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New members of the Japan forum, introduce yourself here – 2017

Hi all,

Newbie on the Japan forum? Don’t know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country, or to tell us more on your expat projects in Japan if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

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Hi I'm from Sydney. I have raised 2 bicultural children in Tokyo while I taught English. I got my Masters by distance when they were little at USQ- I recommend that uni!

My hubby and I have a cafe in Nishi Shinjuku- Kashiwagicafe. (It is on the web.) Inside it seats 20 and the outside deck-15 and it can be booked for functions. You can bring your dog on the deck. Inside there's a HO gage model railroad you can play with, and the sound system, designed using vacuum tubes, sounds good. The coffee is great and we serve meals. We often have home made cheesecake. We make meatloaf and at Christmas we serve turkey. Bread and cookies are baked fresh daily. You will be welcome!

I do tai chi (3 dan inChen style) and I've done karate (2 dan ho). I want to do more walking, making stuff ( rather than buying it) and I want to learn to be creative with the computer. I love cooking something new and going out to see a gallery, performance or discover places near or in Tokyo.

Hi there, Julien and HoJo I enjoyed reading your posts which have in turn encouraged me to post. My family and I may be moving to Hiroshima from England for 2-3 years through my husband's job - we haven't agreed to it yet. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment especially at the thought of starting my three children (ages 13, 10 and 7) at a new school and finding a home for a family of 5. Ideally I'd love to move to a house but my husband said it's more likely we'd have to live in an apartment. Would you know of any websites which are helpful for expats to look at for accommodation?
We hope to go on a familiarisation visit over half term in England (13-17th Feb) so in two weeks and this may help us make up our minds about moving or not.
Any advice on how to prepare for an expat move would also be gratefully received. Thank you!

Hello my name is Lesley. My husband and I are moving to Japan this March. We are looking for a home to rent in Kyoto while we are here.
Also I'm interested in opportunities to volunteer helping others learning English as a second language.
Looking forward to connecting to the expat community.

Hello!  My name is Michael.   First, I would like to say how grateful I am for the expat community.  This is a great service and I hope to make some valuable connections here.  My company recently announced plans to expand into Japan and I am very excited for what is about to come.   I may need to relocate to Japan,  at least temporarily.   In anticipation of this transition,  I am looking to connect with people currently residing there or who have previously lived/ worked there to get a lay of the land.   I especially would like to connect with businessmen and women,  entrepreneurs and business owners.   I look forward to this journey in my life!   

Thank you!

Hi Everyone,

I'll be heading to Kyoto in the next few months.  I'm currently living and working for a multinational company in China. I will take a brave leap and spend some time in Japan simply to meet people, experiment with new and interesting things, and experience the country.

I'm originally from San Francisco, CA.  Through the years I've spent a great deal of time working or living in China and East Asia. I finished my Master's at the London School of Economics in 2015.  I'm extremely adventurous and entrepreneurial with a broad range of interests and knowledge including business analysis, international economics, East Asian philosophy and culture, art/architecture, public policy, futurism, investing, comprehensive design, entrepreneurship, and music (yes, odd combination).

I'd love to meet anyone that wants to have interesting conversation, explore beautiful Japanese culture, or anything else really. I'm especially interested in connecting with innovators (of all kinds) and entrepreneurs. It would also be great to connect with the Chinese community here! 我会很想中国 :(

Looking forward to meeting you!


Hi Nick!

You have quite an impressive and interesting background.  I am an entrepreneur with business interests in Japan and a new opportunity. I'm looking for a few sharp people as my company is the leader in a fast growing industry and we are about to be the first to enter Japan.  If you'd like to chat, let me know how best to reach you.  My email is ***


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Hello everyone, I've been in Japan for almost 2 years, currently living in Aomori but will be moving to kyoto in a couple of months.  Looking forward to heading down south, exploring Kansai, and meeting new people.

Hi! My name is Nate and I'm Chilean! I currently live in California but me and my husband are planning on moving to Japan in the next couple of years! We would love some pointers and to meet people that already love there!
I am working towards a fashion major at school!

Hi Guys

The same thing in here, i am looking for an accommodation  around Tokyo, Currently  i am located  in around  Minanisunamachi station, But i am looking a better apartment, So if anyone knows better and good price  then let me know please.  I am also looking much more expat and same as Local people for shearing the life in here.

Looking forward to hearing  you all guys,

Hi my name is Denise , I Live in New York and I'm looking for contacts in Japan 🇯🇵, because I'm part of the business that will be open there very soon . So I looking for people who's interested to earn extra income as part time job. I hope we can talk soon .

Super , I'm looking for contacts in Japan 🇯🇵, so i really interested to talk with you !

Hi my name is denise, what is the name of your company , I hope we no working for the same company.

Hi nick that is interesting, I looking for Japanese contacts or people interested in be part of the new business that will be open in Japan very soon .

I am Sahar, from Iran :cheers: , I am a PhD candidate in Computer science. I will travel to Tokyo from 8th May 2017 and will stay there for 6 months as a research visitor in The university of Tokyo. Still I do not have any room/house for stay  :(  and I am looking for female roommate or a sharing house for reducing my costs!

Hi everyone and welcome on board  :)

@ Sahar, you may drop an advert in the dedicated section of the website here : Shared accommodation in Tokyo.

All the best,

Thank you so much @Bhavna :)

Hello Lesley!
My name is An. I'm from Vietnam. I live in Osaka and currently I'm working for a company in Kyoto. I have been in Japan for 5 years. I really hope to meet you in Kyoto if we have a chance.

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