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NoMad Grill & Lounge

Realizing Japanese hospitality and cuisine you can only find in Tokyo, NoMad Grill lounge is a steakhouse showing off the quality of Japanese ingredients, and a rooftop bar and lounge – a grown-up gathering space in the heart of the

National Center for Global Health and Medicine

The Center Hospital provides the best general healthcare services to overcome diseases and improve health with the aim of contributing to society. As one of the most advanced treatment hospitals in Japan, they provide patients with the best care and

Asakusa Disaster Prevention Seminar – Report

On Friday 25th November, Expat’s Guide staff attended a disaster prevention seminar at Taito Kumin Kaikan in Asakusa. The seminar included a lecture and a panel discussion, with an aim to increase awareness of both the dangers faced in the

Matsumotokiyoshi Ginza 5th Store

A drugstore that also sells a wide range of cosmetics.

How to: Karaoke in Japan

Japan is the birthplace of karaoke, and no trip to the country is complete until you’ve thrown your inhibitions aside and stepped up to the mic. Karaoke machines are common staples at “snack” bars, but by far the preferred setting

Inside the State Guest House

Visiting Akasaka Palace on one of its open days, you can take a tour through a series of lavishly decorated rooms on the second floor. Signage is in English and Japanese, and audio guides in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean

Akasaka Palace – The State Guest House

Wander south of Yotsuya station at the south-east corner of Shinjuku ward and you will find the road widens as it splits, towards Akasaka to the left and Meiji Jingu Gaien to the right. In between, behind tall gates of

Lost in Translation – Wasei Eigo

The mass importation of foreign words into the Japanese language can make communicating in Japan that little bit easier. English words are used for many foods and drinks, household wares, and a host of other items and concepts. However, some

5 Tips – Buying a Home in Japan

Tokyo rent might not be as expensive as London or New York… but it’s still pretty high! With interest rates in Japan so low now, however, this could be an excellent time to buy. There are a few things you’ll

LOCAVORE

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A short distance from Yoyogi-Uehara Station in a quiet back street is this small eatery run by a husband (chef) and wife (sommelier) team. In the style of a Parisian bistro, the bright red exterior is easy to spot. The

NTT Medical Center Tokyo

An inner-city general hospital with a high level of medical care and foreign patient support, which has received both JCI and JMIP accreditation, as well as certification from public bodies including Medical Excellence Japan, which designates “Japanese International Hospitals” in

The Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR

Cancer Institute Hospital is Japan’s first and largest hospital specializing in cancer care. Its Screening Center offers examinations not simply for confirmation of overall health status but focusing on the prevention and the early detection of cancer. The examinations are

SAGEMONOYA

Looking for antique NETSUKE? Sagemonoya, opened more than 25 years ago, is still the only gallery in Japan specializing in genuine antique Netsuke. A wide selection and price range of these miniature carvings are available, together with Inro, Ojime and

Tokyo Medical University Hospital

Conveniently located right in the very center of the city, Tokyo Medical University Hospital (TMUH) is a large facility providing cutting-edge medical care to many patients. The International Medical Care Department was launched in 2016 with the aim of serving

5 Tokyo Stations for Anime Fans

Sound effects and jingles are a big part of everyday life in Tokyo. Among the sounds heard most often in the city are so-called , the tunes played on station platforms when a train is about to leave. In the

Asakusa Yabusame

Among the lesser known of Japan’s martial arts is yabusame, a form of horseback archery. Yabusame events take place across the country throughout the year. Expat’s Guide went along to this year’s Asakusa Yabusame event, held at Sumida Park. Yabusame

Tokyo Takanawa Hospital

State-of-the-art facilities are fully equipped with the latest medical technology and staffed with highly trained medical personnel with a wide, multidisciplinary background who are experienced in handling even the most serious medical problems. The hospital includes an international clinic, with

Manekineko

Experience the joy of singing any time at Manekineko! With a large English song selection on the latest, easy-to-use machines, as well as a wide variety of food and drink on offer, Manekineko is an excellent place to enjoy singing

7 Tokyo Rail Hacks

Once you get used to the overcrowding, get to know which lines intersect at which stations, and which lines are operated by which companies, Tokyo’s rail network is not so difficult to navigate. Still, there are a few tips and

Japanese Tax Return Season

February and March in Japan is tax season, when all residents receive a tax return form from their local tax office. The two main forms of tax are income tax and . The rates you pay for both kinds of

