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Interact with Fellow Readers at the First-Ever Kokoro Conversations Event!

Dear all,

We are very excited to announce the birth of a series of online events designed just for you!

We invite you to join fellow Kokoro Media readers for “Kokoro Conversations”: open-hearted conversations about the joys and the challenges of life in Japan. Meet new people, exchange thoughts, compare your experiences, ask for advice, and find support.

Some time at the end of the session will be reserved for networking, so you can promote yourself and exchange emails if you wish it.

This event is open to anyone interested in Japanese culture, life, and travel, regardless of current location or situation. Participants should be able to speak English at a conversational level.

Event Details

The first talk will take place on June 2 (Thursday) from 19:00 to 20:30.

The theme of the talk will be “How Should We Adapt to Japan’s Unwritten Cultural Rules?”

From “tatemae” to “meiwaku,” Japan has a set of untold rules and cultural habits that influence all aspects of life. To what extent should we adapt our attitude to find a place in Japanese society? Should foreigners become “more Japanese than the Japanese” to be integrated into the local society, or does success lie in a balance of different cultural behaviors?

This is what we will discuss, sharing our personal experiences.

Reservation and Event Rules

To secure a spot for the event please fill out the reservation form. Reservations will be open until June 1st at midnight. An email with the event details will be sent on the morning of June 2nd.

Before you make a reservation, make sure to read the rules below:

1, Be courteous

This event is a place for experience sharing and healthy debates. Please treat everyone respectfully.

2. No Harassment or Hate Speech

We want everyone to feel safe and will not tolerate hate speech, harassment or any degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity, etc.

3. Avoid self-promotion during the main discussion

A networking time will be provided at the end of the event during which you can further introduce your personal projects if you wish. Although mentioning your personal experience is encouraged during the main talk, make sure the conversation does not turn into self-promotion.

4. Agreement with the rules

Participation in the event signifies you have read and agreed to the rules above. Our team of moderators will warn, and, if necessary, ban any member breaking the rules.

Illustrations by Pikisuperstar

Born in France, I've been living in Japan since 2011. I'm curious about everything, and living in Japan has allowed me to expand my vision of the world through a broad range of new activities, experiences, and encounters. As a writer, what I love most is listening to people's personal stories and share them with our readers.