Regret Moving to Japan (What Now?)

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan

Regretting your move to Japan is an uncomfortable position to be in. Though it can be a helpful emotion, it can easily turn into a way to beat ourselves up, leaving us feeling defeated and worthless, and more likely to make decisions we’re unhappy with. In this article, I’ll go over what regret is, how to tell if your regret … Read More

Adjusting to Life in Japan (and Staying Mentally Well)

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan

Moving to Japan is one of the biggest transitions you’ll make in your lifetime and adjusting to life here is far from quick and easy. However, with an open mind, some research, trial and error, and patience, your experience in Japan will be a positive one. In this article, I’ll address what culture shock is, some examples of culture shock … Read More

Should I leave Japan? Things to Consider

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan

Debating whether or not to leave Japan is never a comfortable place to be, mentally. And the longer you’ve been in Japan, the more difficult it can be to decide. Either way, it’s a decision that can be difficult to sort through. The internal debate causes many types of emotions: Excitement about what’s waiting back home Uncertainty about what’s waiting … Read More

Important Laws to Know Before Going to Japan

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan in General, Living, Travel

Knowing the law before you go to Japan is critical to staying clear of a justice system that doesn’t have a great reputation with the international community. Not so much because of the laws on the books, but because of how detainment and investigations are carried out. For example, legally, anyone can be held in a Japanese jail for 23 … Read More

What’s it Like Living in Okinawa (an American’s Perspective)

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving

Whether you just found out you’ll be moving to Okinawa, or debating to live here or not, there’s a lot to know about living in Okinawa. Here’s what you’ll find in this article: Quick Facts About Okinawa Okinawan Culture Language Weather in Okinawa Food Driving in Okinawa Schools in Okinawa Things to Do in Okinawa Sports Teams in Okinawa Annual … Read More

Can Americans Live in Okinawa? Living Legally in Okinawa

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving

If you’re thinking about living in Okinawa, there can be a lot of things to consider and questions can pile up. And the first and most common one is: can Americans even live here? Americans need a Japanese visa to live in Okinawa as it’s governed by Japan. U.S. military personnel are exempt from this. A person under specific orders or … Read More

Where to Live in Okinawa (and What’s the Commute Like)?

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving

If you’re about ready to relocate to Okinawa, or reconsidering where you currently live, it’s important to know what your options are, what’s important to you, and which neighborhoods in Okinawa best suite your needs. Okinawa is small but has a relatively large and diverse selection of areas to live. Whether you want to live in a high-rise apartment in … Read More

Do They Speak English in Okinawa? Using English in Okinawa

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving, Travel

Do Okinawans speak English? Most Okinawans speak Japanese and do not speak English. Those who do know English, are often too shy to use it. Regardless, Okinawa is easy to get around without knowing Japanese. Major hotels, popular tourist areas, and areas near U.S. military bases, often know and are willing to use English.  That’s right, getting around the island … Read More

Okinawa Taxis: How to Get One

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTTransportation

Getting a taxi in Okinawa isn’t that different from the rest of the world. There are certain things to be aware of, however. Steps to getting and hailing a taxi when on the street in Okinawa Look for a taxi with the vacant sign in Japanese: 空車  Put your hand in the air to get the taxi’s attention Get in … Read More