SEASON 1: EPISODE 9
Today, in a very special edition of Tokyo podcast, I speak to Scott Akerman. Side note: Scott was actually a huge inspiration to me when I was contemplating the move to Japan. Scott runs the popular YouTube channel Unrested which offers informative and engaging videos that detail Japanese culture. He describes himself as ‘an erratic thinker, crazed perfectionist, scattershot analyser, sometime philosopher, dark dreamer, lucid nightmare lover, caved in, rebuilt, forever in my own world’. His videos range from life advice, FAQ and reviews. He deals with all aspects of life in Japan – not just the bright, the shiny and the fun.
Scott and I discuss his reasons for moving to Japan and his frustration at the lack of up-to-date information that was available to him. His channel sprung from this frustration; he felt that most of the information came from companies, like JET, that bought people over to Japan rather than information that extended to other opportunities. Having lived in Japan for over 10 years, Scott is able to offer information that goes beyond the basic.
He discusses the honeymoon period – the first three months in Japan. He also notes the transience of the expat life, and the loneliness that accompanies the fact that, often, your friends will leave after a year or two. To counter this he suggests full cultural submersion, including learning the language and making Japanese friends. He also answers his most frequently asked question- if you move to Japan, can you work in fields other than teaching?
Finally, Scott shares his recent experience of becoming a father. He discusses his issues with the Japanese hospital system, with reference to cultural differences.
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