Well it’s official, I’ve now been living in Japan for one year now. My visa was renewed for three years, so I’ll probably be here for a while longer. Anyways I thought I would list some pros and cons I’ve discovered during my stay so far.
- Work is good and much easier than my old job in Canada
- Sendai is a nice city
- Hardly any snow in the winter
- Lot’s of cool trinkets and stuff to buy
- Living in the countryside in Kakuda is kind of nice
- Fast Internet
- Barely any traffic on the roads
- Fast food is great (except no Mexican, or submarine sandwiches)
- Small “Kei” cars are awesome
- No tipping at restaurants or anywhere for that matter
- Japan is missing a lot of different international foods (ie. Greek, Lebanese, Sri Lankan, any Middle Eastern food)
- Language barrier can be difficult sometimes when I’m on my own
- Getting stared at all of the time by old people and children because I look different
- People are polite, but not nice a lot of the time
- No debit machines at stores, having to have cash all of time is a bit troublesome
- Lots of old fashion silly nonsensical social rules
- Many ethnic foods are made to the Japanese taste thus making them not nearly as good
- Houses are cold and drafty in the winter (no central heating)
- Bacon is not as good!!!
So there you go. Those are my thoughts after one year. I’m still adapting, but I’ve gotten comfortable over the last year. It’s starting to feel a bit like home.