Welcome to another captivating episode of the “Focused on Japan Podcast”! In this episode, we delve into the fascinating world of international romance and marriage. Join us as we embark on a journey with our guest, Baha, a Turkish man who found love in Japan. Baha shares his personal story of love, cultural fusion, and the challenges and joys of building a life together in Japan.

Love Across Borders
Experience the heartwarming tale of how two individuals from different corners of the world found each other and decided to make Japan their home. Discover the beauty of love across borders and the unique dynamics that come into play when blending two cultures together.

Cultural Exchange
Prepare to be immersed in the delightful and sometimes humorous moments that emerge when two cultures come together under one roof. Explore the everyday experiences that highlight the richness of cultural exchange and the moments of growth and understanding that arise from embracing different traditions.

Navigating the Bureaucratic Maze
Marrying a Japanese citizen as a foreigner comes with its own set of challenges. Our guest, Baha, offers valuable insights into the practicalities of navigating the bureaucratic maze, from visa applications to legal requirements. Learn about the intricacies involved in the process and gain tips on how to make the journey smoother.

Family and Community
Discover how Baha and his Japanese wife’s relationship has been received by both families and the local community. Gain insights into the importance of support networks and the impact they have on the success of a cross-cultural marriage. This discussion sheds light on the challenges faced, as well as the joys and rewards of being embraced by two families and a wider community.

Life Lessons
Embracing a new culture and way of life is a transformative experience. Baha shares personal anecdotes and valuable insights into the personal growth and development that can come from marrying into a different culture. Learn how navigating cultural differences has shaped his worldview and the impact it has had on his life.

Why You Should Listen
This heartfelt and informative episode of the “Focused on Japan Podcast” offers valuable advice and inspiration for anyone considering or currently in an international relationship or planning to marry in Japan. Gain insights into the intricacies, challenges, and rewards of love across borders. Whether you’re deeply interested in Japanese culture, curious about cross-cultural marriage dynamics, or simply looking for an engaging and inspiring story, this episode is a must-listen.

Hand picked resources for those intending to travel, study, or work in Japan:

Book Your Accommodation:

You can book your accommodation at Borderless House. They offer a shared home where you can have your own private room, live with Japanese and foreign residents, practice your Japanese, and make friends in a new country. When you do, send me an email at for a free PDF on the 5 things you need be aware of when living in a share house in Japan.

Book Your Japanese Language Class:

You can book a short term (3 months), long term (6-12 months), or online Japanese course at Akamonkai Japanese Language School. They are known to be arguably the most challenging Japanese language school in Tokyo. Great for individuals interested in learning Japanese swiftly and enjoy an academic learning structure.

There’s also ARC Tokyo Japanese Language School, which is great for those who want to learn Japanese, but without the high intensity and workload. Before enrolling, send me an email at for a free PDF on the 3 best ways to maximize your time studying Japanese at a language school.

Entering a University in Japan (courses taught in Japanese):

If you’ve already graduated high school and are planning to enter a university in Japan, with courses taught in Japanese, you may want to consider ARC’s University Preparation Course. It’s a 1.5 year – 2 year program where you learn Japanese, mathematics and civics, (taught in Japanese), and prepare you for the university admission examinations.

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