It's impossible not to thank your lucky stars when such a massive opportunity knocks on your door; the opportunity to start making your travel memories and kick-starting your backpacking experiences from a place that has been capturing the fascination of millions of travelers around the world - Japan!! I still remember the indescribable feeling of joy and excitement I felt when I was asked to move to Japan and work from there, thereby giving me my first taste of life as an expatriate. So undoubtedly there were a lot of firsts and a lot of lasts, each contributing to the travel philosophies that I have been harboring ever since. But after all these years of backpacking across multiple countries around the world, I do realize that Japan is an entirely different world as viewed through the eyes of a traveler, just rushing through the country in a few days, than a person who is living in the society deeply enriched by interesting customs and traditions. So how much does an Indian feel at home when living in Japan - here are few of my personal experiences to help you understand that.
1. It's more than just a bunch of islands
Travel guides fail to see beyond the common stereotypes about Japan being a group of beautiful islands with lots of historic sites. Undeniably these are some of the most prominent and popular aspects of this nation, but this common stereotype is precisely the reason why I believe Japan is entirely different when experienced as an expatriate than as a backpacker.
In Japan you can find almost all the geographical landscapes that you can find on earth, even little deserts!! Ever heard of The Tottori Sand Dunes, anyone?