xPhYSiCsx wrote:Hi guys.
xPhYSiCsx wrote:What can we expect in Japan that may leave us in an unpleasent situation such as: being robbed, getting injured, chaching a disease, just getting late for work and your boss yells at you or people not accepting you because you are not japanese ( From what I heard, japanese people are not very open to foreigners).
Well, trust what zaragui wrote. He has basically more Japan-experience combined than all other participants together. that fucking otaku...
It's probably good that you think about these things, but don't crazy about it until you actually go. And then just go with the flow.
If you want to hear my take (first time Japan, lived abroad before, new to Japanese). It is gonna be fine. This is probably the safest country you can find (right after/next to Canada). I never felt unsafe here. Obviously, if you are the person to cause trouble things can look bleak, but otherwise you are gonna have a blast. Simply follow the rules (e.g., don't carry a small pocket knife). As in most countries, as a foreigner you will be treated less nicely if you are the source of trouble.
A friend forgott her brand new iphone at the train station next to the pasmo charging machine...still there untouched 5 hours later. Name me any other country on earth, where that would be the case... I heard other stories of people forgetting their laptop on the train, and even getting it hand delivered home by someone. Doesn't need to happen, but in Germany that sure as hell wouldn't happen.
Otherwise, only in the sketchy areas in Tokyo you might get in trouble (red light district etc.). No difference here...if you fuck with the bouncer, you might get the shit kicked out of you. Common sense.
The supervisors at the companies treat you normally very kindly and only in rare cases you might get an odd one out (like in every other country).
After all they wanted foreigners here, and they -know- you don't know the customs. Worst case, they will just ignore you.
xPhYSiCsx wrote:Also I would like to hear about culture shocks that you experienced.
Please, open up, I belive that other want to know what should they expect in Japan and how to prepare avoiding unpleasent occasions.
How to avoid unpleasant occasions: Apply common sense. Works wonders.
Concerning culture... certainly a different culture here, but you will be kept so busy in the beginning through school, that you don't have time to get depressed over things. The first few days are a bit rough, when you need to sign up at the city office and still don't speak a word a of Japanese. Some companies help you, some don't. In my case, nobody cared, but we still figured everything out.
And actually, the first two weekend alone, me and friends were always picked up by random Japanese people to join for drinks and talk to us. So yes, some avoid you (because they are shy, not necessarily racist), some are super engaging that its nearly a pain...
If you never lived abroad or by yourself before, it could certainly be a bigger shock than for others.