Australian blogger and YouTube presenter Kim Dao recently posted a new video in which she discusses life in Japan with her friend, Vienna, who works as a model in Tokyo. Kim Dao and Vienna agree that it can be hard to learn the ropes when you first arrive in Japan since cultural difference can pose major challenges. Vienna, who hails from Thailand, said that there is considerable pressure for her to conform to Japanese cultural norms despite the fact that her background is different.
Both agreed that Japan is expensive, although Kim Dao pointed that the cost of living in Australia is even higher. When she arrived in Japan, she found a temporary apartment to get settled and then moved into more reasonably priced accommodations. On the other hand, Vienna moved in with friends when she emigrated and later on found her own place.
One cultural difference that Kim Dao wrestles with is that Japanese culture frowns on outspokenness, whereas as an Australian it is more difficult for her to be reserved when she is angry about something. Vienna agrees, and adds that she finds it difficult to be herself in society.
The two friends agree that it is essential to speak fluent Japanese if you are looking for any type of job other than teaching English. According to Vienna, she had minimal formal training in the language, picking it up through immersion. When Kim Dao met Vienna, she was so impressed with her Japanese that she was surprised to learn that Vienna was in fact Thai.