Culture Shock in Japan 101

Different people experience different levels of cultural shock depending on their upbringing, life experience, general expectation or mentality to handling change or differences.  Since I started my new journey in Japan, I have experienced a number of cultural shock here.  It hasn’t affected me majorly or made me personally disoriented in anyway due to unfamiliar ways of life in Japan.  Nonetheless, I have had a few “moments” of shock that I want to share and talk about. More information – click here.    

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My Obon in Japan

Obon is a time in Japan where Japanese people return home (as in parents home or main family house) and pay their respects to the deceased loved ones. Where I live in Kazo, Saitama, shops or semi big grocery stores would close one or two days for their employees to celebrate obon with their family. I did not realise how big or important the occasion was to Japanese people as I was not fully aware of it until one of the teachers, G S, mentioned it. Obon is actually very similar to a Chinese traditional date called “Ching Ming”, which […]

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