Samurai & Ninja Show in Asakusa

Samurai, ninja and geisha are among the most evocative aspects of Japanese culture, but events and tourist attractions that feature them are relatively few and far between. The “Samurai & Ninja Show in Asakusa” aims to rectify that. Expat’s Guide

Cocokara Fine

Cocokara Fine is a drugstore that sells cosmetics, everyday items and food in addition to medicines and healthcare goods. Priding itself on its wide selection, Cocokara Fine carries a range of famous brands, including some that can only be purchased

Seasonal Food – Winter

To chase away the cold, warming dishes like nabe and oden are particularly popular in winter in Japan. Both can be made with a wide range of ingredients, with some of the most popular being in season (or “shun” in

Hatsumōde

Despite the ubiquity of temples and shrines all over the country, the Japanese people tend to hold rather casual spiritual beliefs. However, there is one spiritual event that virtually everyone takes part in at the start of the year, and

Sending & Receiving Money Overseas

There are a number of options to consider when sending or receiving money from overseas in Japan. International remittance is possible at post offices and banks, though fees can be quite high, especially when the transfer goes through intermediary banks.

Dr. Passport App Out Now

One of the biggest worries for any foreign traveler is getting sick or injured while abroad. Explaining your condition to accommodation staff or health workers to get the attention you require can be a stressful proposition. From explaining your symptoms

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

This addition to Japan’s World Heritage List from July 2015 comprises 23 locations, mainly concentrated along the coast of Kyūshū, which capture the history of Japan’s industrial revolution during the Meiji Era. Japan developed quickly during this period and was

Hinamatsuri

Celebration Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on the 3rd of March, and is traditionally a day dedicated to girls, in the way “Kodomo no hi” (5th of May) was originally dedicated to boys. The celebration is marked in homes with

Space Design Inc.

Operating quality serviced apartments for 20 years with 12 Locations in Tokyo/Yokohama. Customized flexibility with quality made in Japan. BUREAU/B-SITE: Serviced Apartments with full kitchen, fully functional facilities and high-end furniture. For short-term monthly stays to extensive yearly stays. Various

VALIENTE BARCO Co. Ltd.

Harajuku-based domestic property management company with more than 10 years’ experience. Entrust them with the management of your own residential property.

Clarence International School

Clarence International is a unique Arts based preschool, following a British curriculum. All of their teaching has a strong backbone in the Arts, maximising learning benefits. Literacy, numeracy and science are not compromised by this focus, in fact, teaching these

Star Kids International Preschool

It is Star Kids’ mission to provide every child with a quality, early childhood experience. They work to create a safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment which fosters each child’s individual needs. Their inquiry, play and objective based activities make

Tokyo International Kindercare

TIK has a “whole child” approach to education that aims to develop children intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and aesthetically. They are committed to instilling each child with a strong sense of morals, values, and character that all parents can be

Orito Clinic – Ladies’ Clinic @Higashi-Ikebukuro Station

Orito Clinic is part of the semi-open systems of several hospitals including AIIKU Hospital, Japanese RED CROSS Medical Center, SEIBO International Catholic Hospital, and Tokyo Metropolitan OTSUKA Hospital. These systems allows expectant mothers to undergo prenatal check-ups in the quieter,

Plaza Plastic Surgery

Plaza Clinic is run by Dr. Robert Kure – the only doctor in Japan certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and was former chief resident at UCLA. Botox for wrinkles, hyperhidrosis, and migraine headaches. Plaza also offers facelifts,

Shinagawa East Clinic

Shinagawa East Clinic is located in central Tokyo and has 17 years of history. The clinic specializes in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, ophthalmology, medical check-ups and travel vaccinations. Translation and interpretation services can be provided, and medical certificates can be

Tokyo Mental Health

Tokyo Mental Health offers mental health therapy services in Tokyo with a UK and Japan-licensed English psychiatrist, Dr Andrew Kissane. Dr Kissane is a British consultant psychiatrist and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK. He

Tokyo Psychiatry Clinic

Tokyo Psychiatry Clinic at American Clinic Tokyo offers psychiatric medical services in Tokyo with a UK and Japan-licensed English psychiatrist, Dr Andrew Kissane. Dr Kissane is a British consultant psychiatrist and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in

What to do when sick or injured in Japan

When you are unwell, it is important to seek help from the appropriate facility, be it a hospital, a clinic or a simple drugstore. This page will take you step by step through the procedures involved in getting medical assistance in Japan.

Seasonal Conditions

Japan has four very distinct seasons, with a cold, dry winter and a hot, humid summer. Certain medical conditions are especially prevalent during particular seasons. Read this guide to help prepare yourself for seasonal afflictions.

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