Returning to Japan after 5 years
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Posted 5/4/13 , edited 5/4/13
I see many topics of foreigners going to Japan and their wide opinions whether they not they can be fully welcomed. I have grown up speaking Japanese and due to relatives that still live there (northern country) I have had the opportunity to go there several times.

The last time I been there was in 2008, and I can definitely feel the pressure. I will be spending one week with my aunt in the North and the second week in Tokyo with my cousin and my old college friends. I find the whole thing exciting and nerve wracking. I forgot most of my Japanese and I feel like a lot has changed, including myself. And despite all the familiarities I have with Japan, I will never ever feel welcome or comfortable enough to relocate there. I am too Americanized in my way of thought which eventually leads to being ostracized in the work place.

I feel like even Japanese who went to my school cannot feel fully welcome after they spent enough time in the USA, the way they think versus our mindset is very different. Same goes for most cultures.

Anyone else go back and forth Japan this often due to family or friends? Did the feeling change at all?
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Posted 5/4/13 , edited 5/4/13
I have not been to Japan as of yet, I plan to in the future however, I had someone else tell me this same thing who is from Japan however, that the atmosphere was so much different here in North America.
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I went to Japan every summer when I was small for about 2-3 months. From 2 years of age to 8 years of age. I have family over there so I would always visit them when I was small. Since I was small I could actually speak Japanese pretty good because I absorbed the language like a sponge but after not going to Japan for 5 years and returning there when I was 13 years old I felt like Japan changed and myself as well. I could barely speak Japanese after 5 years but I was able to understand what most of the people were saying. I guess after being gone for so long and you adapt to another country of course most people will feel out of place. The atmosphere is a lot different when you compare Japan and North America but I'm sure after spending some time their again the atmosphere around you should feel the same as before. Anyways I'll probably be going to Japan again next summer and I can't wait! Currently learning Kanji and different vocabulary so I can actually talk and read better while I'm there.

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