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Stories are magical and are the best way to understand the awesomeness amongst culture! My goal is collect over 1000culturalencounters as there are so many great stories out there! If you would like submit your story click here! Submit YOUR STORY! Before the stories begin, I would like to thank an awesome dude, Kurt Archer, for this awesome idea and his wonderful support towards my vision of a creating a world where we celebrate our differences.
Thank you all for sharing your stories.
Teaching English in Japan is nowhere near what I thought it would be. It starts with the signs in a language that takes years to master and daily interactions with people who speak nothing like the textbooks. Then, there was the being stared at on the train, being randomly asked “Are you a foreigner?” by people on the street, the praises on the most rudimentary things you do and basically everything that reminds you that you are the strange one, the minority. However, every morning, when I step foot in the elementary school and the children’s faces light up just at the sight of me, they yell my name and run up to me for high fives and hugs, I am reminded that differences only matter if you want them to.