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    Other Options For Planning Your Train Trip

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

    I received a lot of great comments from readers on the post. Reader Jethro writes about an English train-scheduling service, hyperdia: While I was in Japan studying abroad, I used a very similar website to plan out trips– I’ll have to try out this one too, though! ~ Jethro. Reader Deas of Rocking […]

    Plan Your Trip With JR Odekake Net

    Sunday, October 28th, 2007

    Planning a trip within Japan soon? Will you be travelling by train? If you are using JR, can save you a lot of time. Just type in where you are going, where you are coming from and the time and will do the rest of the work for you. This was a life-saver […]

    Zousui Revisited

    Thursday, October 25th, 2007’s first tip ever was how to avoid throwing out old rice by making zousui (rice soup). Helpful reader shiisa sends in another zousui tip: use leftover nabe broth. Excellent tip! This post reminds me of how you can also do the opposite: say you have a great nabe (hot pot) meal, something like crab […]

    Mystery Fruit – The Akebi Part 2

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the akebi fruit. The akebi is an oval-shaped, purple fruit that grows on a wild vine here in Japan. I had never seen or eaten one before, so I was excited to try it. After patiently waiting for my akebis to ripen, I finally had the opportunity […]

    Get Cheap Bread at the Grocery Store

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    Reader Amy writes in with a great grocery store tip: I do a lot of after-work shopping and have started to get the hang of the late-night discounts. One thing I’ve noticed is that supermarkets with in-store bakeries offer good deals on bread and pastries: the bakeries generally close before the supermarket does, and when […]

    How To Find 300 Yen Steaks In Japan

    Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

    Relative to other places, the cost of living in Japan is high. Rent is expensive. Transportation is expensive. Clothes are expensive. Food is no exception. Just the other day I saw a single mango selling in the local grocery store for 3000 yen (I bought bananas). Steaks often clock in at over 700 yen and […]

    Save On Cleaning Products Revisited – Buy House Brands

    Saturday, October 6th, 2007

    Reader Ken Y-N of What Japan Thinks writes in with a great tip for saving on cleaning products. Buy house brands: Another tip for saving on Bath Magiclean is to find an equivalent own-brand, but for that one you have to check that the — whatever the active ingredient is — is the right percentage, […]

    Newly Harvested Rice – Shinmai

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    It’s now October and the temperature has started to drop on the islands. Fall is finally here! One of the great things about Fall, other than the cool weather and falling leaves, is that it is rice harvest season. If you live in a rural area you might have seen this harvesting firsthand [edit: or […]