Our “Japan Newbie" Fails

Photo of a light-skinned blond child around preschool age covering their eyes with their left hand. Child has short hair, is wearing orange sweat pants and a yellow button-up short-sleeved shirt, and is sitting on some flat surface with their right hand in their lap. The wall behind them is yellow. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels.

We’ve been living in Japan for almost five years to the day. Some lessons in Japanese culture we learned quickly — like driving on the left side of the road and not expecting restaurants with English writing to actually have English speakers working there.

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Jacquette Augh

Jacquette Augh

STEM PhD, mom, chronically ill, LGBTQ. Interests: immigration, sex+relationships, parenting, lifestyle+finance, trauma+therapy, neuroscience+bioengineering