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Wrathful_Scythe
Wrathful_Scythe
My major (economics + a asian foreign language) requires me to spend at least half a year as a student at a japanese university and half a year as an intern in a japanese company, to get some practical experience. I say require but its one of the reasons why I chose this field of study in the first place.

Originally, I'm from Germany. I picked up Japanese around the same time I had to apply for a university so I chose this course to build my language skills.
As to why I picked up Japanese in the first place: Aside from the challenge and the benefits of acquiring a new language, the trigger was ultimately me waiting for the latest Touhou game to be translated and I felt really bad not understanding a thing of the game I was playing and finally pulled the trigger.
Venus of the Desert Bloom
Venus of the Desert Bloom
That’s cool! Sounds like an amazing opportunity and experience. How do you like living in Japan?
Wrathful_Scythe
Wrathful_Scythe
I quite like it here.
Made some trips here and there and have to say that the landscape is just beautiful. Its a given, coming from nothern Germany, which consists mostly of flat plains. I can even see Mt. Fuji from my kitchen window. Still my favorite sight every morning. Even climbed up there this year from the gotemba station, though I'm not sure if I would do it again. The climb was horrible with the ground, that consists of pebbles, giving in every step you make. Maybe next year before I make my trip back home.
Other than that, the people I met are friendly and welcoming to me. I receive surprised looks now and then but its a given here in Shizuoka with few tall foreigners walking around. Its also funny that everything in my apartment seems to small for me. I hit my head on many doorframes multiple times now and I can't see my reflection in the bathroom mirror without bowing down or going to my knees.
I'm also amazed how tidy everything here is. Even in Tokyo you seldom see any garbage or waste lying around. In Germany you have garbage bins everywhere and people still litter. There are things that I prefer in Germany and some things that I will dearly miss going back to Germany, but thats only natural.

All in all, I'm glad that I took the chance to come here. Its a unique experience and it really helped me build my spoken language. And I still have more than half a year to experience it all.

May I ask what brought you to Japan? Assuming you are a foreigner in the first place.
Venus of the Desert Bloom
Venus of the Desert Bloom
I came to Japan first in 2008 to study abroad for a summer and then once again in 2009. I then came back in 2010 to work on the JET Programme. After five years of that, I had various teaching jobs before settling at the current place I’m at along with my wife and two daughters. Mt. Fuji is beautiful and I love Shizuoka. Where at in Shizuoka are you in?
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