Welcome to Tokyo, Donnie

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I’ve fallen into that same old habit again, not writing when I don’t have any good news to report, but lately I realize that’s contrary to why I started this blog in the first place. This blog was intended to be a resource, a journal and an insight into Japan life from this foreigner’s perspective. I have been a genuine funk for several weeks. I can’t say whether it’s because I left Tsukuba, if it’s the bustle of lugging all of my things to Tokyo, having to move into shared housing, the Continue Reading …

Tasty Cuisine in Japan: Ali’s Chicken Kebab

Doner Chicken Kebab

Man, I don’t know if it’s the same for you guys, but for me food can be like heaven sometimes. I was walking around Tsukuba, just trying to wrap my head around the apartments I’d seen and how on earth I was going to be able to move. In the midst of my worries, I got this delightful aromatic whiff of something. I couldn’t tell what it was, but it smelled incredible and it reminded me of something...but what? I pulled my Toucan Sam move and followed my nose to the smell and I stumbled upon Continue Reading …

Foreigners in Japan Profile – featuring Nikolas Faraguna

Foreigners in Japan

ROCKIN' IN JAPAN with Nikolas Faraguna 1.Tell us a yourself, Nik. Where are you from? Nelson, BC, Canada 2.Where did you go to school? Music college in Nelson 3.What brought you to Japan? Tokyo has always fascinated me… my Japanese friends in Canada said there would probably be a lot of opportunity in Tokyo for music and modelling work. 4.How long have you been here? About 2 years 5. What do you do for a living? Modeling and music. Right now, the modelling is paying my Continue Reading …

How to Get Your Japan Residence Card

Why I look like a registered sex offender in this photo, it's hard to say.   But I'm really not...I PROMISE!

In a previous post I mentioned to you that there have been some pretty significant changes to Japan’s Immigration System, many of which are changes for the better. For example, those with a valid Japan work visa, unless you’re staying out of the country for longer than a year, you reentry will be as simple as showing your new card to Japanese officials at the airport. The maximum visa length has also been extended to five years instead of three. Rumor has it that it’s a little more difficult Continue Reading …

Tales From Japan 1

Please look out for the next 'Tale from Japan.'

If you live in Japan long enough, you are undoubtedly going to experience a funny, weird, or strange incident at some point or another. So here is one of my recent stories. I got on the train with badly sprained foot*, I was in a splint and all bandaged up. There was a kind, Japanese gentleman who offered me his priority section seat. I was incredibly grateful because nobody wants to stand for an hour on a banged up foot. I sit down, relieved that I don't have to stand. The relief becomes Continue Reading …