Posted on July 15, 2019 | By Isabelle Sudron
22nd Mar 2019
As one of the most exciting and entrancing countries in the world, Japan is unsurprisingly popular with TEFL teachers. Not only is it a stunning country to live, it also offers a high standard of living and a comfortable salary. There is also a high demand for English teachers and instructors, especially since the Japanese government announced that English would become a compulsory lesson in primary schools from 2020.
But with all these incredible benefits of teaching in Japan come a few challenging cultural differences. As a general rule, the Japanese are very tolerant of foreigners’ transgressions but making an effort to fit in and respect the local culture will definitely improve the reception you get. When meeting new people especially, try to be humble, observant, kind and reserved. On the other hand, try not to be loud, brash, rude or greedy. If you can do that, you’re in with a good chance of fitting in!
Meeting and greeting
Tip: Try saying “Hajimemashite. Watashi wa (name) desu.” In English, this translates to “Nice to meet you. I am (name).”
At the dinner table
In the classroom
If you enjoyed learning a bit more about Japan, you’ll love our guide: Everything you need to know about teaching English in Japan.