2013年04月16日

Dangerous places in Japan

Though Japan is a safe country compared by other countries, there are several places that are dangerous. Kabukicho, in Shinjyuku, had the most crimes in Tokyo last year, and the second place in Tokyo was the Adachi area. There are many clubs and bars in Kabukicho, also Japanese Yakuzas own their buildings around there. Adachi is an area where many people who don't have a job, not employed live, so if you get off the main station ''Kita-Senjyu'', you will be surprised of the numbers of police patrolling. The Western area in Shinjyuku is a safe place, there are many head offices of big companies and the main office of the capital of Japan, '' Tocho''. You can go on the top floor of Tocho, and enjoy the wonderful view of Tokyo, if the weather is fine!


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2013年04月09日

Residence in Japan for foreigners

Finding a residence in Japan is quite difficult for foreigners, as many flats and houses are limited. I was really surprised when I first knew this, because when I lived in UK, my family could live in any place we wanted..Japan is a country where has only one language, the first time I started to live which was 1989, I felt really weird. All the people have the same skin colour, hair colour, and wear the same types of clothes. And, the most surprising, my hair colour suddenly turned brown from black! I'm sure it's the water that had led me that, but that made people think that I'm a strange Japanese.
Well, right now in 2013, Japan has slightly changed. I've written my experiences in the late 80's, to try to tell you how Japan used to be a self-society country .
Actually, this is one of the reason that foreigners are limited to rent places, the owners are old people who hasn't been over-seas nor have been interested in different culture.
But, many companies have taken this granted, and I'm sure the situation will get better, if you leave me a comment, I can give you further advice.


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2013年04月08日

Smoking and drinking in Japan

Most of the areas in Japan are prohibited to smoke, especially in the city. You have to find a smoking area to smoke, and some places will fine you if you smoke in the non-smoking area. When you want to buy cigarettes from a vending machine, you need a special card which is called '' Taspo'', you can order it by sending a form and a photocopy of any identifications that proves your age. Drinking and smoking are legally permitted from the age 20, and doing pachinko are from 18.
Drinking, the typical place is an izakaya, a Japanese style drinking restaurant. Each dish are cheap and the amount is not so much, so you can try several dishes with different kinds of food.
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