At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Japan and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Japan Australia
This Aussie has been living, working and blogging in Japan since 2009. Having travelled widely around the country you will find detailed posts about the well known and less well knows sights to look out for, complete with useful how to get there information and stunning photography. Learn about Japanese work culture and pay attention to posts like ’10 things you need to know before moving to japan’ you can learn a lot from his experience. It’s also not a blog to visit on an empty stomach, this guy loves to taste test all the newest and sometimes weirdest foods out there.
The Travelin’ Boots
Ada and Eric, a Filipino American military couple, blog here about their Japanese life and travels. Written mostly by Ada, each post is accompanied by beautiful pictures which really give you a feeling of being right there with her. She doesn’t hold back either, and doles out straightforward advice based on her first hand experiences. For anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps to Japan, this blog is a great place to start.
Celia in Tokyo
An English conversation teacher at a private school in Tokyo, Celia has come a long way from her hometown in Queensland, Australia. Taking you through the seasons of the year at work, at home, when travelling and eating she offers glimpses of her life in Tokyo and beyond, in words and in photographs. On her blog she shares the Japan that she loves and aims to inspire you to see Japan for yourself, a perfect starting point for a future expat.
Sea Change Okinawa
This family of three (plus two furry friends) relocated from Australia with a job offer in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. Lucky enough to live near the coast, you can enjoy the plentiful snorkelling and beach shots as well stories from a small town. Really useful guides for travelling with kids, free things to do and a very in depth look at the vegan food scene, as well as excerpts from expat life make this a well rounded blog. For anyone thinking of a move to Japan for a life with less bustle and high-speed trains, this Okinawa blog is valuable reading.
Frenchman David moved to Takamatsu in 2011 with his Japanese wife. A teacher by profession, he blogs to share the beauty of the area in the hopes that you will love it as much as he does. There are many detailed posts covering everything from everyday expat life to raising a bilingual child, food, festivals and his personal view of the culture that surrounds him. Preferring to avoid clichés and focus on the here and now makes his blog an interesting and honest source of information about the realities of expat life.
Little Island Takara
American military wife Laura and her husband Gustavo moved to Okinawa in 2011 and share a peek at their life through her blog. If you happen to be a fan of the pro con list, you’ll find a very useful series right here. Beautiful shots fill her posts as she explores Japan’s most and least well-known spots and indulges in the local food. Committed to expat life, this couple is looking forward to more time exploring Japan before they inevitably move on, as is the story of military life.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in Japan, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!