A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.


It’s really cooled down over the past few days here in Tsukuba. I have had to use my heater quite often already, and last night I used my electric heating blanket for the first time this year. After living in Japan for so many years, I generally don’t have many complaints about my life here, but there are two things that I have never quite come to terms with: the lack of central heating, and the fact that ATMs close at night.

I am not in the mood to get into a rage about the ATMs right now, but I think it is time for my yearly rant about heating. Why, oh why is there no insulation in my apartment building? Why are the glass doors that lead to my veranda not double-glazed or whatever they should be to keep the draft out? And why doesn’t someone invent a cheap, efficient, and environmentally friendly way to heat homes??? Why do I have to freeze my bottom off every morning as I wait for my all-but-useless heater (I’m not allowed to use a kerosene heater in my apartment — and that’s fine because they stink too much anyway) to get the room up to a comfortable temperature? And, of course, it only reaches that temperature just as I am about to leave (if it does at all).

Please, please, please someone out there do something so I don’t have to freeze from November to March every year!


  • angeline says:

    The ATMs in the convenient stores (7-eleven) offers 24 hours services to anyone who wants to withdraw money after normal ATM hours. Some banks offer free withdrawal services from these ATMs in convenient stores. Unfortunately Joyo charges 210yen for each withdrawal.

  • Shaney says:

    The ATMs in convenience stores are on all the time, but not every bank lets you get your money out at all times.

    Here are the operating hours for ATMs in 7-11 for Joyo Bank customers.

    Withdrawals: 7am to 11pm on weekdays, 9am to 9pm on weekends

    Deposits: 7am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 7pm on weekends

    (Source: http://www.joyobank.co.jp/tempo/seven.html)