Lush centuries-old forest in Tokyo: the Institute for Nature Study

susuki in institute for nature study photographed by native expat 2019

The temperature has dropped to the low single digits in Tokyo in the morning and at night these days. When the sun shone through our curtain on Sunday morning, we decided to warm up by hopping on our bikes to 白金台 (Shirokanedai), with Institute for Nature Study as our destination. A little bit about Institute … Continue reading Lush centuries-old forest in Tokyo: the Institute for Nature Study

Affordable staycation in Tokyo: Odaiba

the entrance to oedo onsen monogatari photographed by native expat 2019

Tokyo is a massive sprawling city that's hard to see everything in a short period of time even if the great public transport; Tokyo city is 622km 2. To make the best living out of Tokyo, we decided to enjoy a bit of staycation in お台場(Odaiba). Odaiba will be a quite well-known area in 2020 … Continue reading Affordable staycation in Tokyo: Odaiba

Tokyo local’s way to enjoy art and food in Ueno

Mentioned in the last week's post, we had a public holiday to celebrate Culture Day and that free entries were offered at some of the major museums around the country. Here's how we spent our first Culture Day since we moved to Japan at the start of the year. What's Ueno like? 上野 (うえの, Ueno) … Continue reading Tokyo local’s way to enjoy art and food in Ueno

Rising tax and the rising Rugby fever in the Land of the Rising Sun

rugby viewing at the fan zone in marunouchi photographed by Native Expat 2019

Just as Japan started to host the 6 weeks long Rugby World Cup 🏉 on September 20, Japan’s complicated tax increase was introduced from October 1 where some items’ tax has increased from 8% to 10% 💹.  First the bad news...tax increase Unlike Australia, the prices are generally listed before tax in Japan and the … Continue reading Rising tax and the rising Rugby fever in the Land of the Rising Sun

Eat and wander around the Little Edo, Kawagoe

queue of Nakaichi Honten that is famous for nekomanma in kawagoe photographed by native expat 2019

Time travel back to the Edo period by catching a train for 30 minutes from the northern big city in Tokyo, 池袋(Ikebukuro) to 川越 (Kawagoe). This ideal day trip location from Tokyo is located in Saitama Prefecture and is known as 小江戸 (Little Edo) where rows of clay-walled warehouses called 蔵造り (kurazukuri) are beautifully preserved. … Continue reading Eat and wander around the Little Edo, Kawagoe

The blend of academic and all mens cheerleading: Waseda University

早稲田大学 (Waseda University) shortened to 早大 "Sodai" is one of the prestigious private universities in Japan where tens and thousands of Japanese high school students strive to attend🎓. Located in Shinjuku, Tokyo since 1882 (initially established as a specialist school then formally renamed to Waseda University in 1902), around 55,000 students attend this university with … Continue reading The blend of academic and all mens cheerleading: Waseda University

Walking on a Rainbow: A walk to Odaiba on Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo

rainbowbridge and tokyo tower view from daiba park photographed by yukari wilson for native expat 2019

June in Japan is a rainy month☔. Although the week was pretty sunny, my first weekend after my first week of work was very gloomy, cool and rainy🌧. Yet, why waste a weekend now that I work? Living in Sydney, we saw the harbor every day and we can’t remember the last time we saw … Continue reading Walking on a Rainbow: A walk to Odaiba on Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo