Things don’t always work out as you expect them to, but that needn’t be a bad thing…
By Lisa Woods on August 2, 2016
Feeling like you’re melting in the oppressive humidity can all only mean one thing, it’s summer in Japan.
By Lisa Woods on June 21, 2016
Is it possible to eat well in Japan with an unadventurous Western palate? How about as a vegetarian? This pizza-loving Brit takes a look at just a few of the options…
By Lisa Woods on June 15, 2016
Adjusting to life in a new country is undoubtedly tough – when it comes to finding your new comfort zone, how comfortable is too comfortable?
By Lisa Woods on May 18, 2016
In a country where the appreciation of impermanence is embedded in the culture, it is perhaps to be expected that Japan is a paradise for ephemeral delights.
By Lisa Woods on May 4, 2016
Having the right people around you can have a significant impact on your experiences, so how can a new arrival go about making friends in Japan?
By Lisa Woods on April 20, 2016
Trying to study the native language of your new home can be tough, particularly if you are working as an English teacher. But, with an open mind and a little motivation, you can actually find learning and practice opportunities all around you.
By Lisa Woods on April 4, 2016
What kind of job options available to working holiday visa holders, and how can you go about securing work?
By Lisa Woods on March 18, 2016
Finding a new home can be daunting at the best of times, and attempting to do so in a country you’ve just arrived in can present its own set of challenges. Here’s how I found accommodation during my first year in Japan.
By Lisa Woods on March 4, 2016
After arriving in Japan to begin my much-anticipated working holiday, I wonder if perhaps I’ve made a big mistake.