A friend of mine residing in Japan with his family has a new website called "Tales From Japan". It's a pretty interesting take on living the American Dream ... in Japan. You get interesting insight on how it's like living in the land of the rising sun (food - delicious, commuting - crowded but manageable, day-to-day activities, like shopping or going to the bank or ... you know, buying a home - archaic, frazzled, yet satisfyingly fulfilling enough to make you want to start drinking) as well as good travel tips on where to go and what to see. All in all, a good read.
Make sure to click on one of the advertisements on his website so that he can finance his daughter's college fund.