Cultural Values of Japan

Every culture transmits values to its youth, first in the context of family, and then through the educational process. Living abroad expert Ruthy Kanagy discusses the core values of Japanese culture and the diversity that can be found throughout the country.

Moving to Japan with Children

Author Ruthy Kanagy talks about her experience moving to Japan as a young child and the challenges that children face in a new country. She also shares the perspective of Rhae Washington, a single mom who made the move to Japan with her two-year-old son.

How to Move to Japan with Pets

When deciding to move to Japan, you may want to bring your favorite cat, dog, or other pet with you. Author Ruthy Kanagy goes over the basics of what it takes to move to Japan with pets.

Housing Options in Japan

In Japan, as in New York and San Francisco, space is at a premium in concentrated urban areas. Author Ruthy Kanagy explains the difference between a Japanese apaato (apartment) or manshon (mansion), as well as the styles of housing available in Japan, from traditional to western.

Studying Abroad in Japan

Many universities in the United States have study abroad and exchange programs with universities in Japan that include housing, language studies, and cultural activities for three months to a year. While the options for studying abroad in Japan are too numerous to give a complete list, here are descriptions of several popular programs.

Thinking About Living Abroad in Japan?

The appeal of living in a different country—as opposed to being a tourist—is that you can go beyond fascination with cultural differences and perceived mystique. Author Ruthy Kanagy introduces the reality of what it means to make the move to Japan.

Comparing Japan to the United States

When you first come to Japan, you may observe things that look like cultural contradictions, a clash of East and West. Japan has been blending foreign elements into its culture for several thousand years, yet the country remains unique. With statistics on everything from literacy to life expectancy and obesity to oil consumption, Ruthy Kanagy compares Japan with the United States.

Moon Living Abroad in Japan

Born in Tokyo and raised in Hokkaido, Ruthy Kanagy is an expert on Japanese culture. In Moon Living Abroad in Japan, Kanagy lends her insight on how to navigate the language and culture of Japan, outlining all the information needed in a smart, organized, and straightforward manner. Whether it’s an apartment in Tokyo or a […]