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Last weekend a friend of mine invited me to join her and some other friends at a local cafe by her house for an aromatherapy seminar. The cafe a spokesperson from DoTerra to lead the course, which one of the ladies joined as a buyer/salesperson. It was kind of like the aromatherapy version of a tupperware party. 😉
I pretty much went in on zero, though. Last year Mr. J bought us a cheap mist humidifier and some scented oils that we use with it, and I’ve really enjoyed the few times I’ve had the chance to get an aromatherapy massage. Still it was something new and fun to try, and I came out a little more knowledgeable about the aromatherapy market in Japan, and how to choose and combine different oils.
Posted in Daily Life, Married Life, Personal
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Friends are important, especially when you’re trying to adjust to a life in a foreign country. One issue I often hear from other foreigners who spend any amount of time living here is that it’s hard to make close relationships or friendships, especially with Japanese people.
To some extent this is a valid concern. Making acquaintances in Japan is really easy because Japanese people are usually friendly, polite, and curious about getting to know foreigners. Then for some reason it seems pretty common that foreigners will eventually hit a wall and never move the friendship beyond that “acquaintance” stage. Japanese and Western culture differ in many ways, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the Japanese approach to making new relationships is also slightly different. Once you learn to recognize and consider a more “Japanese” approach to meeting people, it’s a lot easier to make and get closer to new friends here.
Posted in Coming to Japan, Culture & Holidays, Daily Life, Issues, Married Life
- Tagged cultural differences, friendships, getting to know people, getting to know people in japan, maintaining friendships, maintaining friendships in japan, making friends, making friends in japan, social issues