Life in Japan

In nine days, it’ll be my tenth anniversary of coming to Japan. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been here that long.

In honour of my anniversary, I’d like to start a weekly Q & A about living in Japan. So, what I’d like you to do is ask me a question (or questions) about life in Japan, and I’ll answer one a week. If you have questions, please ask them in the comments below.

29 thoughts on “Life in Japan”

  1. What’s your favorite part about living in Japan?

    Your least favorite?

    What’s it like to have raised a family there, as a foreigner? (I don’t mean that to be offensive, but I know how the Japanese can be…)

    Would you ever return? Or plan to – with your daughter?

    Where all have you traveled?

  2. What were some of the things that really surprised you when you moved there? What things stood out in your mind that you would never have thought of before your arrival?

  3. I lived in Japan two separate times. First in Tokyo. Second in Kasukabe. Seeing your post just back so many memories. I’m definitely going to check your blog out!

  4. Lived in Japan for two years, in Tokyo. I will be interested to see your answers and thoughts in response to the questions regarding Japan.

  5. I had friends who lived in Japan, and even after years reading Japanese (not the phonetic alphabets but the characters) remained a problem. Have you been able to learn enough to manage well? If not, how does that affect you?

  6. Wow! Thanks for setting this up. Really helpful. I’m planning to visit Japan in October. My trip takes 6 days and I’m on a tight budget (but I won’t leave Jp without ever going to Harry Potter world and Kyoto!!). Any tips?

    1. Harry Potter world is in Osaka, isn’t it? Close to Kyoto. Staying in that region of Japan is actually quite convenient and easy to find things to see. Universal Studios Japan, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji, all in the same area. Wish I could see that area. A JR pass would be useful. Unlimited train rides for a decent price. Also, October should be beautiful. Still quite warm. Just be aware that a typhoon could come.

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