New Blog!

Hey there! I've decided to continue blogging at a different blog. The MEXT archives and some of my travel posts will remain here, but I'll be moving some stuff over. Hope to see you there!

Print Resources

The first link for print resources would be to my review of the book (where applicable). The second link is an (affiliate) buy link. Most of the time, their titles should explain their contents, but I like adding short notes.

At the bottom of this page, I've put an Amazon store to make it easier for you to buy these books. There are all the books I wrote about here plus a few more!

Japan-Related Resources

Living Abroad in Japan by Ruth Kanagy: Although this is one of the only living in Japan books, it's still an excellent resource. But like my review says, don't trust the medicine section wholeheartedly.

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How to Japan by Colin Joyce: For some reason, this book is so hard to find on the web (I can't find it in Book Depository or - oh wait, it's listed on, but if you see a copy, you really should buy it. And buy one for me too(:

Japanese Core Words and Phrases by Kazuko Shoji: Not bad for explaining certain phrases, but the romaji does hamper it.

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Japanese Politics Today: From Karaoke to Kabuki Democracy : This book is awesome because it is not dated (published 2011) - this is me speaking in the beginning of 2012 by the way. In Japanese politics, where they keep changing ministers, current is better (for me anyway).

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A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson: I love this book, it's so gorgeous! It's not your average travel book, but it does a good job of bringing the 'feel' of Japan to the reader.

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The Kakure Kirishitan of Japan by Stephen Turnbull: It's got nothing to do with living in Japan, but really, it's a fascinating look at a little known but very interesting aspect of Japanese history.

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An Introduction to Japanese Society (Third Edition) by Yoshio Sugimoto: A good primer for Japanese society, but it may be a bit dry at times. This edition that I read felt quite current (I find that sometimes, the books on Japan may be dated, as are any books that are on "modern society of ____ country".

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The Japanese Have A Word For It by Boye Lafayette De Mente: An interesting book about Japanese culture, although it focuses a lot on the business aspect and I haven't experienced very much of what he talks about.

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All The Money in the World by Laura Vanderkam: It's not related to Japan, but this interesting book is useful to students or anyone who wants to keep a budget but have fun at the same time.

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Precarious Japan by Anne Allison: For a non-fiction book, this brought me close to tears many many times. If you're wondering about the state of social affairs in Japan, or you want to read about a Japan that you don't normally see, you should definitely read this book. It's eye-opening.

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A Geek in Japan by Hector Garcia: With short articles and a surprisingly wide range of topics, it's a good introduction to Japan. The only thing that brings it down would be the mistakes that I found (especially in the last few pages)

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Other Books I recomend:

All The Money in the World by Laura Vanderkam: It's not related to Japan, but this interesting book is useful to students or anyone who wants to keep a budget but have fun at the same time.

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The Practical Napper: My recent post about the important of sleep reminded me about this funny little book. It's a book that you pick up when you need a chuckle and ironically, is so funny that it wakes me up rather than puts me to sleep. 

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Do Your Laundry Or You'll Die Alone by Becky Blades: Warning: I reviewed this book over at my book blog, so clicking on the link will lead you away from this site. Anyway, this touching book chock-full of a mother's love is something that you'll want to have with you when you're living on your own in Japan. Plus, it's a really pretty book (review contains pictures, so go check it out!)

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Well-Heed by Leslie-Anne Scorgie: This may be marketed for girls, but it has common sense financial advice that both guys and girls can use. The only part I really disagree with would be the list of ways you can earn extra cash.

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