Your new local habits in Japan

Hello everyone,

Living in Japan is a great way to immerse in a new culture and lifestyle.

Have you embraced local customs since you've lived in Japan? If so, which one(s)?

Did local customs change the way you see things, appreciate life or organize your daily routines? As far as the language is concerned, did you learn new expressions or words and do you use them?

What do you like most about the lifestyle in your host country? Are there any local specificities you are still struggling with?

Thanks in advance,


I've been here a few years now so my habits aren't really new, but they are basically different to the habits I had in England. One main habit, if you can call it a habit, is food. I now basically eat Japanese food including nabe, sushi, noodles etc. Of course, rice has taken the place of potatoes. Bowing, nodding to neigbours and saying hello is somewhat different to back home. Not worrying, caring about keeping my money safe is another difference. It's safer here. Always been treated with respect in stores is somewhat different to back home. Service is nearly perfect. Ah, not wearing shoes in the house. Taking a shower, bath more often. That's all for now. I am sure there are more differences.


I have a couple of questions, do the Japanese speak English? and what kind of jobs there are in japan?

Thanks in advance

From my experience, not so many Japanese speak English. The younger generation tend to speak better English but not all that well, and the best speaking are the ones who have lived or studied overseas, especially in the USA which is a very small percentage.

Jobs? Well they have all the similar jobs that you have back in your own country plus their are many jobs for those in the music industry, automotive industry and technology industry. But unless you have something to offer in terms of experience then it is not easy to find a job.

Then there is English teaching and Japan employs a lot of Americans in that sector.

I have friends in Tokyo who speak English very well! I think the new generation wants to learn English to be able to interact with many foreigners. What do you think ?

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