Thursday, October 16, 2008

Back from the break: Culture shock

I think it's fair to say that no matter how times I've visited Japan, I'm still experiencing some culture shock now that we've actually landed here in Japan for a long-term stay. We've been here for almost 2 weeks now. I realize that adapting to life here for the next 8 months or so will take some time and patience and I think I have both in spades, but this kind of big lifestyle change is never easy. I'm finding the need to write about my feelings and experiences; multiple changes all at once can be overwhelming. I hope this blog will enable me to reflect on my stay here and perhaps even connect with others in similar life experiences - other moms, other expatriates, others in intercultural marriages, etc.

Please feel free to comment or email me. I'd love to hear your thoughts on kids, travel, living overseas, how to organize that junk drawer that inevitably develops, favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes, you name it!


  1. Hi! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I remember how overwhelming everything was when I first came so if you need any help with anything don't hesitate to ask. By the way, where in Japan are you?

  2. Thanks for commenting on my blog as well. I'm glad to know you and same here, if you need help with anything just let me know. It'll take a bit of time to adjust. : )

  3. Trisha -
    We're in Osaka. My husband's family lives near Sakai. Thanks for offering assistance and thanks to Gina too! It's always good to have people who have some short-cut suggestions since they've already walked in similar shoes for a while!

  4. My husband's from Osaka! His whole family lives there! : ) But we live in Chiba.