Life in Japan as a foreigner, what can be better? You make friends wherever you go; everybody can understand your language; the food is always something you are 100% familiar with, right? Wrong! Our experience of course depends on our personal skills and the people who surrounded us. Still, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that many gaijins are struggling especially during the “introduction” period. It may be the language, lack of a friend, or any other reason. At least we are not alone and there are other people who are in a similar situation. Remember, that overcoming difficulties is harder alone and much easier with other people hence we prepared a list of the best Facebook groups that would be useful for foreigners.
The Best Facebook Groups For Foreigners in Japan
They range from language exchange to food to something that will just make you laugh. Be aware that in this particular list, we prioritize Tokyo-based groups as it is the city with the biggest foreign population.
Tokyo Expat Network (TEN)
What Is It Good For? Basic Guidance On Living In Japan
The biggest group of foreigners living in Tokyo or probably even Japan. If you are struggling with anything or have questions about life in Japan you can post in the group and somebody from this welcoming community will definitely help you. If you do not want to disclose your personality you can also post anonymously. Because the group has an extensive history of business-related posts, the admins prepare the “TEN Yellow Pages” where you can find a list of foreign-friendly businesses ranging from restaurants to martial arts dojos. There is SIOW (Show It Off Weekend) once a month which is reserved for the members’ business promotion posts.
Gaijin Eats Japan
What Is It Good For? Finding Food In Japan
Do you miss American burgers? Craving for the authentic Korean chicken? Just thought of Chicken and Waffles keeps you awake at night? Then you won’t probably find a group which is better than Gaijin Eats Japan. Some members slightly complain that there are too many “burgers and Mexican” posts but recently the selection of restaurants/food directions is becoming more diverse. So if you’re into Taiwanese food, for example, there will be something you might like.
Tokyo Sayonara Sales
What Is It Good For? Getting Cheap (Sometimes Free) Used Furniture, Devices, Kitchen Ware, Etc.
Since some foreigners are unable to adapt to life in Japan they leave. Of course, there are dozens of other reasons as well but the fact is that they accumulated a lot of things in their homes that they cannot take out of Japan because it is too costly. What are they doing with all of the furniture, devices and clothes they have? They sell it. Many of them do it in the Sayonara Sales group on Facebook. If you are lucky you might even get something for free but be fast because there is plenty of people who want to get free stuff.
Japanese-English Language Exchange [ JELE ]
What Is It Good For? Finding Language Exchange Partners
The Japanese language is considered to be one of the most difficult languages in the world. Besides, the English level proficiency level is very low in Japan. Considering all of these it is needless to say that your Japanese language ability can make or break your life in Japan in most cases. Joining the biggest Japanese-English Language Exchange can help you to find language partners to improve your skills. Better Japanese will help you to make your life more comfortable and to have better career opportunities.
Engrish in Japan
What Is It For Good For? Laughing
As it was mentioned before Japanese people are not very good at Japanese and because of that they often rely on automatic translation which is often not correct or even more ridiculously funny. The Facebook group “Engrish in Japan” is the place where people post these ridiculous translations that they came across around Japan. If you are looking for pure fun, this is the group for you.
Are You Part of Any Facebook Groups?
Let us know if you’ve heard of these groups, or if you are part of any Facebook groups. We would love to know more about the groups you recommend, maybe you are part of a group, or possibly you moderate one yourself!