Posts Tagged‘japanese’

LWIF EP67: Is it Possible to Become Japanese?

I read this book called Tokyo Underworld, which covered the life of Nick Zappetti. It’s honestly been 15 years since I read it, but I still remembered feeling that it was super difficult for a foreigner to become Japanese. It turns out I was wrong, and becoming legally Japanese is a straightforward process that can be undertaken by anyone. I talked with Eido Inoue, a former American who became Japanese in 2010. Since naturalizing he’s run a website ( educating people on how to naturalize and become a citizen of Japan. The interview was so fascinating, that I have posted…

LWIF EP64: How We Furnished Our New Japanese Home

Come join us as we give a tour of our newish Japanese home and show how we furnished it. For example, did you know that a new home doesn’t come with heating, cooling, or most of the lights? Our home is located in Tokyo and in a style I’ve heard called a pencil home (straight up).

LWIF EP44: What a Japanese Living Room is Like

Since everyone showed us what they’re living rooms were like, we’re now going to show you what our Japanese living room is like. We looked at a lot of new homes before we bought this one, and this is quite a large living room / dining room / kitchen floor plan. It’s 十八畳 (18 tatami mats) big, which is roughly 30 m² (323 ft²). I’d say the average that we’ve seen is more around 15 tatami mats, which is roughly 25 m² (269 ft²). Keep in mind, this is for the LDK area (which stands for living room, dining room,…