Sussex Student to Gaijin Student

Many of you may be wondering what the word ‘gaijin’ means, I know I definitely was when I started to notice it being repeatedly murmured around me when I arrived at my new university in Tokyo. Gaijin, according to the trusty urban dictionary definition, just means foreigner or more specifically in my case: white/western person. The concept of being labeled as an outsider or standing out due to my “Western-ness” was, I guess very new to me. Having grown up in England my whole life, I’d never experienced what it was really like to immerse myself in a culture that is so far, different from what I know – I’d always been part of the majority.gaijin2 Continue reading