Suitcase cover sounded a waste of money to me until I bought my suitcase and scratched it on my first ever flight. To prevent this from happening again I bought a suitcase cover. Little did I know that this cover will undergo a tough crash test a few days later. It happened abroad, I was on a business trip, and a business trip means buying a lot of souvenirs. I took two suitcases with me at that time: the cabin size and the large size. As I was heading to the airport I dropped my large size suitcase from the escalator. There were very few people so the poor thing […]

On February 15th JR announced a release of an IC card that targets foreigners in Japan. This commuter card is dedicated to those who use public transport for a short time period. It’s called “Welcome Suica”, and, apart from its designs that features Japanese sakura, it benefits its users by providing prepaid public transportation services free of deposit. Normally, you pay a 500 yen deposit to have an IC card issued. But in the case of Welcome Suica foreign guests are welcome to take it as a Japanese souvenir. It covers all the areas that are covered by SUICA and PASMO, including buses, trains and underground. The sales start in […]