January 07, 2009
Now that you're settled you'll soon come to realize that picking up an English book or magazine isn't quite as easy nor as cheap as you've once thought. One alternative to keep your mind occupied (thus sane) is to become a subscriber to one of Japan's newspapers. Even though you may not be interested in the headlines, job classifieds can be plentiful. One thing that we would like to point out is that Japanese newspapers are quite pricey, but if it keeps you happy isn't that what counts? Below is a list of Japanese Newspapers on-line.
The major cities have one or more English-language magazines to keep you up to date on events, eating out, movies and so on. Some are even avaialable for free. Tokyo's long-standing leader is Metropolis (formerly Tokyo Classified) which you can pick up at restaurants and bars around town.
Foreign English-language magazines, such as Time and Newsweek, are available at major bookstores such as Kinokuniya and Maruzen. But if you don't want to traipse there every week or month or just want to save some money, subscription is the way to go. ELT News readers can get a special discount on subscriptions to Time magazine, for example. See here for details.