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Negotiating Japanese Customs

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As going through customs and immigration in various countries becomes an unwanted yet unescapable hobby for us, I wanted to start by writing about the system I am most familiar with – Japan.  I hope this will help you know what to expect and how to get through quickly and easily (and without a trip to the special questions room) Getting into Japan In all things, Japan is a very orderly country.  This creates an absolutely monstrous beauracracy which makes …

Choosing to Say Sayonara

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When I first came to Japan, I had promised all of my friends from the US that I would only be spending a year in the land of the rising sun. Little did I know how thoroughly I would be won over by the beauty of the mountains, the serenity of the rice fields, or, more than anything, the warmth and friendliness of the Japanese. So why choose to go away from this place that has become my adopted home? …

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