When Laura Pepper and her husband decided to leave Japan last year, the experience proved just as maddening as it is for every other repatriating expat. Frustrated by the fragmentary and often out-of-date information available online, she created a comprehensive guidebook of her own for other people going through the same process themselves.
"The Stress-Free Guide to Leaving Japan" is a 75-page e-book that covers everything from tax procedures and "sodai gomi" (large-size items to be disposed of) to coping with reverse culture shock. The information is arranged in checklists that gradually count down to your departure date, and supplemented with Japanese text and web links. If parting is such sweet sorrow, it just got a little sweeter.
500 yen. Available via http://sayonarajapan.com© Metropolis magazine (www.metropolis.co.jp)