There is a popular meme going around the internet these days about how Japan has an "abandoned house" problem. It's really funny because it's true - there are so many abandoned houses in Japan that they're actually converting them into restaurants, hotels, and even giving them away!
If you've ever been to Tokyo or Osaka, then you’ve probably seen these machines all over the place. From a local perspective and from an expat point of view, here are some interesting facts about them.
Whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth, you’ll undoubtedly take note of the differences between Japan and your own home country, whether they be positive or negative. Something that many people notice is the lack of homeless people and panhandlers in Japan’s major cities.
Read on to find out the reasons for the periodic risks and occurrences of a tsunami in Japan — as well as what to do if you happen to be in a situation of tsunami risk, regardless of whether you’re in Japan or not.
As long as you stick to some basic rules of etiquette and don’t act entitled to light a cigarette wherever you go, you’ll do just fine. Here’s a quick overview of where you can buy cigarettes in Japan, where you’re allowed to smoke, and where you need to exercise some caution.