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I am in the 2nd stage right now and working for Nova. I need suggestions for getting to the 3rd stage.|
Hi-yah! Gotzann Desu...|
I feel lucky to be here as the only Japanese man honorable enough to write in this thread... I want to help you guys going through these symptoms, but unfortunately, I can't :-( These symptoms are well-defined as part of "culture shock" - it's a state of mental instability ;-)
I sincerely hope though, that you girls/guys find out more of the depth of Japanese culture before going back home. It'll take about a year to find yourself recovering from the aforementioned culture shock; you'll need to stick around for another year or two to start being able to absorb / analyze the culture...
I'm writing this as I'm surrounded by toothless, senseless, moneyless Apalachian rednecks, and I fuckin' hate it. Now I'm wondering if this is yet another recurrence of "culture shock" after 15 years of staying in the U.S. ;-) I hope not...
Wow! What a great article! I laughed like at Hell reading the letter.|
I'm coming to Osaka in a few weeks and I sure hope I don't go through
that AGONIZING process!! I think if we all try to keep an open mind
and adjust to the "new", we might just make it through the Japan
experience. I really enjoy this site and I appreciate having some sort
of place to turn to get the scoop on Osaka before I arrive. I'm still
a little nervous but thrilled! Cheers All!
|laughed my ass off at the email home. im in the "f*** this place mode" but i work for a great big ad agency and they pay is just as big as the company so i kinda will let my contract run its course and go home with a nice chunky of loot (and with the yen dropping daily, i get happier). when i first got here, i was expecting to be overwhelmed. it was culture shock and i loved seeing new things. now, 4.5 months into it, im hating not having a social life. living in ashiya is nice but i can't see dumping 10,000 on a cab home if i miss the vomit comet (the last train home). so i go in at 1045 to make the last train to make the last bus (why not 24 hour transit???). im bleached so i get stares 4 times more often than most and the women, while i find 90% kawaii, the convo is so frustrating, i just dont even bother. am i jaded? yeah, but ill get over it. i think my y2k resolution is to stay out late a few weekends and hang at the gaijin hangs and see what happens. anyway, i like site and look forward to reading more stuff....|
I JUST READ YOUR ARTICLE"THE STAGES OF GAIJIN"IT WAS VERY INFORMITIVE IN IT'S VEIWS
I WILL TRY TO USE THEM TO MY ADVANTAGE AS I WILL SOON BE VISITIN JAPAN
FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS MONTH ON INTO THE NEW YEAR TO VISIT MY GIRLFRIEND
ALTHOUGH I WONT BE STAYING LONG,I CAN LEARN FROM OTHERS EXCPERIENCES
ON HOW TO DEAL WITH SUCH ISSUES.I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT ARTICLE.
'COZ I HOPE TO SPEND SOME TIME IN JAPAN IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
3 MONTHS A YEAR WHAT EVER. Dave"Deibu"Daugherty