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We have a guy in the mix! Me Overseas is for every age, gender, and lifestyle. Expect amazing people with amazing stories. Uncover the truth about moving your entire life to the unknown and finding yourself amongst challenges faced.
Patrick is an English teacher currently in Japan who also taught in China! He gives us the lowdown of how he feels about living life in another country.
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OCCUPATION: English Teacher
YEARS IN JAPAN: Almost 6
FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
Please tell us a little about yourself!
I’m an English teacher in Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been here for two months and previously taught for five years in Sendai as well as in Beijing, China for three years before.
What made you want to move to Japan in the first place?
I developed a deep interest in Japan and its culture during my college years and despite moving to China after graduating, that interest always remained. It eventually led me here!
What did your family think about you moving?
My family was mostly supportive of me living abroad. My mother was initially uncomfortable with the idea, but she gradually came to accept it.
When did you realize you never wanted to return home and do you plan to in the future?
I knew before I moved that I wanted to stay in Japan for a long length of time. While I’m ok with staying in the country permanently, I don’t have definite plans to stay long-term.
What are your hobbies, what puts you in a happy flow (something you just get lost in)
I spend much of my free time playing games, watching YouTube, and making TikToks. I also really enjoy going to Japanese public baths. They’re a great way to relax!
What is your occupation? Did you have any difficult jobs in the past and what do you love about your current position?
I teach English! I’ve really enjoyed this occupation in China as well as here in Japan.
My previous job was pretty difficult due to the busy nature of my school, but I enjoyed the relationships I was able to build with the students I taught. I’m looking forward to doing the same with my current job, and I’m very excited to have a less busy environment to do this in!
What do you love about Japan the most?
I love the kind nature of the people. They’re very polite and tend to think of others before themselves. They’re also very welcoming.
What are some struggles or challenges you faced while living here?
The biggest struggle I’ve faced Is the language barrier. Due to the busyness of my previous job, I wasn’t able to devote as much time to studying Japanese as I would have liked to, and as a result, I’m still at a beginner level.
Another small difficulty was getting used to Japanese food. It’s not bad, but I don’t find it as delicious as food from the US. Again, a very small difficulty!
How did you overcome them?
I’m still learning the language so it’s a work in progress!
As for food, there are many options for food from other countries available in Tokyo, but I mostly just eat Japanese food. It’s not too bad!
Are there things that you wished you knew before living abroad?
I wish I knew how reserved and shy Japanese people are. The nature of the people here has made it somewhat difficult to make Japanese friends. It’s not impossible, but things can get a bit lonely sometimes due to how long it can sometimes take to develop real relationships here.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m not quite sure! Possibly Japan. If not Japan, then the US.
Do you have any advice for others who want to move to Japan?
Do your best to study as much of the language as you can beforehand. It will help you out a lot to get a head start. Also, don’t be shy when practicing the language when you move here! Mistakes will be made, but it’s through them that you learn!
Pat's YouTube channel can be found below! Follow and give him some love! Thanks, Patrick for sharing a little bit of your life abroad!