Much has been written about the experience of being a Western-looking foreigner in Japan. But what is the situation like for foreigners of Asian backgrounds?
In Japan, you can be divorced without your consent, losing your right to reside in the country and access to your children.
Are Japanese people down for PDA? It depends on a surprising variety of factors!
The only way to find out is to ask a random sampling of travelers on the streets!
How likely are you to be stopped by the police in Japan?
“Westerner in Japan = Fluent English speaker.” Is this axiom really true?
What do Japanese people think of other Japanese people who try to date only foreigners or who insist on speaking English to all foreigners?
YouTube channel Ask Japanese is flipping the script and asking foreigners what they think about the men they see around them. Find out if you agree with their observations!
Here are five awkward, bittersweet moments that’ll make you realise you’ve finally become a seasoned expat…
When a reporter for popular social news site BuzzFeed ate at Ramen Jiro recently, Japan’s netizens had plenty to say about it!
What happens when your “prank” isn’t really a prank, but it is kind of awkward? This might take a while…
In some countries where bicycles are a major means of transportation, such as in China, cyclists enjoy the privilege of having their own lane on the road separate from cars and buses for better road safety. Understandably, cars are not supposed to be driven on these bicycle-only lanes, but there are always a couple of rebels who like to think that rules exist to be broken instead of abided by.
Well, bad luck for this rule-breaking driver spotted driving on a bicycle lane in Beijing, because he got stuck in a face-off with a gutsy foreigner who simply refused to let him have his way!
Moving or traveling to a foreign country, especially one with a culture very different to your own, can be a nerve-wracking as well as exciting experience, especially with a country like China which has a long history of tradition. There’s so much that could go wrong and so many unintentional faux pas to make. Wouldn’t it be handy if someone put together a helpful list of the top ten things someone coming to China should know…? Read on to find out what conversation topics are as awkward as talking about hemorrhoids and why you should never give someone a green hat.
Expats in Japan, you know the feeling: After years of working towards your goal of somehow, someday living in Japan, you finally made it to the land of mochi and Harajuku. But you’re not really living in Japan, no, you’re drowning in it. It wasn’t what you expected it to be (how dare your years of research, whether in school or from anime, deceive you!). And you cry and you curse your naivety for ever thinking you could just pick up and move to such a strange land.
But then one day, you have a clear, identifiable moment when everything seems to come together and you just have to stop and smile to yourself, thinking, “I’m doing it. I’m really doing it.” It’s these little moments that eventually trickle together and without realizing it, you’re walking on water, swapping oyaji-gyagu with the best of them and craving sashimi for dinner. Let’s take a look at what 20 foreigners on Japanese website, Niconico News, identified as a time they really felt like they had gotten the hang of living in Japan.
Women in Japan were feeling a little left out when the charity breast squeeze event came into town this past summer. Sure, some women like to squeeze a boob every now and then, but there was never any naughty public happening created with ladies in mind. That is until now.
For a limited time only, the women of Japan can enjoy sandwiching themselves between two bathrobe-clad foreigners without having to donate a single yenny.
Although Japan is technically a linguistically and culturally homogeneous nation, there is a significant population of foreign residents who add a sprinkle of languages other than Japanese to the mix. When two different worlds collide, the results can be interesting and thanks to the popularity of Twitter in Japan, we all have access to a never-ending supply of cross-cultural anecdotes. The following is just a small handful of posts by Japanese Twitter users about their encounters with foreigners in Japan.