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Moving to Yokohama, Japan

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Yumisumi Sun 16-Aug-15 11:27:39

Hi, We are moving to Yokohama, Japan. Any tips on living there are welcome.

What is it like to live there? What is the culture like ?
What is the work culture like? I will be working there. How to dress? (formal or informal)
What to bring?
What not to bring?
What to expect?

Yumisumi Mon 17-Aug-15 04:10:34

Bumping... Any mumsnetters in Japan?

TanteRose Mon 17-Aug-15 04:38:12

Hi Yumisumi!
Yes there are a few MNers in Japan.
I've been here over 20 years.
Are you on an expat package or moving here to live locally?

TanteRose Mon 17-Aug-15 04:44:27

Work culture will depend on the company obvs.
Japanese private companies can be very formal and expect suits and overtime.
You can get almost anything over here - prices are very reasonable if you shop like a local! Eating out is nowhere near as expensive as the UK.
Yokohama and Kanagawa are lovely - close to the sea and mountains yet also only 30 mins from Tokyo which is an amazing city.

mirai Mon 17-Aug-15 06:22:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Yumisumi Mon 17-Aug-15 12:58:32

Hi, we arrive most probably in December this year. Looking to put DDs in YIS or St Maur. Which one is good?

Kids are 8 and 4.

We currently live in Singapore but are from England.

It's a shame I will have to get rid of all my electronics.

Do you speak Japanese? How hard is life without the language?

Yumisumi Mon 17-Aug-15 13:00:01

Yes, we arrive on an expat package. Can't say with who incase I out myself.

Yumisumi Mon 17-Aug-15 13:02:48

My visa is currently being processed. I will be out there in September for home searching. What are the things to look out for? Company will arrange and negotiate the lease. Houses are very small there it seems.

TanteRose Mon 17-Aug-15 14:14:21

<waves back at mirai!> o-hisashi buri indeed! Will PM you

Hi, Yumi
Ok sorry, I have no idea about expat life/school etc.

Best to check out some expat sites.
Hopefully someone else will be along with more info.

It's fairly easy to survive with only limited Japanese especially in Yokohama. If you're expat, the housing will be spacious and rent will be covered <jealous envy > wink

TanteRose Mon 17-Aug-15 14:15:47

www.expat-blog.com/en/destination/asia/japan/yokohama/

Laptopwieldingharpy Tue 18-Aug-15 00:55:16

Having researched the school thing they are quite different but both deliver the IB diploma in the end. If curriculum matters, start there.
Depends on your kids ages. I'd say coming for one of the big schools in Sg like TTS or UWCSEA i'd want YIS.

Yumisumi Tue 18-Aug-15 12:51:18

Thanks laptop.

I thought so too. YIS seems more international.

Yumisumi Tue 18-Aug-15 12:58:39

Any advise on what type of clothes to bring? For work and for play?

Will I be able to buy winter clothes there at a reasonable price or should order online from England?

TanteRose Tue 18-Aug-15 13:48:13

Clothes much cheaper over here, especially with the exchange rate. Uniqlo is fabulous for winter things.

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