South Africa vs Japan: Which is Safer?

"Is South Africa safe?" This is the first question that I usually get asked in Japan whenever I tell someone that I'm from that Southern African country. This is because of the bad rep that South Africa has gotten over the years of being completely crime ridden. Now, some expats may tell you that this …

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The Midnight Snack Booth: KitKats

Kit Kats are popular all over the world, including South Africa, however, only in Japan can you find almost every single flavour of Kit Kat. From regular, to dark, to strawberry, to cheesecake, to matcha, you can seriously get any flavour you like. Of course, just like the Baby Star Ramen, you may have to …

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Springbok VS Blossoms: Being an Expat after an Historic ‘Rugby Football Game’

Today started like any other - I got up and went off to work, not thinking that something significant happened while I was asleep. Now for those of you that know me, you will of course know that I have no real interest in sport. Sure, I'll watch the occasional match of some sport or …

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Flower Fires: Toda-shi, Saitama

One hot and sticky night a few weeks ago, I was calmly making supper when a loud bang caught my attention. Forgetting for a moment that I was not back in South Africa (where gunshots can occasionally be heard), I didn't think anything of it until a second, even louder bang rang throughout the air …

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