I Have Lived In Japan

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 66 People

    Toile Ni Itemo Deska?

    The first phrase I learned in Japanese! So important! If you don't know, it's asking may I use the toilet. Never say toile okudasai- the shopkeeper may bring you a variety of toy toilets. It happened to my friend at AmericaLand! Anyway... My mama was Air Force and we were...
    vavamama vavamama
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 10, 2008


    It's been a while, but I grew up from 11 to 18 there in the '80s.  Such a crazy type of people.
    Run2Me Run2Me
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Jan 16, 2009

    Liveing In Japan

    I am currently living as an international student in Japan. All those around me have definite reasons for being here. Whether it is studying Japanese language or culture, or a deep love of anime and manga, everyone has their reasons. Me on the other hand signed up on a whim, and...
    FairyTwinkle FairyTwinkle
    18-21, F
    Jan 22, 2013

    Sendai, Japan

    I lived in Sendai, Japan, for 2 years.  I was on the JET Programme teaching English as a second language in a Japanese middle school.  I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and hope to go back soon.  I would encourage anyone with an interest to apply for the JET...
    NihonjinRXS NihonjinRXS
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Aug 3, 2007

    Lost In Translation

    Lived in Tokyo from 1997-2001. I loved the movie "Lost in Translation", it brought back so many memories. My work during that time was exciting, stimulating, and rewarding, also allowing travel around Asia. It was a tremendous experience that I'd repeat in a heartbeat if given...
    porcpuffer porcpuffer
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jul 19, 2011


    When I was in the Marines, 'way back in the 1970s, I used to go to Hiroshima a couple of times a week and teach 'conversational English' to Japanese college students, firemen, and businessmen.  I got hooked up to this by one of my squadron sergeants, Sgt. Sechrist. ...
    broadshoulder broadshoulder
    3 Responses Jan 15, 2009

    Japanese Gardens

    For those of you who have lived in Japan, do you remember the elaborate Japanese Gardens?  It seems that there were dozens of public gardens in the cities, and most residences seemed to have private gardens.  the gardens are so much of the Zen culture.  Again, I was too...
    broadshoulder broadshoulder
    Jan 6, 2012

    I Miss Living In Japan

    I lived in Misawa Japan from 2005 to 2009. It was such an awesome experience and I hope one day to be able to go back!
    Army0917 Army0917
    31-35, M
    2 Responses May 10, 2011

    All Prepared For California, Ducking-under-tables-wise.

    I got to be a pro at earthquake drills while I lived in Japan for 2 years, from age 3 to age 5. Went to kindergarten and everything. I also helped dig up sweet potatoes in the field near my kindergarten, and then we had a huge bonfire and sweet potato roast. Traumatic memories...
    rainbowchristmaslights rainbowchristmaslights
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 26, 2008

    Not Quite

    For one thing, it was only forty days.  Also,  for most of it I was on a ship that was cruising off the coast, but it was Japanese waters.
    SomeguyinUT SomeguyinUT
    Jan 11, 2012


    I was stationed in Iwakuni during the mid- to late 70s when I was in the Marine Corps.  I used to go to Hiroshima regularly.  I really enjoyed Japan, but wish that I had had more maturity when I lived there.  I wonder how Natsuko is doing?
    broadshoulder broadshoulder
    2 Responses Jan 14, 2009


    Hey, do you remember the Ginza?  Bright Lights, neon, shopping, and people!!  The sights, the sounds, and the smells of Ginza!  Did you ever play the Pachinko machines?  I did, but I soon found that I was a rank amateur compared to some of the old Japanese...
    broadshoulder broadshoulder
    3 Responses Jan 16, 2009

    Hikone, Japan

    I lived in Hikone for 2 years when I was a child. It's a mid sized town right between Osaka and Kyoto on the shores of Japan's largest lake Biwako. At times it was great, at times it was horrible. Overall, it was so life changing I have no idea who I would be if I had never gone...
    ohsovery ohsovery
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 14, 2008
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