We are a Finnish-English family from Brighton, England. In March 2014 we moved to Osaka, Japan for three years without any real prior experience of the culture, people or places in Japan. Don’t ask us where we found the courage to do it. Half of our friends and family saw it as an act of complete insanity and half as a definite sign of mid-life crisis. Both halves were right; our move to Japan was probably a combination of both of those. But we love it here!
This blog is about our experience of life and people in Japan, and what faux pas we make and what awkward situations we find ourselves in because we don’t know the language or the Japanese way to behave. And how peculiar, comical and downright weird many Japanese (and Finnish and English) people and customs are.
I hope you enjoy reading about these layperson’s anthropological observations.