culture shock

How to Avoid Culture Shock While Living in Japan

Culture shock is an inevitable topic amongst expats in Japan. Inevitable social misinputs and missed social cues can wear anyone down. After the novelty of being surrounded by the Japanese language wears off, some people find themselves socially isolated and functionally limited because of their lack of Japanese ability. Having to go through an awkward…

Visiting Japan Soon? Here are 4 Unique Aspects of the Country to Keep in Mind

For a foreign tourist arriving in Japan, it can be quite a culture shock at first. Western tourists, in particular, may find they must adapt quite a lot to the local lifestyle. Many of the unique customs of Japan are very well known across the world, and no doubt the prepared tourist will know a…

The 3 Stages of Japanese Culture Shock!

Stage One: Excitement! When you first arrive in Japan, everything is new, interesting and exciting! The trains are on time! The convenience stores are open 24/7! I can learn Japanese every day! You will have so many amazing thoughts running through your head the whole time. Enjoy it! This is the time to get to…