New members of the Japan forum, introduce yourselves here - 2018

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!

Hey there everyone,Konichiwa !! ^_^

     I'm Claudiu but everyone calls me Claude.
     I'm from Romania, 23 years old, been living in London the past 4 years and just moved to Nagoya 4 months ago with my wife. To be honest i've been busy traveling Japan, enjoying the beauty and culture of this country since this was my childhood dream and what i can say is that Japan is THE BEST; until i realised that i didn't made any friends yet.. :))
    At the moment I just started learning japanese by myself, looking for friends and a job so i decided to approach the online way as i noticed that people are a bit shy those days having a direct conversation hahaha.

    I hope this forum is still active ^^ so if you there lets be friends \o/ 
You can add and feel free to text me on Facebook or Line : **

                                                     Have a very nice day!!

Hi Everybody! My name is Maria. I`m from Manila, Philippines. I`m a Nikkeijin (Japanese descendant). I have been living in Japan for almlst 8years. I think basic Japanese is important for daily living. With regards to work, I recommend or hello work for foreigners.  Good luck 😊

hello everybody I am Quentin 30 years old married, and french i speak English french and Japanese.
I moving in sendai the last year and I want to trying to meet another peoples who living her nice to meet you  :)

hello, i'm vicky still struggle i really wanna live in japan but still have no chance.
but i still love japan so much :D

Hi everyone! I'm from Manila, Philippines. I work with Robinsons Land corp. I handle residential properties in the Philippines. Hit me up if you're interested! Hope I can help you! Thanks! ;)

I am yoga teacher this is the first week I stay Yokohama. Hope see all of them soon!

Hi! I'm Amanda.

I am 38-years-old, and my husband and I are planning to move to Japan next year.  I am hoping to go over on the JET program as I will have my teaching license by December, but I am already teaching first grade as a lateral entry teacher.  I've been to Japan before on a government youth program as well as a government language program and speak intermediate level Japanese.  It felt like I had gone home, and I love it there, so I am hoping I can get JET or find a good job.  My only real snag is the old dog and cat I have to bring with me--I'm worried about finding a place to live that will accept them.  Also, money is an issue--getting enough for reikin and such.  Those are my concerns.

Nice to meet everyone!  I hope to learn a lot from you, and I am happy to be part of the community.  Thank you!

Hi Julien and All Japanese Expats

Just a brief comments on what are your thoughts on visiting Hiroshima. I come from the Arts as Painter and Graphic Designer.

Could someone inform me about where to visit the Arts precinct in Hiroshima. I have only been briefly to Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo in the past but would like to visit some Art Galleries in Hiroshima.

I am also a Coffee, Tea, and Food enthusiast so would you let me know whats a cool Cafe or Food precinct in Hiroshima, would also like some information on Kyoto as well.

There will be a world conference in Hiroshima so I will be meeting some of my Australian friends and colleagues in Hiroshima so it would quite a fun experience.

Would anyone know where to join in some Food Lessons in Japanese cookery, would be really cool to learn how to cook Japanese food.

Looking forward to hearing from you guys

Sydney Australia

hello everyone! i'm from indonesia.studying economic in kanagawa ken.I Hope see all of them soon!

Hey hey,

My name is Kristel and I am moving to Tokyo in July. I'm from Canada, but have lived in 5 countries. I'm excited to travel through the country.  I'm working on my Japanese language skills, though it's going slow.

I'm hoping to find some travel buddies, and maybe some scuba dive buddies. And I'm totally interested in finding some great live music spots. And maybe even some musicians to jam with (I'm a music teacher).

Great to meet y'all.


I am Thomas, from the UK, spent time working in the US, London and now in Japan. Based in Tokyo, working as a Quantity Surveyor, moved here with my partner Cassie.

Would love to meet like minded traveling individuals for socialising and meeting.

Keen on pretty much all sports both playing and watching, and generally exploring.

We are interesting in joining communities with events to further expand out socialising network.



