It Ain’t Easy

“It’s not easy living in Japan as a foreigner. If you can’t speak Japanese then your options can be limited. You may find it hard to rent an apartment. If you’re not a native English speaker then you’re instantly not eligible to apply for the bulk of jobs readily available to foreigners, which is English teaching. That’s why I started blogging about Japan. I wanted to help fellow foreigners better navigate the culture. There are a lot of people who want to travel to or even live in Japan. But they’re not sure what to expect and then there’s the language barrier. I’m from Germany. I’ve been studying Japanese for over 10 years now. I first got interested in Japan when I was in middle school, when my parents gave me my first Sailor Moon manga (comic book). Years later, I joined an academic exchange program that would change my life forever. So now I want to help others. The way of thinking here is so unique. And foreign people tend to behave very differently from locals in public places. Like they talk a lot and out loud, for example. Sometimes this gap, this difference in behavior, makes Japanese people afraid to approach foreigners and vice versa. But despite all these challenges, I think it’s never boring in Japan. You always learn something new. That’s why I enjoy being here.”

(Click HERE to watch Morgain’s YouTube videos)

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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in the background

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