A Brit Living in #Japan

Culture Shock

Living in Japan – Culture Shock
by Abroad in Japan

Doesn’t speak Japanese.

Stages of culture shock.

Initial euphoria
Irritation and hostiility
Gradual adjustment

He says he feels like he is in a huge theme park. He finds he is being driven to learn Japanese.
Vending machines are everywhere, and in the middle nowhere. The non-existance of crime make this possible.
Convenience stores are everywhere. You can buy airline tickets there or pay or your bills.
Hanko Stamp is your own personal stamp that you use to stamp the many documents you get each day.
Hi living quarters include a kitchen that’s too small (he says) to use. So he eats out a lot. This causes him to get out and walk, and this helps his fitness.
He takes us through a restaurant that delivers your meals on a conveyer belt.

 

Delayed #CultureShock

Culture Shock Can Come Later, Too

Delayed Culture Shock

They are surprised that they are just now, 2 years in, experiencing culture shock. Food and weather were not a problem. But now they have been there long enough that they are doing more “complicated” things, such as coming across more problems with eveyday life. Their can needed work, and they have been having issues. There are no customers rights and return policies.

Note: The traditonal view of culture shock is that you “get over it.” Other theorists say that it isn’t a once-and-done issue. This video supports the latter view.

Video link courtesy Kali Larrucea