I'm Yinka, 37 currently living in Hong Kong but moving to Tokyo in June. I'm British from London, married my husband is French. I enjoy travelling, long walks, museums and movies. Looking to make friends with like minded people which will help with settling into my new home!

Hope to hear from you!

Brian Woods, an expat working in Saudi Arabia but looking to live in Fukuoka in approximately two years.  I am very interested in the job market for technical trainers, system administrators, and network administrators.   

I am also very interested in places to go in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and all areas south of Tokyo.  I am not terribly interested in the nightlife unless it is very unique but more interested in learning more about the Japanese culture.  I do enjoy good conversation and listening to stories with historical/mythical/folk content.

Hi there!

I am Jess, a 25 year old Aussie who lives in Higashi-Osaka with my husband! We moved here for his job in 2016 and I work for myself as a marketing consultant. Because my days are spent working from home I don't get to meet new people a lot and I'd love to make some new friends!

My interests are eating, drinking, exploring and having a laugh so if anyone wants to catch up for a drink or two with me or my husband and I, I'd love it.

Hi There!

I am Max and I am from Italy but I lived the last 5 years in Australia. I am moving in less than a month to Hiroshima with my Japanese partner. I joined expat forum to find some useful information about Hiroshima lifestyle and day to day opportunity.

It is always interesting read about expat stories.


Hello there,

I am Konami and just moved to Tokyo from France. I lived, among others, in Paris, Montreal, Berlin. I would love to meet new people here and share some beers. I am currently looking for a flat and a job and hope I would be able to give some advice later!
Until then, feel free to message me if you want to explore Tokyo.

Hi Everyone,
Just moved to Osaka 15 Days ago.
I am a 29 years old Indian. I would want to meet new people here since I don't know anyone yet.

Hi there,
my name is Simone, I am from Germany and  currently planning to move to Tokyo with my partner and two kids (3 years and 6 months old). We would move due to a job opportunity for my partner and I am searching for friends and advice from expats who know what it takes to move to Japan with kids.
I am looking forward to getting to know a beautiful new country and meet new friends!

Hello All!

My name is Simon. Early 30s, in Philadelphia, USA. I studied Japanese in college and was lucky enough to spend a summer there, again studying. For various reasons, I'm finally looking at moving back, this time for an indeterminate time period. We'll see what happens. Japan is an attractive destination for me because I already speak the language, and it's fun to be in such a different culture. At the same time, I'm looking at some tamer ideas like Germany. I'm currently trying to figure out what job opportunities might exist for me there.

I look forward to talking more with all of you! :)


Hello, I'm Kavita from India. I'm new to Japan. Now leaving in Shinjuku for business purpose.

Hi guys! My name is Fabrizio and I am from Italy. It has been around 3 years since I moved to Tokyo. I am currently living and working here. Nice meeting you all!

Hi All,

Im Chi, 26 from PH. I'm planning to study in Kyoto Japan next year. Hoping that I can get a student visa soon. Just wanna know the possible jobs in Japan for an HR Professional like me after studying the language.

Thank you all :)

Hello everyone! i moved to Narita city this april and i would like to make new friends. i lived in Kyoto almost 6 years prior moving here. i love traveling, scuba diving and almost all outdoor activities. 

Hope to get to know you all,

Hi I'm GRIZZ. A final year student studying mechanical engineering. I intend to apply for any engineering job in Japan immediately after studies. I need help and info from anyone that can help a young man actualise his dreams

Hello all,
I'm Pradeep from India & I'm planning to relocate to Yokohama along with my family. So just wanted to know about the rentals and monthly expenses.


I'm Jen, 32, from the Philippines and would very much like to move to Hokkaido and get a job there.
I'm an experienced marketing, PR and corporate communications professional and I would like to share my expertise to the companies in Japan.

I'm on the lookout for a job that will hone my skills as well as learn new tricks of the trade, though I would require sponsorship for my visa.
Any leads would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Hi everyone,

   I'm Thivanka, im a businessman from Sri Lanka and I'm looking for a food service industry importer and distributor who is experienced in the Japanese market place, especially health food supermarkets and stores. We have an exciting range of 100% organic certified healthy, nutritious and tasty products which are of the highest standards, adhering to stringent Japanese standards as well. Please contact me if any of you would be interested in working together with me or can guide me to the right channels, thanks in advance!

