People living in Japan can be slyly racist and discriminate without realising. I still want to live in Japan in the near future but I cannot ignore the imperfections and the way I was treated at times living there. Living there for a year has helped me experience what it is like to feel like a complete foreigner and have to survive. I never got stopped by police and I wasn’t called the n-word or any racial slurs like other people have but my cases are a little different. You may be able to relate to them as a POC foreigner in Japan.
From March to July 2017, I stayed at GG House. or GG House West Right (Nishi Arai). You can get to this house by Hanzomon or Hibiya Line to Nishi Arai Station. While it was a huge improvement from staying at World Unite!, it felt more of a dormitory for students and long term travellers. Nevertheless, the fact that it was mostly quiet and people kept to themselves was something I liked. I would like to introduce to you the second place I stayed in before I left Japan to go to Korea.
Although ramen places are everywhere in Japan, I’ve checked out a few that are different from Ichiran Ramen, a famous Hakata brand. Although it is delicious to foreigners, my friend told me it’s not the same for the Japanese so I started to check out a few different places to recommend people visiting and living in Japan and who wants to find other ramen chains to eat at.