Living in Tokyo

The cost of living in Tokyo is not insignificant so if you’re looking for a cheap place to live then you’ll be disappointed. However, it gets a bad rap in international surveys that tout it as the most expensive city in the world to live in. The problem of these surveys is that they compare apples with pears – if you want to transplant your western lifestyle with a two car garage and a big backyard, then it will cost a fortune. If you’re up for adapting and trying new things, then you’ll be surprised how economically you can live.

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  • February 20, 2015
    Japanese Puns

    A Guide to Japanese Puns: Holiday Edition

    This post was scrawled by those pun-ks at Tokyo Desu. It turns out the image of serious, stoic Japan (not counting the country’s bizarre game shows) is a little misguided, because the Japanese absolutely love them a good pun. It’s comedy […]

  • February 20, 2015
    cheap english books in japan

    Where to Buy Cheap English Books in Japan

    Having lived in Japan several times over the past years, I realized there is such a thing as too much Tokyo. Shinjuku simply becomes too loud, Akihabara game centers all start to look alike*, and Shibuya just becomes a crazy mass […]

  • February 16, 2015
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    Jakotsuyu Sento: Bathing with the Downtowners

    I admit it: (a) I’m biased towards the Jakotsuyu Sento because it’s the closest public bath to my home and (b) it’s not really a “cheapo” choice since the prices are fixed by the Tokyo Sento Association at ¥460. But, I’m not […]

  • February 13, 2015
    Is Japan Expensive?

    Is Japan Expensive?

    This post was originally penned by Ken Seeroi at Tokyo Weekender. People say Japan’s expensive, which is crazy. But then people say lots of things—like Japan’s “high-tech” and “polite,” so clearly their minds are all mixed up after their round-the-world […]