iron anemia. The doctor didn't prescribe an iron supplement and just gave me a brochure while mentioning that more protein is a good idea. I would love to hear from any of you who have experience about your tips and tricks for getting enough iron while living in Japan.

helloalissa

on Dec 16

5 Answers

How to prepare gobo, burdock root

Hello City Cost Hive Mind, I've been gifted a whole, dirty gobo root. I know how to cook kinpira gobo, but I've only ever handled processed gobo root. How do I prepare this root vegetable? Do I simply wash and then slice it? Does it need blanched or something? Cheers!

TonetoEdo

on Dec 12

9 Answers

What's on your Christmas list this year?

Curious to know what everyone's hoping for this Christmas! Is it a sign of my age now that I want a robot vacuum?! I can recall a time when getting a cleaning object may have been downright offensive, but not these days! I don't really have much else that I want or need. How about the rest of you?

genkidesu

on Dec 9

4 Answers

UNIQLO trousers post-laundry

Anyone out there know how I can stop my Uniqlo trousers from coming out of the washing machine coated in bits of what I guess is material from other stuff that they get washed with? And why is it only the Uniqlo stuff that I have this problem with? A note on the washing machine - it's probably about 20 years old. Changing the washing machine is something I'm hoping to postpone for some time yet. And on the occasion of the image in this question a white imabari towel was also in the laundry load which I assume to have exacerbated the situation this time around. I'm using liquid soaps and softeners.

Tomuu

on Dec 1

5 Answers

Golden Week 2020

Does anybody know when the Golden Week holiday is next year?

ReishiiTravels

on Nov 25

16 Answers

Winter illumination recommendations in Japan

I'm quite a fan of Japan's winter illuminations and have been to plenty of spots in Tokyo -- Marunouchi, Shinjuku, Solamachi, Odaiba, Shiodome, Tokyo Midtown, Omotesando, Yebisu Garden Place. Anything I'm missing? Or any winter illuminations further afield that might warrant a trip out of town? Particularly interested in illuminations that are romantic and moody rather than, say, those with loads of crazy colors and designs.

Tomuu

on Nov 19

8 Answers

Kabosu citrus

At the local supermarket I scored these kabosu citrus for just ¥100. How do you use them in your home cooking? I’ve only ever tasted kabosu in a shochu highball.

TonetoEdo

on Nov 10

4 Answers

Autumn spots outside of Tokyo with baby

Any recommendation for nice autumn spots around the neighboring prefectures of Tokyo? Easy access by car (up to 2 hours are fine) and by babycar are preferred. Looking for some new spots, which are less popular and crowded.

BlueButterfly

on Oct 25

13 Answers

Post-Typhoon Hagibis. Hope everyone is well

Don't know what the mood is with everyone but just thought I'd drop a quick line on this Q&A to say that things seem to be fine where I am in Urayasu, Chiba after the typhoon. How are things where you are? Hope everyone is well.

Tomuu

on Oct 13

5 Answers

Favorite resources/apps for emergencies?

With Typhoon Hagibis just around the corner, I'm curious about your favorite apps or other resources for emergencies. I particularly like Western Pacific Weather on Facebook for info on Japan's typhoons, but I'd love to get info on other resources you may find useful!

genkidesu

on Oct 11

6 Answers

Typhoon Hagibis preparations

Just wondering how people are feeling about, and preparing for, Typhoon Hagibis? There are a lot of dramatic headlines out there, as there are tweets ("Four reasons why Typhoon Hagibis is so dangerous" - NHK) and other socials. Word from the officials seems to be that preparations should be made by Friday. The partner had the day off today and so went out and got a bunch of stuff in preparation. After work today I stopped by the supermarket and the queues there were super long. I guess all the bread had sold out though! Anyway, once again, what's the mood with everyone else out there?

Tomuu

on Oct 10

15 Answers

Netflix Japan: What are we watching (update)

I know I've posted a question before about what people are watching on Netflix Japan but I feel like that was some time ago and so maybe I'm in need of an update. Also, Season 5 of Peaky Blinders has popped up on the Japanese version of Netflix over the past few days, as well as season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, both series that I've been a fan of in the past. So, what are we watching these days? Anything I shouldn't be missing?!

Tomuu

on Oct 9