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Relocating to Japan? 3 Great Videos That Introduce Japanese Culture

Relocating to Japan? 3 Great Videos That Introduce Japanese Culture

Relocating to a foreign country for work is a big deal. New home, new language and new culture! There is a lot to get your head around. Without doubt Japan is one of those countries that, culturally speaking, causes confusion for the foreigner.

A distinct island culture, formed over thousands of years, with its own nuances and subtleties... it takes time to genuinelly understand the Japanese.

Being the helpful cross-cultural consultancy we are,  we have scoured the internet to find what we consider to be the best 3 videos on Japanese culture!

These videos will help make your relocation to Japan a little smoother, enabling you to learn about Japanese people and culture, so that you have a head start in terms of behaviour and how best to conduct yourself.

The short clips will give you an insight into the Japanese way of life from people with real-life experiences and stories to tell from their time relocating to Japan.  We believe that personal feedback is the most valuable.

#1 Japanese Culture Vs American Culture

This short video clip explains specific Japanese etiquette and the speaker directly compares this with American culture. The use of ‘Thank you’ and ‘You’re welcome’, for example, is extremely different in America and Japan, and he gives evidence of this through his own personal experience stories. He rightly advises that you will experience culture shock just like he did!



#2  Japanese People and Culture

The second video that we found is slightly longer but goes into more depth about Japanese culture and day-today life through the eyes of an expatriate. She speaks about health care, technology and crime-rate in Japan, giving her own insights.



#3  Japanese Culture of Respect and Formality

The third and final video looks at Japanese formalities within the culture; the speakers talks about some of the shocking experiences he faced – even when going to the supermarket. His personal stories gives advice and guidance when relocating to Japan and how to be respectful.



If you're serious about making the best impression when you arrive in Japan, then enrol on our Japan eLearning / Online training course for professionals. 

Trusted by our broad portfolio of multinational clients, this elearning course has been developed by experts for individuals relocating to Japan, or, working with Japanese colleagues. 


Our Japan eLearning training course can be taken on it's own or blended with a customised, live cross cultural training webinar with one of our Japanese relocation, culture and business experts.


If you're looking for reading materials, then take a look at our comprehesive Japan Culture Guide.


Researched by Sophie Hole

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