Culture Shock - What worked for me

by Stephen
(USA)

I think that what helped me best in getting over the big difference was a kind of a balance between friends. I tried to hang out a bit with some Japanese so I could learn the language a bit but at the same time I asked around and found some common gaijin bars so I could make some Canadian and Australian friends.

I think it kind of balanced it out. Plus I learned a lot about good places to shop on the cheap. And I guess it just helped me feel at home because I could talk about sports and things that I liked. Maybe just a feeling of camaraderie?

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Jan 19, 2018
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by: John

Hi Stephen,

I am glad that you feel a bit more at home now. I'm sure that the bigger you make your social circle the easier it gets to go with the flow.

Good luck!

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