I used a company provided transport to bring my Cat into Japan. They took care of all of the documentation I just had to provide a record of the all of the animals health care and that it had been thoroughly checked by a vet within a week of departure.Can anyone recommend a good animal transport company to organise taking our animals with us next year? Also anyone know if you can ship dogs, cats and rabbits into Japan?
Many cheaper apartments don't have tatami at all. The *really* cheap ones, of course, are all tatami (I'm thinking the typical "gaijin house" here) but one or two room apartments in relatively modern buildings usually have a hard floor and you don't get tatami until you're in the 3/4LDK size range.
And I'm no price watcher but ground meat is readily available here for, IIRC, between 200 and 300 yen per kilo, depending on the grade. If your cats are content with less than kobe-beef quality, there are plenty of small meat shops that might even grind up something of a lower grade to save money.
In my experience, that's a common myth about Japan. It's probably true that, when compared to the American Midwest, meat is less of a component of the average Japanese diet than fish or other seafood. But just about every supermarket I've been in has a reasonably well-stocked meat section that's usually at least half the size of the area for seafood. And that's to be expected, since there's a lot more ocean around Japan than land within it. But if it's meat you like, you can certainly find it here fairly easily.... knowing that the Japanese really don't eat much meat ...