Yōkoso to InterNations! Sendai is situated in the northeast of Japan, on the main Japanese island of Honshu. It is known as “The City of Trees”, which is a fair title and is best understood by visiting areas such as Sakunami in spring or fall. The stunning array of cherry blossoms in the spring and the vibrant autumnal colors in the fall are sights that no expat in Sendai should miss. Sendai is best known abroad as being the place that was worst hit by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake: a sad fact, which will never be forgotten. Expats living in Sendai may feel unsure as to the correct procedure for natural disasters, especially if they are not fluent in Japanese. Japan is an extremely polite and accepting country but it can be difficult to understand the customs if you are relocating from abroad. InterNations provides a platform for expatriates to connect with one another, enabling expats living in Sendai, Japan, and across the world to socialize, network, and share information with fellow expatriates. This is particularly invaluable in a predominately Japanese-speaking country for any expat struggling to get over the language barrier.
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Relocating to a new country can be daunting, especially if the culture of the country you are moving to is extremely different from your own. Japanese culture is renowned for being beautiful and delicate, which can be seen in Sendai at the large Tanabata festival and by visiting Sendai castle, but it is also known to have many customs that are difficult for expats to grasp. The InterNations Expat Magazine provides a lot of useful and practical advice regarding issues often encountered by expatriates moving abroad. For more specific information on life in Sendai, however, InterNations gives expats the opportunity to get in touch with other global minds and exchange information and tips on living in Japan. Although expats are harder to find in Sendai than in some of the larger Japanese cities, they do exist and InterNations provides you with a way of seeking them out. Sendai is also extremely well connected to the rest of Japan: you can travel to Tokyo by rail, road or in the air so you’ll never be stuck for things to do.
Although the Japanese work place is generally homogeneous, a lot of expats move to Japan in order to experience a new culture and are able to find work. If you are planning on moving to Sendai but don’t have a job lined up, building a network of global-minded expatriates would create an invaluable resource to help you with your search. Through InterNations, you are able to connect and communicate with expats in Sendai that may be able to assist you in your quest for work. If you are an expatriate already working in Sendai, you may be able to seek out other like-minded individuals to socialize with or swap information based on experience. Especially western expatriates may find Japanese customs in the workplace extremely difficult to understand and not be what they are used to from their home country. Due to this, it’s worth consulting experienced expats to see if there are any behaviors that you should avoid: especially if you are heading to your first Japanese job interview.