How To Make Friends In Japan | 日本で外国人の友達を作る方法 internationallyME


Hey guys So first of all I want to say Happy 2016 So a new year means new goals, new opportunities, new experiences and maybe for some of you this even means to move to a different city or country and we all know that having friends in a different country or city makes everything 100 times better so I thought what better way than to start off the year with a video about how to make friends in Japan So my first tip is going to these international exchange parties/events I will link some sites down below that I recommend so check them out if you are interested Some of these international events may consist of partying, drinking, clubbing and if you’re not really in that scene then I recommend you to go check out your local ward’s cultural events and it’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and you can really connect with the locals Tip 2 is using online websites Websites such as So basically you find a language partner and you help each other out with the languages you are studying and for the next website – couchsurfing it’s a website that provides a platform for members to surf on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home or host travellers or join an event So if you are travelling to Japan maybe you can get free accommodation and also make some really cool Japanese friends This third website is probably one of my favourite websites it’s called meetup.com on meetup, there are lots of groups and events out there so you just find a group that interests you and you will make some friends with common interests Now I heard that in America a lot of people use meetup as a site for hooking up and I just wanted to say in Japan it is not like that it is a site where people genuinely go to meet new friends However, you will have people that go there just for hooking up but it’s a rare case Now if you want to avoid that I really recommend you to try out not just the socialising event or partying event but an event like sports or cultural events or something like that and you will meet some more genuine people that go there for the event, not for socialising and hooking up Okay, and the last tip for you guys is try going to pubs or bars Like any other country, pubs and bars are a great way to meet new people so if you are coming to Japan whether it is for travelling or you are living here I really recommend you to check out the HUB This is one of the most popular bars in Japan So I actually live in Tokyo and I found some really great pubs and bars here so I will link that down below for you guys to check out and if you guys aren’t from Tokyo, I’m so sorry but just go on google and just search up bars and pubs in your own countries and I’m sure something will pop out So those were my three tips for you guys on how to make friends in Japan and if you guys aren’t in Japan, try to adapt these to your own countries and own situation and lastly I just wanted to say for 2016 get out of your comfort zone go out there make some new friends because you got nothing to lose and guys please comment down below about some other videos you would like to see me do or some videos you guys would like to know about Japan and maybe I will do them Thank you for watching and I will see you in my next video! 🙂

58 thoughts on “How To Make Friends In Japan | 日本で外国人の友達を作る方法 internationallyME”

  1. あけましておめでと〜!I find that it easy to make Japanese friends but the hard thing is to make real close Japanese friends. I often have the feeling that Japanese people are afraid of becoming close friends with foreigners..

  2. Your videos about Japan are so helpful!! Thank you for sharing! I like how you don't ramble much and keep them short too 😀

  3. あけましておめでとうございます!I came from "lang-8" now! I don't know what you say yet,but I’ll try my best that understanding this video 🙂 I'm supporting you!

  4. But I want to hook up……..lol. Looks like you put a good effort into helping the new guy/gal on the block. So have you used these sites yourself? And going to the pub what is the ratio of finding someone to talk to, versus being hit on?

  5. I still haven't made any male Japanese friends yet xD which sucks because I want to mimic male speech patterns!
    Really simple video and yet you totally pull it off… I wish I could do that xD

  6. Happy new year!! I'm really nervous about not making friends when I move to Japan, hopefully I can join one of those meet up groups – that's such a good idea! 😀

  7. Had no idea about most of these! Thanks for sharing! But yeah, the HUB is where stuff goes down! haha…you could also use Tinder, which is a lot bigger than I thought here in Japan

  8. Happy New Year Angela! Really useful video – for some reason I'd never thought about using the meetup website, but I'll definitely give it a shot!

  9. Thank you for the helpful video. I might be moving to Tokyo later this year, so this video is very helpful. Many thanks!

  10. Happy new year!

    I love meeting people at local festivals! The bar scene where I live now isn't all that great but where I lived before had a couple nice spots. Loving the videos!!

  11. A British Pub! That is amazing, it's looks just like one I drink in, here in London!!! I'd feel right at home!
    Great video too, really useful! 😀

  12. Just found your site! Didnt know about couchsurfing till i stumble upon your video! Thank you! ive been staying in japan for 6 months but will be returning back to Malaysia this February. anyway keep em videos comin! <3

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  14. Would you recommend meetup for people who are just visiting for a week for fun (To make some friends and possibly go do some fun stuff in Japan)?

  15. next Wednesday I'm going to a meetup at my college where we can meet Japanese university students from Japan who are trying to learn English. I speak Japanese, but I was just wondering how should I act around them? I don't want to be obnoxious or make them not like me. the point of the meet up is to make a friend and hang out at least 3 times during the remainder of the semester. I'm really excited, but I'm quite nervous. any advice?

  16. Binge watching your videos for background noise before I go on vacation to Japan. Anyways I'd like to see historical travel videos. Like this is what happened here in in 794 that changed the course of Japanese history preferably from pre-meiji ancient times. I don't expect you to be a historian and get everything right or even be a tour guide but I would that that would be interesting. You could even mix it with Japanese mythology. Just a thought for 2017.

  17. is it true that approaching and starting a convo in public with ppl in Japan is considered taboo, rude and culturally not acceptable?

  18. I am really looking for a Japanese friend, I had studied my high school in Japan & I want to keep my Japanese language…

  19. Coins Bar in Shibuya was a lot of fun! I met a few Japanese friends in Shibuya after they overheard me struggling speaking Japanese with a shop owner. Went out for ramen and Asahi's immediately after. Super fun times!

  20. Konichiwa! …great channel and useful insight. Checkout (or add to your list of watering holes) Craftheads Shibuya …they BBQ too!

    I'll be in town later in the month, and looking forward to checking out Zauo, etc..

  21. Hey I`m so interesting about your videos. So I want to know how to find a cheap apartment in Funabashi, Chiba?

  22. Thank you for advice. I'm living in Japan right now. So whoever wants to be my friend please add me right now! And also I want to be in your video! Have a great day!

  23. I talked to two girls at Hub Bar in Ikebukuro, it was all fine until I went to the restroom because when I got back they were gone. That's all you need to know about making friends in Japan. And no, it's not the only bad experience, I have countless of them and I speak Japanese on a decent level.

  24. so we shouldn't go to japan to making local friends (like in other countries we travel normally, anyway) because in the end , they would suddenly and cowardly abandonning you… Okay. There's still the other foreign people who travel or lives here, the food and the landscapes in japan

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