Yesterday we encouraged future visitors to Japan to call us to better plan their trip.
Our team are mostly English and Japanese bilinguals that want to solve as many issues as possible for international visitors here.
You can read about why the website started on this page.
We also want to make it easier for internationals to live in Japan
We want to encourage internationals that are working in Japan to share their experiences here.
- You can schedule a call here
The idea came when the founder was in Niseko. An international working in Japan had a small dinner going on with other international friends.
They all were loving the overall experience they were having in this snow town in Hokkaido but were also confused in some of their awkward experiences interacting with Japanese locals.
That became a big incident for me to start a project where we try to better understand the difference of the culture and customs between Japan and the other countries.
Let me first share my first awkward experience when I came back to live in Japan from San Francisco.
My first awkward experience in Japan
When I transferred to a high school in Japan from San Francisco, I remember the first thing that felt awkward to me.
My schoolmates would ask me to go to the bathroom together lol.
We call this “tsureshon.” “tsure” is “go with” and “shon” is a short term for “pee.”
It’s surprising that we actually have a special term for “going peeing together.”
When my friends ask me for a tsureshon, I would go if I do feel I need to last the end of the next class, but wouldn’t if I feel I don’t need to.
But I was surprised on the look on their face when I told them, “I don’t need to, I’ll see you in the next classroom!”
Some will tell me, “Let’s go anyway (even if you don’t need to pee)”
We tend to expect people to be the same in Japan
In Japan, most people go anyway because they are afraid of being different.
We tend to want to think the same way, do the same things, and wear the same clothes.
Luckily I wasn’t bullied during my school period, but I know some friends that have lived abroad and were bullied after they came back to Japan to study.
Just because they can now speak English and is different from the majority.
So the “have to be the same as everyone else” has actually happened throughout my life in Japan, and I still am learning to cope with the difference.
It feels itsy sometimes that we are expected to think and act the same way as everyone else, but I think I do a lot better now to respect it.
Japan ranks 32nd out of 33 countries for the satisfaction of expats
Japan ranked 32nd out of the 33 countries for the overall quality of living as an expat according to a survey by HSBC.
The result of the survey was actually very surprising to us.
Yes, we do know that Japan is sometimes a difficult place to live in but did not imagine that it would rank so much in the bottom.
The first step to the solution is to know what kind of problems are actually happening.
Share with us your experiences working in Japan
Share with us about an incident you encountered, including what you liked, disliked, and most importantly have difficulty coping.
We might be able to solve the gap between what is ideal and the reality.
We also meet individuals that are overall having a great time here, but sometimes cannot understand why Japanese people think or act in certain ways.
We believe we could be the in-betweens that will help you to better understand Japan, and enhance your enjoyment of living here!