Living in Japan – Myth Vs Reality: “Life Is Different In Japan”

I have recently been putting tidbits of information together about life in Japan and talking about the myths and reality of living here. At first I was going to be writing a long post about this topic all in one but then I realized that I would probably get the message across better and more effectively if I were to separate these posts.

Before I go any further I want to make sure that you know I am not trying to be negative here I am just trying to share the information that you are going to need to consider in the event that you want to make the transition to living here in Japan.

Without further delay let’s get right into it!

Life in Japan is different than life in my home country and that is why I want to live there. 

Although culture in Japan is different than your home country life itself is very much the same. Each day you are going to get up, eat, work, sleep and do it all over again. Between all of that you will need to find time to get groceries, necessities and everything else that you would do in everyday life.

In fact, depending on your terms of being here you may find that one of your every day average tasks are more difficult than you might encounter in your home country. For example what if your coming here does not involve you having a car. This means that you will need to get groceries either using public transportation or something similar to a bicycle. At first there may be some novelty in riding your bike to the grocery store, in the rain even. The real question is how will you feel about this once the novelty is gone.

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” and this is something which is important to remember when you are considering coming here. There are many great reasons to come over to Japan but it’s not a place to come in order to escape the realities of life.


REVIEW: Keisei Skyliner

On my way back from the Tokyo Disney Resort I took a few different trains to get to one of the main stations and from there I then got on the Keisei Skyliner. This is a train that travels directly from Ueno/Nippori to the Narita Airport. I found the train really simple to use (as long as you had an IC card) and affordable. The train ride from Nippori to the Airport was under 60 minutes and incredibly comfortable. There was a place to store your luggage and from my knees to the seat back in front of me was about 1.5 feet of space. There were tray tables where you could work on whatever you liked and electrical outlets so that you could plug in your electronic devices.

As far as the train itself there were rest rooms and a food car even though it was just a short trip. It would have been nice to know this on my trip to the resort with my mom because mom would have had the chance to have some food and use the rest room before we started making our way through the other stations. I cannot say that this is bad on behalf of the actual train or business that is the train though because I honestly was not paying attention at the time or we would have taken advantage of that.

Overall I give this service a 9 our of 10. It would have been a 10 our of 10 if purchasing tickets would have been slightly easier. Maybe it is that I do not spend a lot of time in Tokyo but when I was trying to get off they asked me either for a paper ticket or to put down my IC card. Luckily I had my IC card but I have no idea where I would have gotten one of the paper tickets. I am certainly going to use this service again.