Kuniko Cohen of KEYZUNA interviewed three Japanese people who moved to Israel many years ago to make it their new home. How did they manage to adjust to such a different culture?
As a Japanese woman living in Israel and surrounded by children, I worry greatly about Japan’s shrinking population. Could tiny Israel perhaps offer Japan a model for a possible solution?
In Israel everybody talks about Chutzpah, both in a good and bad way. It means ‘shameless’ or ‘guts’. It is very important for Japanese visitors to investigate this special word.
Trying popular street food in a new country is a memorable experience. For Israelis it’s all about Hummus and Falafel, which are actually Arab dishes.
To Japanese people, things in Israel can appear to be 180 degrees different to their accepted ways. Yet systems in this different universe – called ‘Balagan’ – work very well.
A Japanese person who lives in Israel for many years will react differently to local people than a visitor would. How would you respond in the following situation?
To get the local atmosphere in Israel you need to visit a popular street market. The products are fresh, the sellers shout and everything is exciting and alive. Join the visit.