Japanese Forums and Informational Sites

Japan Statistics

Japan Monthly Web Magazine

Tokyo Gift Show

Japanese Forums and Informational Sites

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I remember when I first started looking for forums about Japan. One of the first sites that I came across was www.japanese-online.com. This was perhaps the best forum at the time. Nowadays, it just looks like a parking page for some info on Japan and a few links. If you look to the bottom right of the page you will  come across a link to www.japanforum.com. This forum is good and covers a lot of different topics on Japan and living in Japan. On the left side of the page you will find the site navigation. If you want to learn Japanese or looking for a language exchange, then this is a forum you want to stop by.

www.jref.com/forum is another forum that contains a lot of info on a lot of different topics. If you are looking for info on living in Japan then this forum has a lot of posts. Their “Learning Japanese” part of the forum seems to be the most active. The one thing that sets this forum apart from the above mentioned forums is that they have a “China” and “Europe” forum.

If you’re looking to move to Japan for work, then probably the best forum to stop by is forum.gaijinpot.com/index.php. This forum, covers all the basis and has a friendly layout.

When it comes to learning Japanese, I have to say that I really like post by Namiko Abe at www.thoughtco.com

As I come across more and more sites I will continue to update this post.  Another Forum on Japan that seems to be fairly active is the forum at The JapanChannel.com.  Check it out when you have time.

HiHo2 @ June 12, 2017

Japan Statistics

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I can’t believe how fast time has flown.   I came across a really cool site for those interested in learning more about Japan.  Check out [http://stats-japan.com/].   You can click on a category or click on a prefecture to learn a bunch of interesting facts.      Wanna find out where they have the most dentist, foreign residents or murder victims, just click on the appropriate links.   Some of the stats that they have up there on are kind of mind boggling.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

HiHo2 @ June 12, 2017

Japan Monthly Web Magazine

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I hope everyone is having a great 2017!  If you like Japan as much as I do, or even just someone with a casual interest in Japan, you should check out the Japan Monthly Web Magazine put out by the Japan National Tourism site.  This site is filled with so many links about many things, for all parts of Japan.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

HiHo2 @ June 12, 2017

Tokyo Gift Show

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Japan has many cool gift shows.  I am currently planning on  attending the Tokyo Gift Show in September.  This will be my first time to go to one…and I heard that it is HUGE and exciting.  If you have time check out their website and see if you can’t go too!

HiHo2 @ May 23, 2017

Tokyo Cheapo (a.k.a. Tokyocheapo.com)

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I stumbled on TokyoCheapo while looking into cellphone sim card providers in Japan.  This site has a lot of great info and is great for anyone visiting or living in Japan.  You can find information about Hotels, Rail, Jobs, and pretty much anything else.  They have a lot of original content as well as links to various sites to get more information.    Check it out when you have time.

HiHo2 @ April 30, 2017

Takoboto (Awesome app to learn Japanese)

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With a change in the way people live their lives nowadays, I am constantly on the hunt for apps to learn Japanese.  Takoboto ( a mix of Tako or octopus and Roboto) has got to be one of the best apps out there.  Takoboto allows one to search in English or Japanese.  Whether you are looking up a word or just need to verify kanji, this is an indispensable app for learning Japanese.

When you have time check out Takoboto.  You won’t regret it!

HiHo2 @ February 5, 2016

Visiting Fukuoka in 2015

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IMG_20150327_072646021If you ever get a chance to go to Fukuoka, stay at the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel and have breakfast. As we enjoyed their great breakfast, we got to look out at the magnificent view above.



HiHo2 @ April 22, 2015

Japan Fun Facts!

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Wow!  Can’t believe time has flown by so quickly.

As always… I am always trying to find more sites on Japan.    This page on Buzzle.com list a lot of fun facts about Japan.  If you have a chance go check it out.    click here to read a bunch of tidbits about Japan.


HiHo2 @ April 21, 2013

Onsens in Japan

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Onsen, or [Hot Spring], is one of the most relaxing experiences one can have while in Japan.  If you have never been to one, I definitely recommend you try one before you die.    If and when you do decide to take a trip to an onsen, there are several “rules” that you need to keep in mind.  [Onsenjapan.net] is a great site that talks introduces various onsens throughout Japan and covers “Onsen Basics“.

When you have a chance, check out their site and let me know what you think!

HiHo2 @ July 22, 2012

Hakata Station

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I remember when I first went to Hakata Train Station in the late 80’s and in throughout the 90’s, it was for the most part… a train station.  On my most recent trip in March of 2012, there seems to be some major improvements.  One could probably spend the whole day there  If you are ever in Fukuoka, stop by Hakata Station!!

HiHo2 @ March 23, 2012

NHK World

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If you are as fanatical about Japan as I am, you may already know about NHK World.  But for those of you who don’t, when you have a chance you should visit the NHK World site.  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/index.html.
At this site, you will (of course) get the latest news on Japan.  You will also get to view “On Air” the exact same news cast or documentary that is being shown on TV.   Check it out and let me know what you think.

HiHo2 @ February 22, 2012

[Japan Immigration Laws] Changes for 2012

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While in Japan, I had the opportunity to go through the immigration/ visa process for myself, as well as assist others in staying in Japan. If you want to move to Japan or “Try” living there, you really need to do your homework regarding the proper way to stay there.  In many countries, you may be able to do a “visa” run, but in Japan you need to get your ducks in a row or you could find yourself being asked to leave with no chance to return.

