5 Ways to Improve Your Japanese Skills While in Japan

All the studying I did back when I was in my home country amounted to very little success in communicating in Japan. My skills eventually improved, but not through books or exams. This video shows how I honed my skills, and no, it doesn’t really have anything to do with mushrooms, but who doesn’t like eringi, right? Advertisements Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Your Japanese Skills While in Japan

How to Create a Hot Pepper Beauty Account

When it comes to beauty and relaxation services, Japan does not disappoint. If you want to get a haircut, get your nails done, or get a massage, there are plenty of places to choose from. More often than not, however, walk-ins are not accepted and making a reservation is a must.

Reservations can usually be done by phone or online. In my case, I use a website/app called “Hot Pepper Beauty.” This service allows me to browse listed salons and look for them by area, service, or keyword. If I’m in a hurry to get something done, I can also search for salons that have open slots for the same or the following day.

Needless to say, it is a very useful website. It’s unfortunately not (yet?) in English, but have no fear. The instructions below take you through creating an account.

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