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Big in Japan: 5 errors committed by first time in Japan
One of the main issues that the ex-expatriates in Japan are often asked is simply this: "Why Japan?"
And, truth to say, most of us simply ignore our shoulders and give a sort of banal response: "The food is safe, this is delicious!" Or, according to the temperament of the audience: " women here are beautiful course! "
You get the picture ....
As for me, I have always argued that the real appeal of Japan is simply that it is a very interesting to explore. Even after living here for over five years and spending thousands of hours of jumping on language barriers in the Japanese grammar, I still suffer from a lot of culture shock on a daily basis.
You see, I guess that's really a sense of why Japan is so attractive to foreigners like me. No matter how hard you try to assimilate, there will always be more challenges to overcome, especially if you want to penetrate the heart of one of the most closed societies. In simple terms, life in Japan is anything but boring.
Of course, there are dozens of cultural landmines that must be avoided on a daily basis. And on that note, I present to you today, five errors committed by first time in Japan.
1) There is no word for failure.
Japanese has something of a learning curve (at least). Of course, one thing you'd better find out if you want to survive here is that there is no word for failure. Yes may mean no, maybe more, it means no, but not directly say roughly inform those around you that you have about as well as through a social cattle.
2) Be aware of your shoes.
The Japanese do not take kindly to foreigners who forget to take off their shoes at the entrance of private spaces. Use slippers - which is why they are there - though be aware that no two pairs of shoes are created equal. After all, the Japanese in particular do not take kindly to foreigners who walk through the kitchen toilet slippers.
3) Go easy on the ramen.
I like ramen. You probably love ramen. And yes, ramen in Japan is damned near the food of the gods. But seriously, after eating things three times a day for a week ultimately, your gastrointestinal system will start to hate you. Assuming that you do not find what toilets look like slippers, it can quickly become a serious problem.
4) Learn how to use chopsticks.
In your cheap Chinese restaurant in North America, there are good chances that a fork and knife are always on hand. However, this does not mean that this practice culinary option is readily available in Japan. Although you may not be as clever dinner in the restaurant, you look like a child invaded until you indulge in the art of Zen Master chopsticks.
5) Do not date girls club.
If there is a bit of advice I can give you is to never date club girls. Yes, women in Japan are beautiful, and yes, they tend to be attracted by foreigners. However, keep in mind that the only reason they have a nice smiling face and it does not mean they are all innocent-together. If a girl you meet in a club is fluent in English, is covered in designer labels, and keeps to reach your wallet, avoid! Chances are that it has been around the block a few dozen times, which means that you are just a few minutes to fleeced. Believe me - it is not what you want to understand to meet mother!
Given that the list can go and so forth, feel free to chime with your own words of wisdom for new arrivals to Japan!