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For westerners making the Far East their home, the experience is as thrilling as one could imagine, albeit discombobulating at times. It may seem like the farthest place from home butJapanPhoto Japan offers the same welcoming environment that is recognizably and characteristically Canadian. This may be due to Canadians and Japanese people sharing the same common thread of politeness as a cultural value. This distinctive attitude, which is internationally recognized in the identity of the two nations, allows people in both countries to understand each other beyond cultural differences. For Canadians coming to Japan, the experience is like finding a home away from home --one they never knew was waiting for them. A place filled with the same friendly good days (or konichiwas), as well as apologetic excuse me’s, pardon me’s or the ubiquitous Canadian ‘sorry’ (or sumimasen in Japanese).

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Aldo Shllaku- Film Composer, Canadian, Expat

Think of a movie that truly moved you.  Try to remember the scenes that had an significant impact on you.  Recall the emotional response you experienced during those sections of the film.  Although you may not remember the soundtrack specifically, without a doubt, if you were to sit in a room and watch those scenes again without any music, you would be disappointed.  On the other hand, if you were to play that soundtrack by itself without images, the emotions felt at the time you watched the film would come flooding back.  Such is the power of the soundtrack.  It does far more than accompany the actors on screen, it enhances or even creates the emotion the director is attempting to convey to the audience.  So vital is the music of a film that without it, everything lays flat, two dimensional and empty.   

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Individuals smallIf you are like most Canadians living abroad, you are an adventurist soul. You have moved abroad to learn about the people, the culture and perhaps the language of the country that you are now living in. I would encourage you to maintain that spirit of adventure. One of the last things that you had perhaps considered was to join an expat group. However, joining one could prove key to your ability to integrate into your adopted society.  A social network of fellow expats can be a resource to lean on in the time of need and a resource to tap into when you need information.  I would whole heartedly encourage you to consider exploring the expat groups that are in your community. Here are some reasons to seek out an Expat group:

Read more: Joining an Expat Group While Abroad

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