Automated Gate : Save your passport pages from entry exit stamps in Japan

Although I hate flying for work reasons am a frequent flyer. I fly out every month to some destination and my passport has all the stamp art made by the immigration officers from various countries who feel these pages are their canvas to exploit where they merrily put the ink on the passport. Every trip

5 years since the earthquake of March 2011

I still remember the sunny afternoon on a Friday in Kobe, I was looking forward to a regular weekend and was busy closing most of the actions and head off to Tokyo back home. I used to stay in city of Kobe all the five days of the week and go back to my family

Skate @Tokyo : Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena

Are you a roller skate fan in Tokyo? Want to enjoy inline or roller skates for relatively cheap, but don’t want to buy skates just for a couple of hours? Head to the Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena in Korakuen. Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena is one of the largest indoor roller-skate rinks in Tokyo.  Short

Wonderful Airbnb experience in Japan : 8 benefits of Airbnb

Apple coined the catchphrase “THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT” and truly so. I have been using the taxi hailing app Uber in Paris, London, all cities in US for over two years and the experience still amazes me. I seriously miss Uber in Japan, but, we at least have Airbnb, the alternative to hotels and reasonable

Hachiko, Tokyo Station – LuckyDrop figures to go on sale on Feb 12, 2016

Kaiyodo has announced some interesting figures to be launched on February 12, 2016 which you can buy from capsule dispensing machines at various stations on the JR lines in Tokyo. The 6 figures to go on sale as part of the “Souvenir of walking around JR Yamanote Line” campaign by the JR East (山手線さんぽフィギュアみやげ) are as

Cup no Fuchiko : Cuteness on the edge of the cup

Japan makes some seriously cute stuff. I have collected small figures on bottle caps of beverages, costly PVC models of Haruhi, but was oblivious to the cute phenomenon of Fuchiko. In my recent business visit to London, my colleague from Paris asked me if I knew of Fuchiko. Her question stumped me and I replied “no”

4 things to consider when applying for a PERMANENT RESIDENT status in Japan

If getting a visa every few years is painful, or you want to do work beyond the status (like ENGINEER) allocated, you have been around for 10 years (average) in Japan, need a home loan, getting a Permanent Resident status in Japan might be an option to consider. Last year I completed 15 years in Japan,

HOW TO : Connect to free WiFi on Tokyo Metro / Toei Lines

The number one ask from tourists coming to Japan has always been ease of connectivity to WiFi spots across the city. Primarily to connect to internet and access travel related information tourists had to contend with long subscription processes or sometimes non availability of a carrier contract in Japan, left isolated with no connectivity. Starting December 1,

HOW TO : Connect to free WiFi on the Tokyo Toei Bus service

A few days earlier we covered the free WiFi connectivity on 143 stations of the Tokyo Metro and Toei Lines of the city. Reference URL :HOW TO : Connect to free WiFi on Tokyo Metro / Toei Lines Today we will check the free WiFi connectivity on the the Toei Bus (ToBus) the bus service operated by the Tokyo

143 Tokyo Metro/Subway Stations in Tokyo to get “hassle-free” WiFi spots

The number one ask from tourists coming to Japan has always been ease of connectivity to WiFi spots across the city. Primarily to connect to internet and access travel related information tourists had to contend with long subscription processes or sometimes non availability of a carrier contract in Japan, left isolated with no connectivity. With the