In Japan’s megacities, there are expatriates aplenty. This will, of course, hardly be news to the readers of this blog – some of you have decided to go on the great adventure that is life in Japan yourself. But oftentimes, you might just be looking for a good opportunity and a nice setting in which foreigners in Japan can meet other foreigners. After all, meeting others with similar experiences and in situations similar to yours can be an invaluable source of support while abroad.
Unprepared Westeners in particular often have a hard time acclimating to their new surroundings and feel the full force of culture shock upon relocating to Japan. While the Internet is one of the most important sources of information we have today, face-to-face encounters with knowledgeable expats often prove to be most fruitful. Not only will they often be more than happy to help you with whatever question you might have in mind (themselves having been in the same situations before), but might even turn out to become some of your dearest friends abroad. Immersing yourself in the culture of your new home is vital – so is having a network of like-minded expats!