Living in Japan
Heavy petting, Aichi style

Heavy petting, Aichi style


The basic concept is simple. For many living in Japan, owning a dog, or even a cat, is simply impossible. Tiny apartments, long working hours and the appalling combination of claws and tatami mats makes... more

Unique movements in Aichi education

Unique movements in Aichi education


The Hundred Million Yen Project Have you seen a group of high school students, wearing different uniforms and carrying a box in their hands, shouting “Please donate to The Hundred Million Yen Project scholarship fund”? I... more

BUNGEES, BARBEQUES, AND BERRIES

BUNGEES, BARBEQUES, AND BERRIES


The rushing wind tousled my hair as my feet shot up toward the clear blue sky. In a blur below, calm, green pond swept by, and with it sailed away the years of my adulthood.... more

Get to grips with the law


For many westerners, the Japanese administrative and legal system is somewhat of a mystery, irrespective of it being in a foreign language. I mean, why do people need a kouseki, or a juminhyou, or other... more

Beating the heat in Chubu


Air conditioning in Japan is different from the central-air conditioning heaven in some other countries. However, the room-by-room style of air-conditioning is actually a lot better for the environment, although sensible use of windows and... more

Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth

Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth


An international group of volunteers will get on their bikes at Japan’s northern most point this August, and peddle the 3,500 kilometer length of the country to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. The BEE (Bicycle... more

Swapping the sushi for spin: Local Politics in Nagoya

Swapping the sushi for spin: Local Politics in Nagoya


“I’m new candidate Kentaro Hibi!  26 Years Old!  Please vote for me!  Yoroshiku onegai shimaaaaaaasu!”  Fresh-faced young Hibi, a candidate for the Nagoya City Council elections, was leaping around with his usual energy the morning... more

Nihonkoba:

Nihonkoba:


Mie and Nagoya summers are, to say the least, not much fun. As conscientious, environmentally sensitive global citizens, most of us Nagoya city dwellers doubtless try to use the air conditioner as little as possible,... more

Best friends


Franciszka, my mystic nurse from Poland, has just made her annual visit. She left 3 days ago, and since her departure I have been trying to console myself by rereading Mumonkan, that wonderfully irreverent and... more

Aussie Rules Rugby in Nagoya!


Australian Rules Football - The Nagoya Redbacks The Nagoya Redbacks are the only Australian Rules Football team in Central Japan.  Join us as we defend our NAFL title and warm up for the JAFL season from... more

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