Spring in Japan means allergies. Here’s a quick look at some of the common allergy medication that is available either by prescription or over the counter.
By Cynthia Popper on March 13, 2014
Pre-paid credit cards are available at all konbini stores but how easy are they to use for the non-Japanese speaker? We take a look at some of the most popular cards for shopping online.
By Cynthia Popper on March 7, 2014
When you hear the name Andy Warhol, you can’t help but immediately visualize his work and the iconic names indelibly attached: Jackie. Marilyn. Elvis. Campbell’s.
His work collectively is a well-worn print in the fabric of the American art scene, so ubiquitous that it’s become almost invisible.
By Cynthia Popper on February 24, 2014
A few weeks ago, my mom died in California. I was teaching in Saitama when I got the news, and it was by far the most shocking thing that’s ever happened to me. Here are some thoughts about coping with loss in Japan, and what I’m doing to get through it.
By Cynthia Popper on February 19, 2014
Meeting people anywhere can be tricky business, but for foreigners in Japan, it can be crazy tough.
By Cynthia Popper on February 14, 2014
Here’s a short list of useful terms to know when you visit a Japanese grocery store for the first time.
By Cynthia Popper on February 4, 2014
Living in Japan means living on a geological Tilt-a-World, so being prepared for shutdowns makes a whole lot of sense.
By Cynthia Popper on January 31, 2014
Simple, vibrant, lovely. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. The practice relies on the concepts of negative space and harmony to create a small and fleeting representation of the universe.
By Cynthia Popper on January 24, 2014
Teaching private English lessons is a good way to supplement your regular income but there are some pros and cons to going freelance.
Being a successful freelance means being consistent and prepared. It doesn’t take much effort to make a great impression, so take the extra time and do it right!
By Cynthia Popper on January 21, 2014
Going home for the first time after an extended time away can be a fun but weird experience. Reverse culture shock isn’t about a new cultural experience, but rather it’s about remembering the things that you’ve forgotten.
By Cynthia Popper on January 15, 2014
This time of year, soon-to-be teachers are gearing up for the big move to Japan. The interviews are done, contracts have been signed, and you’re starting to prepare for a major change in your life. It’s exciting and stressful.
By Cynthia Popper on December 26, 2013
If you’re heading back to your home country for the holidays, and a terrible planner, you’re probably in the frenzy…