Life in Japan
by David Moser
( (Tokyo, Japan))
David Moser talks about Life in Japan
My name is David Moser, and I currently an ELT Representative for Cambridge University Press. If you have any inquires or requests, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at dmoser(at)cambridge.org.
1.What kind of communities have you lived in, while in Japan? What have they been like?
I spent my first 3 years up in Yamagata, in a nice small town of 30,000 surrounded by mountains. It was quite a bit in the country side, surrounded by farms and mountains. The town though was full of the nicest people you would meet anywhere. A great experience I will not soon forget, and would highly recommend to everyone that they spend at least some time in the country side, in real Japan if you will.
Then for the last year and a half, I have been living in Tokyo, which is quite a change to say the least. I live about 5 minutes from the station, so everything is very convenient, with everything I need right around where I live. Obviously, the cost of living has dramatically increased, but being in the big city, the possibilities are so just much greater.
2. What sort of challenges have you had to overcome while living in Japan?
The hardest part of the adjustment for me was being thrown into an unfamiliar environment where you literally do not know anyone. The type of feeling I am guessing students have when they move to a new town and school. But once
you start going out and meeting people, and make a friend here and there, there begins the development of a network which will eliminate the initial loneliness.
3. What have been some of your interesting or positive experiences while in Japan?
This may come off as cliché, but I honestly do feel that people can only grow both emotionally and mentally, if they ever have the opportunity to live in an environment that is completely different from their usual comfort zone. The way you look at the world changes dramatically, with the realization that what you originally perceived as your world was small in comparison.
4. Is daily life easier in Japan or in your country?
For me personally, as I do have the advantage of having lived in Japan when I was small, that I actually do not feel that one country is more difficult than the other to live in. Just the obvious difference is some issues you face as a foreigner, such as the difficulty in getting approved for credit cards and having a great deal of paperwork to deal with for issues related to your immigration visa.
5. What should people bring from home before going to Japan?
Honestly speaking, most of what you need can be found here in Japan. If there is one thing I would recommend though, if you are larger size individual, you should definitely bring as much clothes and shoes as you can, as it can be difficult to find the larger sizes in general department stores.