I recieved messages from my blog readers and they wonder if there is a good way to make Japanese friends. There are several ways but things are different whether you live in Japan or not.
First, for those who live in Japan and look for Japanese friends, hopefully to exchange language and culture, how about checking out following sites or events? Or you could stay at shared accommodation with Japanese people.
2.Tokyo Notice Board
4.Tokyo International Friendship
8.Military Friends Board
And there should be several other ways.
Then, how about for those who live outside Japan but want to make friends with Japanese girls or guys living in Japan? There will be limited resorces, compared with above.
1.WorldFriends (as you might know already)
3.Japan Forum dot com
4.English diaries at Blog Mura written by the Japanese
5.Other languages at Blog Mura
7.My Language Exchange dot com
8.Be a friend of Kirin! or find other Japanese bloggers who are interested in you, your country or your language.
Do you come up with any other ways?
Let me tell you how Japanese people are basically. We are very shy and most of us cannot even look straight to your eyes when we speak to you. (I’m talking about things in general) We are very shy and that’s why we care too much about making mistakes, which is the main reason why most of Japanese people cannot speak English well in spite of over 10 years of studying it at school. Our culture likes ambiguity and it is regarded good in Japan to be somewhere between yes and no. (I have hard time fitting myself in it, though) Many of us cannot get rid of this Japanese culture even when we communicate with non-Japanese people. It is said Japanese common sense is not the common sense of the world, which is true in a sense. Anyway please remember most of Japanese people are very shy! (No wonder Facebook is not popular!?) If you’ve ever tried to make Japanese friends but didn’t work out, that maybe related to this cultural difference, because many Japanese love to make foreign friends, indeed!