Hi, expats who live in Japan. I really appreciate you chose Japan for the final destination of the immigration.
As the population of Japan is declining we need to bring more people here in Japan.
Me, myself had been living in the state of Massachusetts U.S. for 16 years I know what a tough life you face in the different country. Don’t get me wrong, even though it is challenging, living in Japan experience an entirely new culture, meet interesting people, and expand your horizons. You will get more benefits.
I want to give you some tips to settle down here.
I highly recommend you practice the language. Through the language you will meet new people. When I was in the state as my English got better my life got easier and more laid back. Also, I came not to have to depend on the Japanese community that much.
Learning the local language will help you adjust. You’ll be able to communicate with the people you meet in everyday life, read signs, buy groceries, and function in society. It’s a rewarding feeling. I understand it is not easy but gradually you will manage it. Speaking and listening(verbal) Japanese is not so hard, many expats say that. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most Japanese are nice, they are willing to help you.
Stay with the other expats, too. It sounds contradiction but you still have to keep in touch with your expats community. Expat Facebook groups are a great resource to get recommendations in the area. You can’t eliminate the whole homesickness but at least mitigate some. Believe me, you will eventually deal with the culture shock. You will get a reverse culture shock if you go back to your country. You will be so used to the Japanese way.
Obviously, not everything about your move is going to go as smoothly as you hoped. Perhaps you’re struck with a bout of unexpected homesickness. Stay calm – it’s perfectly normal to run into a few hiccups and bumps along the way. Whatever happens, though, try your best to remain positive. Everything gets easier over time. So focus on the good things (i.e. the culture, food and people) and forget the rest! This is what you chose, your choice is always right.
I really hope you have a great life in Japan. Thanks to the internet you still can experience your culture through you tube or something. Enjoy your life.