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What should you do after quitting your job in Boston?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2016 6:19:56 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Considering Relocation

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You've just quit your job (or considering it) - with nothing on the horizon. Yikes.

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What is it like to celebrate Halloween in Tokyo?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2016 1:19:51 AM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Lifestyle

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Halloween is a reasonably new celebration in Japan, with Tokyo very quickly establishing itself as one of the best places to visit for Halloween. Some suburbs of Tokyo such as Shibuya go all out for Halloween. It’s a celebration which is becoming bigger and better every year in Japan, and I have spent the past two Halloween seasons in Tokyo. Read on to find out why Tokyo is such a great place to celebrate Halloween.

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Moving in from Boston to Tokyo? Fees, policies & everything legal

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 5:47:01 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Settling in

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Japanese people can be very particular when it comes to policies, especially when it comes down to something semi-permanent like renting out your new home. Below are some of the many factors that you would need to keep in mind:

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Renting houses in Tokyo when moving from Boston

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 5:15:27 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Settling in

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Houses in Japan tend to be smaller and simpler than those in other countries, and most foreigners reside in Japan for work tend to choose homes that could be described as "luxury" in the local market. These properties are generally western-style homes with a full suite of amenities not often found in Japanese houses. Clothes dyers, dish washers, central heating, and multiple bedrooms are all features that are now commonly available in upscale Japanese properties.

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Renting apartments in Tokyo when moving from Boston

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 5:06:59 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Settling in

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Japanese apartments can be notoriousy small, especially in Tokyo, where even some high-end properties are as small as a den or even a large bathroom in many western countries. However, as Japan becomes more international, properties are becoming more and more "western," and although space is limited, "open spaces" are now more popular than a number of tiny rooms, which is traditionally the case in Japanese homes.

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Priorities when considering housing in Tokyo

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 4:53:15 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Settling in

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Sometimes finding a place to live in Japan requires a willing suspension of disbelief from a western mindset. As with so much in Japan, or any other foreign country for that matter, things are simply done differently. And no experience in Japan quite compares to the unique way that the Japanese live and manage their living spaces.

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Relocation process from Boston to Tokyo

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 4:30:41 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Settling in

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Not knowing what you don't know is just one of the many travails you endure when moving abroad. Anyone who has decamped to another country will tell you that it is invaluable to have eyes and ears on the ground in advance in order to help you prepare for all the changes that are coming.

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Where to live: Setagaya-ku

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 4:14:48 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Where to live

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The second largest ward in Tokyo, Setagaya-ku has numerous quiet residential areas as well as swaths of green spaces. It has one of the highest residential populations of any district in Tokyo.

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Where to live: Ota-ku

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 4:14:25 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Where to live

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The largest of Tokyo's wards, Ota-ku is the location of Haneda Airport and borders Shinagawa-ku, Meguro-ku, Setagaya-ku, and the Tokyo Bay. However, this ward is not the most popular amongst expatriates because it is not the most conveninent of locations within Tokyo.

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Where to live: Shinagawa-ku

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 4:14:04 PM / by Keika Sugiyama posted in Where to live

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Japanese people sometime refer to this area of town as Shinagawa "city" but in English it is simply known as Shinagawa ward, or just Shinagawa.

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