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Thinking of Moving to Japan? Here’s What to Expect

Studying Japanese in Japan is one of the best ways to learn the language, but there’s a lot to bear in mind when you move to the country!

If you’ve never lived in Japan before, you’ll discover that many everyday activities and practices that you might take for granted are looked at very differently. So read on to get a little taster of what to expect!

Hi-tech vs low tech?

Japan has a reputation as a global leader when it comes to technology – but don’t expect everything around you to be completely automated. The image of Japan as a country with lightening fast bullet trains, robotic toilets and computer generated pop stars is just one side of the country.

If you visit Japan to learn the language, you’ll soon discover that traditional methods of doings things are still considered very important. For example, many stores do not use credit card – so remember to carry cash. And while you might be used to emailing assignments and documents online, here you’ll be expected to provide traditional paper documentation wherever you go.

Step out of the bubble

It’s very easy to fall into the “Gaijin bubble” when you stay in Japan. Despite all the local culture around you, you can easily retreat into a familiar world, with familiar food, other English speakers and the same TV you’d be watching back at home.

But do you really want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime? Make the most of it and embrace all of the strange, unfamiliar and surprising parts of Japanese life! It’ll help you learn the language much more easily, and you’ll be glad you took the chance.

How to be the perfect guest

Wherever you go in the world, social etiquette is of the utmost importance. But every country has its own set of manners, and Japan is no different!

Being the perfect guest in Japan is not the same as in the West.

For instance, be prepared to take your shoes off inside, always eat whatever you are given, and leave the short-shorts and vest tops at home! Japanese society is more modest and reserved, so it is important to be considerate to those around you.