Any Canadian who has the opportunity to live in Japan, whether for a day or for a year, has a great life experience in front of them. While there are some elements of Japanese life that are similar to North American life, the culture and lifestyle is so different and fascinating that any foreigner would enjoy a visit in the country. Anyone looking for tips for relocating to Japan should know about the nation’s layout.
With five times as many people as there are in Canada crammed into a space about a third the size of British Columbia, Japan is simply filled to the brim with people. If you are claustrophobic, you may want to find a more secluded town than the staggering metropolises like Tokyo and Kyoto, since you will be hard-pressed to get any personal space in these sprawling cities.
The majority of people in Japan live along the coastline, since the mountains limit arable land, and most Japanese are within are mile or two of the ocean. The crowds may be unfamiliar to Canadians, but Japan handles them well, with mass transit that has fewer snares and tangles than Canadian transportation. It may be odd, however, to feel the “pushers” hired to squeeze everyone into the subway system for the first time.
The average Japanese worker spends about fifty hours of the week at their place of employment, compared with about thirty-five for Canadians. Work is considered a way of life, with your success defining who you are in Japan rather than vice-versa. This means that you can expect late hours if you choose to work in Japan, since it is not atypical for the breadwinner of the house to work twelve-hour days every day each week. Japan’s economy is strong but has had a few hiccups in recent years. A migrant may have some difficulties in finding work, but educated and skilled migrants will have a better placement rate.
English is a course for all schoolchildren in Japan and most people have some command of the language, so it may not be necessary to learn Japanese. This language, furthermore, is very difficult to learn and can take years to become fluent. If you expect to be in Japan for the long run, it may be beneficial to start learning the language. If not, however, it may just be an unnecessary headache.