Hello there.

I'm Edwin. I currently living in Tokyo having lived in Colombia for the last three years. I live here with my wife and two children. I work at an international school. Yoroshiku.

Hi all,

My name is Karl - moved here from the UK in January. I live in a countrified part of Chiba prefecture with my family, and hope to meet some people. I speak a little Japanese, so as you can imagine, it's difficult to meet people! I need to socialise more :P

I'm an out-of-work game developer, but conversely I'm also into fitness. I miss going for an odd pint or two down the pub on a summery afternoon, and even though there are not many pubs in the British sense of the word here, I would love to do something similar if anyone is interested!

I love Japan, but I am lacking a bit in the social sense.

My name's Rich, I'm 27 and from the UK.
I'm a Freelance Concept Artist working in the video game industry.
I moved to Fukuoka to study Japanese part time and working the rest.
My goal is to work in the Japanese Game Industry.
Hoping to make some friends on here maybe some professionals who'd like to connect, sight-see and exchange practice in Japanese. 😁



I am Claire from Paris.

I am going to Tokyo in November for few days.

I would be glad to visit the city and to know better the japanese culture.

See you soon

Hi everyone,

My name is Oceane, I am French and just recently moved to Yokohama with my husband. I am looking to meet new people and start discovering beautiful Japan.

Hope to meet some expats in Yokohama.

Talk to you soon.


I'm Merceline from Kenya and I'm planning to visit Tokyo next year from May to July. Hopefully after the visit I will move to Tokyo. I love Asia and I'm into all sorts of arts and music so I'm excited!

hi to all....

We are a British/ Thai couple currently in residing in Bali.

Been involved for many years in the hospitality sectors in both Bali and Thailand.

Looking to communicate with people in Hokkaido to gain more information about the island. We are looking at new business/investment opportunities there, and would highly appreciate any input from anyone residing there.

We will be travelling to Hokkaido on 19 Nov 18 and staying for two weeks. Would really like to meet up with people while we are there.

Look forward to the replies.

Best regards
Del & Katey


I'm Stephanie from the US. I'm moving to Yokohama very soon and am super excited. I'd be delighted to make some expat friends once I get adjusted to the time difference.

Minasan Konichiwa.

I'm Larry, from Cameroon. Have been in Japan since 2017. I'm a teacher. I work in Fukuoka and it's nice to be here.

I travel a lot, I've worked in Cameroon, Thailand, Japan and now I'm considering moving to the Gulf Countries.
I hope there are people on this forum? Let's be friends.
I can speak...French, Thai and Japanese.
Let's be friends.

Best Regards.

Hi there, I'm Arvin from Indonesia

I live in Jakarta and now searching for job in Japan. I'm able to work in Administration, Procurement manager (or Bid Management), Audiovisual (Animation, Editing, Editor, Graphic Design, Motion graphic, etc).

For more info, please visit  <span class="reintegratelink">[link under review]</span>

Thank you


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Hi I'm Tariq

I moved from London where I had been living all my life, to Tokyo 6 months ago, I am working here as a data scientist for Rakuten.


Hi everyone ! Its is my pleasure to be here.

My name is Hermann and I'm a french aeronautical engineering student. I'm graduating at the end of the year and I'm planning on moving to Japan; my dearest ambition which I've prepared for over 5 years.

I'm learning Japanese and hope to be able to make this project come true soon enough. However, I'm pretty sure that I have little knowledge on what it really is like to live and work in Japan.

As a student engineer, I don't even know if I can find a job in Tokyo ! Is there anyone here that has had a similar experience or have some tips of their experience. I would be overjoyed to hear everything about your experience and advice.

If I can help you in anyway as well, please be free to reply to me. In hoping to talk to some of you soon,

Bye :)

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