What were the circumstances that brought you to Japan? This question is more for those of us who live here in Japan either temporarily or permanently. I will start with mine! Many people come to Japan to teach English or just to work on a Working Holiday Visa or a temporary work program. Overall, I have met more foreigners who used English teaching as a "foot in the door" to get into Japan. A lot of people went on to other jobs or simply kept on teaching English. For me; I was brought over through the current company I work for. It was originally a temporary work thing, originally set for 2 or 3 years but now it has turned into a permanent thing and I'm now locally based. I stayed in Japan because I love it here. I love the history, culture, transportation and even the wild and wacky things that Japan has that make the rest of the world go Hmmmmmmmmm? lol. What annoys me is the people that come to Japan and complain about it's style, function and history. SO WHAT? You came here, you didn't have to, you can always go back to where you came from. The Japanese people are not going to change their country for a bunch of self-serving gaijin. Wait... I don't mean to rant, so I'll stop there. Yes, I love Japan - even if somethings that go on here don't make any sense to outsiders, I still love it here. I think on average, these are the reason people come to Japan: 1) History/Culture 2) Anime/Manga/Games 3) Women (or men) 4) Work 5) Food Well, that's my experience anyway. How about you?