Richard: not looking back in anger



After seventeen years in Japan, Richard has finally decided to make it back to Europe and settle in Germany with his “Japanese” family. Listening to this podcast we will learn about his trajectory as a professional translator and tourism consultant in Aichi, Tokyo and finally Kobe, where he presently lives. We will review all the theoretical culture shock stages for a foreign resident in Japan, and Richard will explain all the contradictory feelings you may have in each of them. Later, while we enjoy a sashimi dinner with bonito, the house specialty at this small restaurant in Sannomiya, he will candidly analyze the reasons why he resolved to leave Japan while still keeping professional, emotional and cultural ties with their people.


Sachi: back in Japan and looking for a partner



We start a new podcast on (un)happiness and Japanese society with Sachi’s story of a life of challenges between Japan and the US, and the way she tries to deal with them keeping a positive attitude. This young professional woman tells us about her past, present and future career and her family, and how both elements came to determine her life in the last few years. We also discuss about the importance of love relationships for the reaching of happiness and vital goals, plus the difficulties in Japan to get to know one’s “ideal” person:


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