Lesson 16: Free your mind, the rest will follow

This sounds hokey, doesn’t it? 

Trust me it’s not.

If you have a free mind and you bump into someone who doesn’t — it will be immediately clear to you just how liberating a free mind can be while in Japan.

That “non-free mind” person sticks out like a sore thumb. 

This has always been my best advice. The biggest thing I want you to grasp — don’t get stuck with a foreigner mindset. 

When in Japan this can cause major confusion, angst, resentment, etc…

You want to fully enjoy the country while you’re here right? 

So don’t let preconceived notions get in the way. There will be a lot of little things that seem counterintuitive to you. 

Don’t worry yourself with these things.

Look at it from the “it’s how the Japanese wish to operate in their own country” perspective — and do so with empathy.

You don’t have to try to understand it, but realize you have no control over it. 

Free your mind, and you’ll have a significantly better time in Japan.


Well, this brings us to the end of the “Jumpstart to Enjoying Japan” course. I hope you found the lessons valuable and learned something that will help you enjoy your time in Japan.