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Life in Japan: Raising a Kid

Jay Dee:

Here’s my weekly Life in Japan question. This time, what’s like raising a family in Japan as a foreigner? Especially with the fact that my daughter is mixed race (or haafu).

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It’s Monday again, and I’m in the middle of Golden Week, a major week-long holiday in Japan.  However, I have work only today, and a couple four day holidays. But Monday also means it’s time for another question about Japan.  It’s S. R.  Carrillo’s question again.

What’s it like to have raised a family there, as a foreigner?

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As you can see from the picture, it’s weird.  Or maybe that’s just my daughter.  There are certainly some challenges raising a kid in Japan while I’m a foreigner.  I can’t speak for families whose parents are both foreigners, though.  They’d have a totally different experience.  However, since my wife is Japanese, I get to experience the Japanese side of life, as well.

Basically, I get to spend some time with my wife’s family and see what it’s like in a Japanese family. We mostly go during the New Year period, so…

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Life in Japan: Least Favourite Thing

Jay Dee:

Last week, I posted about my favourite thing about Japan. This week, the question is about my least favourite thing about living in Japan. It’s actually not a controversial topic, but annoying nevertheless.

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Another week has passed. Time goes by too quickly. Well, it’s time for another question about living in Japan. This is kind of a part two question from the last week.  Again, it’s S. R. Carrillo asking.

What’s your least favorite part about living in Japan?

JPY_BanknotesUnlike the last question, I find this one easy to answer. There are some things I don’t like about living in Japan (cockroaches, very big spiders, drivers who run red lights), but there’s one really big thing that I don’t like.  Banks.

Japanese banks are pretty similar to those in other countries.  They have ATMs, they have bank tellers, they have many services. However, the ATMs tend to only be open during business hours or slightly longer than business hours. But that’s not the worst thing. The banking system is rather archaic.

In Canada, waiting in line to see a teller isn’t that long…

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Fastest Train in the World

Jay Dee:

Incredible! The maglev train under development in Japan just broke its own record today at 603 km/h. World record speed. I really want to ride it.

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The very same day that I posted the R story for the A to Z Challenge, which features a discussion about a maglev train, in real life, a maglev train set a record.

In Japan, there’s a train line under construction from Tokyo to Osaka that will be the fastest in the world. The test today achieved a speed of 603 kilometres per hour. While the train line will open in 2027 between Tokyo and Nagoya, it won’t be until 2045 that you can go between Tokyo and Osaka.  That’s 30 years in the future.  However, it’ll take just over an hour between those two cities.  Incredible speed. Here’s a video of the test run.

I would love to ride on this.

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Living in Japan: Favourite Thing

Jay Dee:

I got a big question his week. Check out my answer.

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It’s now April 20th, one year from our big move to Canada.  And in honour of that, Sierra has given me one of the most difficult questions to answer.  Thank you very much! Of course, if you have any questions, please post them on the original post here.

S. R. Carrillo asked this whopper of a question:

What’s your favorite part about living in Japan?

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Well, Sierra, this is a rather difficult question to answer because I love so much about Japan.  However, I would have to say that one of my favourite things to do is sightseeing.  In particular, old temples and shrines.  I love exploring different places.  The area i live in is so rich in history and historic sites that I haven’t seen them all.  And I lived in Kamakura, one of Japan’s old capitals.  I’ve seen the major sites, but I haven’t…

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Life in Japan: Touring in Kyoto

Jay Dee:

I’ve begun a weekly series on my writing blog, I Read Encyclopedias for Fun, about life in Japan. This is my tenth anniversary of arriving in Japan, and also my last year of living in Japan. We’ll be moving to Canada in April 2016. So, I’ve asked my readers to ask me questions about living in Japan. I’ll be answering one question a week. This is the first in this series.

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In honour of my tenth anniversary of living in Japan, I am starting a series where I answer questions about Japan.  I previously asked for questions and got several, and I’ll do them every week, once a week.  I’ll be answering them in the order that I received them.  So, here is our first question.

K E Garland had this question:

We’ll be visiting Japan in June. One of our trips is to Kyoto. Do you think a guided tour is best or looking around on our own?

Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Thanks for the question. Despite living in Japan for ten years, I haven’t actually had the opportunity to visit Kyoto.  I will visit eventually on subsequent trips back to Japan, but probably not during my last year in Japan.  However, the question is a good one, and is applicable to almost anywhere in…

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What Is Japan?

Jay Dee:

I’d like some opinions from anyone who lives in Japan or has visited Japan. Please visit this blog post and answer the questions. It would be appreciated. Thanks!

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As expected, the response to the Canada post was much less.  However, I did expect a bit more than that.  But now, another country.

This time, it’s the country I live in, Japan.  With 1,130 views last year, it’s the number three country with 6% of the views.  Why do I get so many views from a country whose people don’t speak much English?  Well, my first blog is about Japan, and a lot of my readers there are expats, just like me.  So, logically, they also read this blog.  I’ll be relying on residents of Japan more than citizens, but I’d also like the opinions of people who have traveled in Japan.  So, have you been to Japan? Live in Japan?  Then I want your opinions.

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Japan is an island country with four main islands and many smaller islands.  It’s a very long country spanning from subtropical Okinawa…

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My “Traditional” Japanese Christmas Dinner

Jay Dee:

Merry Christmas everyone! I finally had a traditional Japanese Christmas dinner. Check it out!

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Japan doesn’t have a long Christmas tradition, as it’s a more recent trend here.  It’s also mainly done to sell more things and make more money.  It’s entirely commercial.  It’s also a time for couples to go on dates and exchange gifts.  It’s typically not a family holiday, but parents will sometimes give their children gifts.  Also, it’s very difficult to find turkey here, so we have to make do with other things.

And that brings me to my Christmas dinner today.  This is the “traditional” Christmas dinner.  Just take a look.

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That’s right, Kentucky Fried Chicken!  We had some regular KFC chicken, boneless chicken, French fries (no gravy in Japan), salad, and a “Christmas cake.”  It was actually a chocolate cake.  To many Japanese people, Christmas means cake.  They’re often very surprised to find out that cake isn’t a big tradition where I’m from.  Sure, people get fruitcake, but…

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