Beginning on July 9th, 2012 changes to the immigration system, alien registration, re-entry visa will take place.  A new [Resident Card] will be issued for those wanting to stay in Japan.

If you want to stay in Japan for an extended period of time,  ask yourself what you have to offer to Japan.  What do you have that they can’t already find in their country.  Do you have a special skill?  Do you have a degree?  Always remember that visiting Japan is totally different from living there.

Check out this link put out by the Immigration Bureau of Japan, to see how you may be affected by the upcoming changes.  http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/en/index.html


Good Luck!

HiHo2 @ January 1, 2012

Happy New Year Japan!

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2011 has brought many changes to Japan and the world.  With the Japanese economy going down, the Yen getting stronger, exports declining Japan has many challenges ahead.  Topping the year was the March 11th earthquake / Tsunami / Nuclear Disaster; an event that will live with us forever.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are still suffering as a result of the disaster.

HiHo2 @ December 31, 2011


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While cruising the web this evening, I came upon “facts-about-japan.com” website.  If you’re looking to gather facts about Japan, then this is a decent site.  I like the history link perhaps the best of all the links on the site.   Having the Google ads in the center of the web page is distracting and takes away from the sites value.

HiHo2 @ December 12, 2011


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Don’t quite remember how I stumbled upon JapanNewbie.com, but I do know that it sparked my curiosity enough to want to blog about it later.

JapanNewbie is a cool site for those wanting to learn about Japan.  For those of you with preconceived notions about Japan, I would definitely recommend you check out this site.    There are sites out there with more information “about” Japan but this site has a variety of information about different aspects of Japan.   So, if you’re an up and coming Japanophile, stop  by and click around the site.

HiHo2 @ October 30, 2011

Study Abroad [Japan Universities]

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As my kids are getting older, more and more I think about sending them to Japan to study.  Being born there, they keep telling me that they wouldn’t mind going to school there.  Looking at the news today, I stumbled upon a site put out by the Japan Times [Guide to Studying in Japan]The main page list several universities.  After clicking on a link, it will take you to another welcome page that contains links to the university’s site as well as information regarding tuition, number of students, address, etc.

A lot has happened since my last post. The prime minister has changed… again. The yen is still too strong for comfort, and central Japan is cleaning up after a typhoon has left 32 dead and 57 missing.  Nevertheless, we must always keep looking toward and preparing for the future.  So if you’re looking to study abroad, or thinking about sending your child,  the [Guide to Studying in Japan] is a good place to start looking.

HiHo2 @ September 5, 2011


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Many years ago, Japan Airlines was king. In the past few years, it has really taken a beating. I hope that one day it may once again regain its status.

I worked for Jalpak in the beginning 90’s. I got to meet some really good people and it was a great learning experience. I recently received an email from a friend of mine saying that Jalpak Bangkok will be shutting down at the end of June. I couldn’t believe it. Jalpak has been in Bangkok since 1979.

As time goes on, we may very well see other major player pull out of certain regions. With the internet, we now have a much more connected world and the need for traditional travel agencies has been dwindling.

HiHo2 @ June 26, 2011

Fukushima Fighting for their Future

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When I talked to my friends in Fukushima, they tell me that they are pretty much on their own.  Not sure if it is the radiation that is keeping people out, but they tell me that the Japan Red Cross is not around.   They volunteer at the shelters and tell me that people are in dire need of supplies and it is only getting worse in the shelters.

The stories they tell me are not the stories that the media will talk about.  They are fed up with the lack of actual support.  There are a lot of feel good measures and millions of Yen/ Dollars being donated to the Japan Red Cross, but if the money is not being transitioned into actual help for the people it is pointless.  They have decided to do their own fund raising in an effort to get monies directly to the shelters.

Please click on the picture below.  They are selling T-shirts in hopes of generating money for the children and shelters of Fukushima.   If you have any questions you can contact me directly or contact them (contact info on attachment).

HiHo2 @ April 17, 2011

[Help Japan] 2011 Earthquake & Tsunami

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Having lived through one disaster and having stayed in a shelter.  I really feel for the victims of this twin disaster.

You tend to long for any degree of normalcy.  Even the little things become luxuries.

One question that I always get, is “I want to help or donate, but I want to give directly to people”.  I guess there are a lot of us that feel that our efforts will not go directly to the victims.

In this post, I will post links of where one can find information about giving, helping, or general information about Quake/Tsunami stricken areas.

Help Sites posted by Japan Today (A must see site)

*The Japan Red Cross (direct link to send money directly to them)

Emergency info from Yahoo Japan site (great place to get info)

www.city.fukushima.fukushima.jp (Fukushima City home page)

Fukushima Radio Station (Daily updates on radiation levels)

Radiation Levels in Japan Radiation levels listed by prefecture

NHK World (General info and links in English)

HiHo2 @ March 23, 2011

Searching for “Japan earthquake live report”

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If you are like a few hundred million people around the world caught up in the tragedy unfolding in Japan, you may want to bookmark this site:  Japan-earthquake-live-report.  The site, is a sub site of www.timeout.jp.

They have put up some useful information for those looking blackout times, train schedules, emergency numbers and so forth

Check it out and let me know what you think.

HiHo2 @ March 14, 2011