Attention dreamers. Have you ever thought to yourself “I want to live and work in Japan?” For a long time? Forever?
I sometimes get asked the following:
“I love Japan and everything about it and have loved it since I was a young child. I am learning Japanese now so I can make my dreams of living in Japan forever come true. What should I do?”
Now if you posted this on a forum, most people would immediately rip your dreams apart, try to force extensive reality into your face all at once, and leave you with both annoyance and defeat.
So are these dream haters right?
Are you right?
Let’s start off with a simple important concept to anyone new to Japanese with big dreams of living there and starting a life.
Dreams are good.
Will dreams come true if you believe them?
Will dreams come true if you work towards them?
Will dreams come true if you devote everything you have and are to succeed?
Somewhere between maybe and probably.
There is no definite.
However, dreams will move you forward, in one direction or another, and often in a completely different direction than you may have originally intended. That’s why dreams like these are important. No matter where you end up, it will be somewhere different then you are now.
Okay, this post makes it look like I’m going to tell you how to make your dream of living in Japan come true.
Not to oversimplify but…
If you really want to live in Japan, this is one of the best (however definitely not the only) order of actions.
1. Visit Japan for travel (make sure you actually like it)
2. Go to college in your home country.
3. (Maybe) do a study abroad ( if your school offers it)
4. Go to Japan to teach English (easiest way to live and work in Japan with no experience and right out of college)
5. If you still like living in Japan start working towards moving to a career path that you want.
6. Get permanent residency
7. Yay, you are living the dream
And that’s my super broad guide for believing in your dream, where it may take you, and how to actually go forward with it.
Anyone with the dream? Anyone want to add a little more concrete advice to accomplishing the dream?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.