New members of the Japan forum, introduce yourself here – 2016

Hi Nichole

My name is dhiaz, I am from indonesia. I hope we can become a friend

im nora and im interested in working and living in japan. hope to gather some information regarding the work situation.

Greetings from North Carolina, USA -
My husband and I entered Japan on 1 October 2016, "disoriented in the orient" --- not knowing the language, but having several apps on our iPhones to help avoid total confusion and gaffes. We are here for three months in Higashi-Hiroshima because of his job and I am free to explore to my heart's content.

We have made wonderful friends and have found a church "home" that is most welcoming and helpful.

The first week was rather rough, adapting to time changes and some food. My husband Paul must wear a uniform at work and the temperature is never set below 82*F (@ 28C) during the summer. We are so glad that we were not here during August and September, when it was really hot!! Now that it is beginning to cool off, it is most pleasant and we look forward to seeing leaves changing color in the mountains we can see from our apartment.

We were treated to a great 8-course traditional dinner at a fine Japanese restaurant with a one-star Michelin rating. Even though portions were small, it was altogether very filling, somewhat unusual, and quite delicious. We found that Japanese food did not sicken us, but rather pastries from a French pastry shop near our apartment. Go figure!

Only one thing (so far) is disappointing: most people don't smile. I'm so used to the American way of greeting strangers on the street with smiles and nods, but I'm gaijin here, so very few people will give me more than a sideways glance. I'll keep smiling anyway.....

I am not really new in Japan, but have been here for about 3 years. I am looking to improve my Japanese and learn more about the cultures of the world.

Hello everyone.

This is Anurag, presently residing in Nagoya.
I am on here on a 3 months internship as an Electrical Engineer and would love to meet up with expats living in Aichi prefecture to grab a beer, go hiking or discuss some movies or tech.


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