Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Tokyo:
Blogging and twitter played a huge part in helping me connect with the expat community in Japan, especially the black community. It’s small, with six degrees of separation between everyone.
The expat community in Tokyo is strong and vibrant and very easy to connect with at all levels. TAC is the usual starting point but schools, clubs and societies make meeting new people very simple.
Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing! As this was our third international move, I felt very prepared and my familiarity with Japan was of great benefit to me. I was thrilled to come back to Japan because I love it here!
I think everyone experiences culture shock one way or another, and I'm no exception. There are a lot of things Japanese people do that we back in Portugal/Europe don't, and vice-versa. However I think the most important thing is to know how to adapt to the environment you are in, while keeping your own values and ideas.