Life in Japan

Advice and guides for the complicated parts of life in Japan.

In Japan, battery sizes don't follow the battery size name conventions you might be used to if you come from an English speaking country.

Here is a list of ways to make money online in Japan. If you are an ALT in Japan, you may have a lot of free time and you may want to make a little extra cash. There are some opportunities to make a little extra money offline as an ALT, generally through conversation lessons. However, if you want to make money online in Japan, here are some ideas.

About the JLPT

JLPT Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The JLPT or the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is one of the most recognized and accepted tests to show your proficiency in the Japanese Language. This test is taken in Japan and around the world once or twice a year (depending where you are) in either June or December. The JLPT test, since 2011, has 5 levels.

The levels are designated N5 to N1, with N1 being the most difficult. Prior to 2011 it was a 4 level system with a large jump between Level 3 and Level 2. The new system has added a level that fits between the old Level 3 and Level 2.

Every level test sits at the same time on the same day so it is impossible to do 2 different tests during one testing period. For this reason it is important to choose the test level you wish to do carefully.

This page is for tips on how to remember Japanese hiragana, by associating each hiraganan with a mental image.

Cooking rice in a Japanese rice cooker is very simple once you know the basics. Make sure you get these three steps right and you'll have delicious, perfectly cooked rice from your rice cooker.

My main online study tool up till recently has been and I have written a little about my experience with RTK. However, I have recently started using another website too, by the name of

Here's a list of study tools that you have to try if you are serious about learning Japanese on your own.

Are you thinking about going to Japan? Are you considering living in Japan for a year to experience Japan life? Well, you wouldn't be the first and you won't be the last - Japan is a country that holds an interest for a lot of people and becoming an English teacher for a year is one to get to Japan.

Japanese vocabulary and common phrases for beginners including numbers, colors, greetings, apologies, thanks, question words, directions, and even more.

This is just an average day in the life of an ALT living in the countryside in Japan. It is not any specific day, rather just a summation of what you can expect a normal weekday to be like (based on my personal experience) if you become an ALT in Japan and are stationed in the country.