I remember hearing once in a movie a reference that unlike Japan, Ireland is not far from America. This line made me laugh. Although the movie was referencing the east coast of America, which is in fact nearer to Ireland than Japan, I think that many people (especially Americans) have the sense that Japan is very far and inaccessible compared to European countries.. even though for those on the west coast, it may be easier to reach.
Other misconceptions I’ve encountered include that we eat teriyaki chicken all the time, or dishes like what’s served at Panda Express. Many people also confuse Chinese (or even Korean) culture and customs with Japanese, or think that it must be hard to get around in Japan because of the language barrier. Before coming to Japan and later moving here, I was also guilty of similar assumptions! As a result, I would like to share a few common misconceptions about Japan, as well as some insight into what Japan is really like. Continue reading