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August 15, 2016

Journey to Japan 12: Switching to a Work Visa

Making the transition from a Japanese working holiday visa to a valid work permit is possible — and can be more straightforward than you might expect.

August 2, 2016

Journey to Japan 11: Expectations and Realities

Things don’t always work out as you expect them to, but that needn’t be a bad thing…

June 21, 2016

Journey to Japan 10: Japanese Summer Survival

Feeling like you’re melting in the oppressive humidity can all only mean one thing, it’s summer in Japan.

June 15, 2016

Journey to Japan 9: A Matter of Taste

Is it possible to eat well in Japan with an unadventurous Western palate? How about as a vegetarian? This pizza-loving Brit takes a look at just a few of the options…

May 18, 2016

Journey to Japan 8: Redefining your Comfort Zone

Adjusting to life in a new country is undoubtedly tough – when it comes to finding your new comfort zone, how comfortable is too comfortable?

May 4, 2016

Journey to Japan 7: Seasonal Highlights in Japan

In a country where the appreciation of impermanence is embedded in the culture, it is perhaps to be expected that Japan is a paradise for ephemeral delights.

April 20, 2016

Journey to Japan 6: Making Friends & Socialising

Having the right people around you can have a significant impact on your experiences, so how can a new arrival go about making friends in Japan?

April 4, 2016

Journey to Japan 5: One Leg Over the Language Barrier…

Trying to study the native language of your new home can be tough, particularly if you are working as an English teacher. But, with an open mind and a little motivation, you can actually find learning and practice opportunities all around you.

March 18, 2016

Journey to Japan 4: Putting the Work into a Working Holiday

What kind of job options available to working holiday visa holders, and how can you go about securing work?

March 4, 2016

Journey to Japan 3: A Place to Call Home

Finding a new home can be daunting at the best of times, and attempting to do so in a country you’ve just arrived in can present its own set of challenges. Here’s how I found accommodation during my first year in Japan.

February 3, 2016

Journey to Japan 2: Those Difficult First Few Weeks

After arriving in Japan to begin my much-anticipated working holiday, I wonder if perhaps I’ve made a big mistake.

January 27, 2016

Journey to Japan 1: The First Big Decision

A personal account of applying for the Japanese working holiday visa from the UK.