Archive: February, 2012

Freelancing in Tokyo: Showing Up

Posted by David Chester on 21 February 2012

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Mikan Skin

Showing up. Seems like a simple concept, doesn't it? And yet, I find here in Tokyo that many foreigners who want to partake of all the great freelance opportunities often can't be bothered with doing what it takes.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Why Are You Here?

Posted by David Chester on 6 February 2012

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Shamisen Goddess
"Why are you here?" You will be asked variations of this question at some point while you are in Japan. The most common one might be "Why did you come to Japan?" This might seem a fair enough question, but it has always bothered me. I understand why Japanese people ask it. Many of them have asked me, "Isn't it difficult here? Isn't it expensive? Isn't it crowded? Do you really like the food?" They perhaps cannot understand why a non-Japanese person would actually want to come to Japan and make some kind of life for himself/herself... knowing, as they do, the challenges that await. (Remember, just because they are Japanese doesn't mean it is any easier for them to live here. They have to get on the crowded trains and live in small apartments, too.)

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