Racist/Discrimination I experienced in Japan

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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.

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Sharedhouses: GG House

(Not GG House. They wish!)
(Not GG House. They wish!)

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.

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Looking after children in Japan

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One of the three jobs I did in Japan was look after Japanese families children as a English speaking babysitter for Little Hug. With this role, the whole point is to speak completely in English to the child, teach them words and short sentences and raise them for the short time to know what’s right and what’s wrong. I quickly adapted to looking after each of the five regular children in addition to the three irregular children I had.
Most of the children I raised were primarily under four years old and some were born in America so they were exposed to listening and responding in English but very little.
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Ramen Recommendations!

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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.

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