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When I arrived a month ago in Japan I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was: I am going to work at a Japanese company, for many many years! After a 3 days long special introduction to the company I finally met the other new employees that entered the company the same year. I received a super warm welcome from everybody and despite starting 4 months later than them they made me feel like being a part of the family from my very first day. Thanks to their help, support and patience, especially regarding my very low Japanese understanding, I was able to master all the challenges of my first month and actually enjoyed it quite a lot.

Als ich vor mehr als einem Monat in Japan ankam, hatte ich noch keine Ahnung was mich erwarten würde. Ich wusste nur: Ich werde in einer japanischen Firma arbeiten, und das für viele viele Jahre! Nach einer 3 Tage langen Einführung in das Unternehmen, konnte ich endlich die anderen Neuankömmlinge, die auch dieses Jahr anfangen, kennen lernen. Alle hießen mich herzlichst willkommen und obwohl sie schon 4 Monate vor mir angefangen haben, gaben sie mir sofort das Gefühl ein Teil der neuen Familie zu sein. Nur dank ihrer Hilfe, Unterstützung und Geduld, vor allem im Zusammenhang mit meinem schlechten Japanisch-Verständnis, war ich in der Lage den ersten Monat erfolgreich zu überstehen und sogar zu genießen.

All in all the first month felt like being back at school. Every day we received lectures about various topics, ranging from “Japanese Business Manner” to “The 7 Ways of Success” and even one lecture on “How to read a Newspaper properly”. Since they were all held in Japanese my biggest challenge was to make an interested looking face even if I only understood fractures of what was going on and never to fall asleep. So basically just like University.

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That’s an article I wrote for the website: this-is-japan.com

(The website is tries to show Japan from the foreigner’s point of view)

Being in Japan can be quite a cultural shock. Everything is so different, so big and crowded and especially in my case it can be very frustrating not being able to communicate properly, because of a lacking knowledge of Japanese. Many foreign students are therefore often sticking together with other foreigners, since it is easier to speak with them and they share the same feelings in the same situation and in some cases the lack of language can even cause a feeling of being completely alone in a city of 30 million people.

I believe that it is often necessary to have friends you can speak with and they actually understand every word, nonetheless I also believe that being in Japan means eventually also making Japanese friends. In the beginning it can be quite difficult, especially if one is shy or does not feel confident with his or her Japanese language skills. What helped me most when I arrived first at the Waseda University was one of the many international Clubs. Waseda International Club (WIC), Waseda International Festival (WIF) or Niji-No-Kai are just some of the many Clubs that were created in order to make it easy for foreign students to get in contact with Japanese people and Japanese culture. Many of the members can understand English very well but they will try to speak with you in Japanese as much as possible, what I think is a very great idea. Beside of the huge variety of international clubs, the University has even its own little event-department for foreign students, the ICC, that is organizing language exchanges, sport and cultural events and many more. I guarantee you that you will make some friends here. (more…)