Five things you should know before coming to Japan

posted on October 17, 2015

According to statistic, anywhere from one to two million people visit Japan per month, and more foreigners are working and living here than ever before.

That's a lot of people hopping a plane over, and especially if yours is a one-way flight, preparing yourself mentally before you arrive in Japan is just as important as the physical things you pack with you in your suitcase.

Think you've done all your research when it comes to the Land of the Rising Sun? Check out this video on five things you should know before making the big move.

Rachel and Sharla are no newbies to Japan. Both of them have about five years each of experience with the country and language under their belts. After getting through the initial culture shock and finding ways to lead productive and happy lives here, they've got a new video for you about things they wish someone had told them before settling down.

1. Learn basic everyday phrases

One nice thing about the Japanese language is that many situations have set responses. When you meet someone for the first time or ask a favor you'll usually say, "Yoroshiku onegai shimasu," or when leaving work before everyone else it's a good idea to excuse yourself by saying, "Osaki ni shitsurei shimasu." But for those without a good handle on these phrases, they can be somewhat troublesome, like when Sharla told us she used to mistakenly parrot back the customer greeting of "Irasshaimase!" ("Welcome!") after stepping into a store. A good command of basic everyday phrases before you arrive in Japan will help you out tremendously, even if you're only a beginner.

2. Prepare yourself for summers in Japan

While Japan doesn't get quite as hot and humid as other tropical countries like Vietnam and Singapore, the heat can still be very intense and off-putting.

3. Stock up on daily necessities and clothing items before you come

4. Accept that Japanese society might be less accommodating than what you're used to back home

5. Using a IC card for public transportation

source by newsonjapan
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