Be Careful When You Bite a Chocolate

BBC reports today that the U.S based confectionery company Mars has ordered to recall their chocolate products in 55 countries after one customer in Germany claimed pieces of plastic he found in a Snickers bar he bought. The plastic was traced back to the Mars…

Is Sleeping at Office Legally Allowed in Japan?

Japan is known to many foreigners as country with workaholic people, who stay at office until late night and then rush to office next day early morning. Government offices are well disciplined and punctual in Japan. Though the official time starts at 8:30 am at…

Open Defecation is a War Against the Society

There was a catchy news from India about a 104-year-old woman from a village in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district who sold her goats for constructing toilets at her home. The most amazing thing is that the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi in a function touched…

Remind Yourself Why You were Angry Before You Get Carried Away by it

Japanese economy continued to shrink for the subsequent quarter. For the quarter ended in December 2015, a -0.4% growth was reported. As the news came out, financial analysts and opponents of Abenomics started to sense the end of Government’s financial policies. Government led by Prime…

Updated cost of living for a family in Tokyo, Japan

“Cost of living in Tokyo” has been one of the blog posts with maximum number of comments in this site. We have tried to answer to many of the queries asked by the visitors. At the same time we admit our failure to respond in…

Memories of a Traumatic Disaster

Today is March 11. It was exactly four years ago that deadly tsunami hit the northern prefectures of Japan and devastated. The subsequent aftershocks and the whole Fukushima episode had literally frightened and placed people in Japan at high levels of uncertainty. That was the…

A Fresh and Rejuvenating Restart

For quite a long time, I could not update this blog. Still I used to receive some comments on the blog. I tried to reply to some of them, but admit my failure for majority of the comments. Interestingly almost 90 percent of the comments…

Programming The Crowd by Conditioned Reflexes

There was an interesting sharing yesterday by one of my friends in facebook. The shared post was a slide showing the result of an experiment by scientists carried out on a group of monkeys. The outcome of the experiment is interesting and has significant importance…

Solar Eclipse in Tokyo – A Rare Celestial Meeting

From our balcony, it was clearly visible – the celestial meeting that occurred after 173 years in Tokyo – the solar eclipse. For kids, it was a wonderful experience they were happy as if the sun, moon and earth came out of their textbooks. It…

Regain Your Waning Romance in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

26 minutes by train, Koishikawa Korakuen garden, was the easily accessible garden from our place, not yet visited, found appealing and recommended by many visitors. When we reached, the climate was good. The day was not recommended for an outing since rain was on schedule…

What Makes Japanese People Different from Others?

Every time I read about the street fights and hooligan hostilities in my country I am more convinced that we are still at the primitive stage of human civilizations though it is widely thought otherwise. The motivation to start writing this post is Mr. Omar…

This image is to show the Kyu Nakagawa river in Komatsugawa

Japanese Way of Redesigning The Nature And It’s Resources

God (not in the institutionalized form but in an absolute sense) might have His own plans, but human beings have their own plans. Both may not necessarily be the same. When it contradicts there is a conflict, which may result in catastrophes. We call them…

What Percentage of the Salary a Foreigner Can Save in Japan?

Some of the visitors to this blog were interested to know the living expenses in Japan and how much they can save. It is quite natural to have these concerns about living costs before one makes final decision to come to Japan. For expatriates, apart…