Moving to Japan

  • OJ89

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    Jan 11, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
    Hey guys.

    In just over a month, I'm moving to Tokyo Japan.
    I've read some previous Japan topics on here but they're all a little outdated.
    Just wondered if anyone had any advice for a first time mover to Japan.

    Many thanks!

    Jonny.
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    Jan 12, 2015 2:46 PM GMT
    there used to be a forum attached to the blog but all thats left is the blog:
    http://www.japantoday.com/
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    Jan 12, 2015 2:59 PM GMT
    Be sure and remove the "NO ASIANS" from your online dating profiles. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 13, 2015 12:58 AM GMT
    Have fun, but remember that "Respect" is everything in the Japanese culture. So I would suggest to brush up on their common etiquette practices--like when going out to eat (its considered impolite to leave a tip sometimes), visiting another persons home (shoes off before entering their house-usually), work environment, to even bathing (private and public).

    Oh, and also make sure to know where your native embassy is...just in case like "Dire Emergency" type situations.

    Anywhoos, Hope you Enjoy your stay icon_biggrin.gif
  • GingerOH

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    Jan 13, 2015 2:01 AM GMT
    Japan is amazing! I was there for over a month and enjoyed every minute of it. Tokyo is very walkable and you can get almost anywhere with transit. The people are incredibly friendly. Just brush up on some Japanese and learn some of the local customs (like bowing instead of handshakes, not tipping at restaurants, etc). If they notice you making an effort to respect their culture they will respect you and help you while you adjust. Good luck! You'll love it there. icon_smile.gif
  • dragonbunny

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    Jan 13, 2015 1:16 PM GMT
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  • Montague

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    Jan 13, 2015 3:06 PM GMT
    Make sure you attempt to learn the language or key phrases!
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    Jan 13, 2015 9:33 PM GMT
    Make sure your back is in good shape; lots of bowing.
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    Jan 14, 2015 10:59 AM GMT
    Make sure you know culture and customs etiquette; it is highly essential. Other than that, you should be fine. Have fun in Japan!
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    Jan 14, 2015 1:50 PM GMT
    dragonbunny saidlong underwear

    Why long underwear?
  • OJ89

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    Jan 15, 2015 1:06 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies everyone!
    Yeah, I'm reading a lot on customs, culture and etiquette.

    So excited!
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    Jan 22, 2015 5:20 AM GMT
    筋肉触らせてくれませんか。

    A nice phrase to help out with the boys icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 22, 2015 6:46 AM GMT
    Do they still do the business card thing? If so, print up some with your manhunt and grindr on the back icon_razz.gif
  • wesv

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    Jan 22, 2015 12:46 PM GMT
    I used to chat with an airman stationed in Japan through WhatsApp. He would go on transit to almost anywhere (i.e. from Tokyo to Nagasaki). And indeed, much like you see on TV, the Japanese really do make a lot of unnecessary sound effects.