Experiencing Japan after Korea will be interesting. I keep telling myself that if I survived Korea, I definitely can survive Japan. Both countries have a lot in common, but they're also so different on many levels. I look forward to compare notes. I also know I'll be missing many things about Korea, but I'm not worried I'll fall in love over and over with so many Japanese things.
I started this blog right when I arrived in Korea, so I never tackled the "before" part of a move abroad: taking care of all the paperwork, visa, interviews, packing... getting ready for Korea was kind of a mess. Everything was so last minute, we obtained our visa ONE day before we were flying out, and we only found out our departure date two days before. It was a bit stressful. We only had a short 5-minute phone interview with someone who barely spoke English, so I suspect our hiring was solely based on our pictures (no kidding).
Japan is a different story. The whole process is so structured, so organized. I know exactly which documents I need, how many photocopies of each, my departure date, and every little detail I could imagine (except for my exact location!! which is fine, all of Japan is beautiful, as long as I live in a cockroach-free flat). The interview itself was a serious 2-hour long ordeal, and in person, no less.
Could the hiring process reflect the whole experience? In the sense that Korea was so chaotic... which I grew to love. And I'll miss it, Korea was just so... random. Full of surprises. Bad ones (like cockroaches, mold, and an overly zealous employer), but good ones as well (such as Seoul being an amazing cosmopolitan city, with full of cheap thrills). Japan will probably be a lot smoother in general, but also a lot more expensive. It will be a completely different experience, that I know for sure.
Almost everything is in order! Yesterday I visited the Japanese embassy... it was scary! A metal detector? But they had pretty pictures on the wall.