I have so enjoyed getting to know life in Japan in my brief time here. For me, it’s the little idiosyncrasies of daily life that provide the most insight into local culture. And despite my living in a little quiet suburb of Tokyo, life in Japan is far from boring.
Since I’m still relatively new to the place, I’ll save my random observations of life in Japan for a later date. To get me into the swing of things, I met up with a long-time colleague, Turner of Once a Traveler, who has been in and out of Japan over the last 11 years.
This post was originally published in 2017. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
Just a few days after arriving in Tokyo, he threw me into the deep end by taking me to Shibuya Crossing; the world’s busiest intersection, in the world’s most populated metropolitan area. For more on that experience (including video), check out Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo – Jumping Into the Deep End.
After brazenly taking ourselves and my selfie-stick into the middle of this frantic intersection (much to Turner’s embarrassment), we went to Starbucks on the second floor overlooking the intersection (now there’s a piece of real estate) to chat about life in Japan. I turned on the camera, so you could peek in on our little chat.
Life in Japan, with Turner of Once a Traveler
We covered off topics like what brought him to Japan the first time (and how many people like him do the same thing), and what kept him coming back.
He shared his thoughts on Japan’s culture of people working themselves to death (literally), and how the Japanese have health insurance dialled in (especially in comparison to the United States).
And I learned something new about why people are dead-silent on public transportation – a refreshing change of pace given how overwhelmingly crowded the Tokyo metro can get.
Turner is living in Japan for the foreseeable future, and given the comfort, safety, food, and cultural whirlwind that the place is, I don’t blame him; life in Japan is pretty sweet. Check out the video below to watch our chat about life in Japan.
Life in Japan
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