Kirsty Kawano

Kirsty Kawano is an Australian who, after living in Tokyo for many years, is now learning the ropes of life in Kyoto. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two beautiful daughters, and relaxing by the Kamo River.



How Much Does a Foreign Engineer Make in Japan in 2019?

Understaffing and Japan’s tourism boom are creating openings–even for the inexperienced–in IT engineering jobs for foreigners.

By 6 min read


How Much Does an English Teacher Make in Japan in 2019?

JET? Dispatch? Eikaiwa? University? Knowing which organizations in the English teaching industry in Japan offer the best pay and benefits can help you make the right decision.

By 17 min read


What Is the Average Cost of Living in Japan in 2019?

It's not as expensive as you might think.

By 7 min read


How Much Is the Average Rent in Tokyo in 2019?

Learn why rent in Adachi Ward is half of that in Chiyoda Ward, why the size of your apartment might matter more than the location, and who's driving up rent prices in the capital.

By 10 min read


What Is the Average Salary in Japan in 2019?

Which jobs in Japan offer the best salaries and what the future holds beyond the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

By 11 min read


The Strange Story of Hay Fever in Japan: Construction, Conspiracy Theories, Climate Change

The tale of Japan's national illness is intrinsically linked to the Japanese cedar. But there's much more to it than that.

By 8 min read


10 Ways Life in Kyoto is Different than Tokyo

Hotter in summer, colder in winter and so much more chill all year round.

By 6 min read