Useful Daily Living Information

Information on everyday life for foreign residents in Tokyo

If you are not familiar with the local community rules and systems where you are living, you may become overwhelmed by unfamiliar menial tasks in your daily life. By knowing and understanding the ins and outs beforehand, you will be able to navigate daily life in Japan more effectively and comfortably.

Below, we have gathered and assortment of information related to daily life in Japan, in English, covering such topics as how to discard garbage, or how to pay the bills. 

Paying Bills in Japan Conveniently: A Simple Guide

Paying bills is no one's favorite thing to do, regardless of where you live. When it comes to paying though, the easier it is the less painful it will be. This is another area in which Japan stands out among the rest. There are a variety of convenient ways you can pay your bills in Japan, whether it…

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Connecting and Disconnecting Utilities When Moving Home in Tokyo

When moving to a new home in Japan, the property will initially not have any of the utilities connected. If your landlord or real estate agency has already set up and had the utilities connected for you, then you have nothing to worry about. However, if they are unable to help you with having your…

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How to Pay Utility Bills in Japan

Lifeline utilities provide necessary services to each city such as electricity, gas, and water. These basic services are needed for everyday life. In this article, you can learn about the rate structure and payment methods of Japanese Utilities.   How You will Receive Utility Bills   A profe…

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English-speaking Hair-Salons in Tokyo

While Tokyo features an abundance of excellent salons, getting the ideal haircut can be a challenge if you don’t speak Japanese. Fortunately, there are a select few salons staffed with stylists who have either worked in or completed professional hairdresser training in an English-speaking country,…

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Japanese Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services in Tokyo

As apartments in the city are so small and hanging your washing outside is not an option in most cases, Tokyoites frequently use dry cleaners for a good deal of their laundry needs. Fortunately, there are many dry cleaning outlets in Tokyo and using their services can be very straightforward. They o…

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How to find the right laundry detergent in Japan

Finding detergents for laundry in Japan can be quite the challenge, especially for those who are unable to read Japanese. Here is a great guide to shop laundry detergents in Japan. Main keywords you should know 洗濯 Sentaku Laundry / Washing 粉末 Funmatsu (Funmatsu Senzai) Powder (Powder Deterge…

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How to Keep Cool and Use your Japanese Air Conditioner

We're not sure how summer is where you're from, but here in Tokyo, it's HOT. The average peak temperature in the summer is around 30 C. Besides that, it's also humid. So, get ready, temperatures are set to start climbing and they won't stop until sometime in September. The question is: how do you…

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The expiration date on food products in Japan

In Japan, the expiration date and the consumption date are determined based on the JAS Law and the Food Sanitation Law. While in Japan, have you ever wondered where the expiration date on food products are?Here we will explain what the dates on food products in Japan mean. There are usually 2 diff…

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Pick the right fish for your dish - How to read seafood labels in Japan

Expats in Japan often shop at local supermarkets. But unfortunately, the food labels are not in English. Seafood labels are especially difficult to understand and select for your particular dish. You often see the lables of "生食用" (for raw food), "刺身用" (for sashimi), "加熱用" (for heating), "焼き魚用" (for…

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Convenience Store Services in Japan

In one sense, convenience stores or "conbini", as they are known in Japan, are the same anywhere you go in the world. They sell inexpensive toiletries, prepared food items, and miscellaneous goods that you might need. But, Japanese conbini do not stop there. They offer a variety of unique services l…

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