The largest city in the world holds countless opportunities for each person who lives in it. If you have the chance to relocate to Tokyo, you are in for an experience that could very well be one of the greatest of your life. There are a few things to know, before you leave for the shores of Japan.
Japan’s economy has not closely followed the economies of many other nations in the world. Although neighboring China has seen an economic explosion in the past decade, that wave has largely passed Tokyo and Japan by. Anyone thinking about relocation to Tokyo is recommended to have a job lined up before they depart, because it is more difficult to find employment once you arrive than if you are able to arrange for a job as soon as you hit the ground running. Tokyo, by and large, has had better fortune than the smaller cities in and around Japan, making it more likely for a skilled person or graduating student to be able to get a career trajectory once they touch down in the capital city.
When one thinks about Tokyo and cuisine, the tendency is to automatically think about sushi. While there is world-class sushi available in the capital of Japan, it is far from the only fare that the Japanese indulge in — in fact, only about fifty years ago sushi was sold at food trucks like corndogs. The vast majority of calories in the Japanese diet come from seafood and rice, but this is a broader selection of meals than one might think. Seafood is more than fish: it encompasses everything from whale meat (legal to buy and prepare in Japan) to the deep-sea king crabs that are eight feet long. Be prepared to taste soy in nearly everything, since it is used in abundance like garlic in Italian cuisine.
Since Japan is 99% ethnic Japanese in demographics, it is quite rare to see a foreigner walking down the street if you go out on anything but the largest city lanes. As a result, many Japanese persons have a very antagonistic relationship with foreigners, becoming frustrated when a person cannot speak Japanese. It is not uncommon to see signs in stores that declare that foreigners are not welcome. If you can speak any Japanese, however, you will find that many people will be impressed that an outsider has learned their language.
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