We have always been been interested in knowing why foreigners come to Japan, their experiences and what drives them to stay or leave …
We held an interview with Machela, an independent mother from Jamaica living in Nagoya, who has stayed with us at JCM Rental. We were interested in finding out about her experiences and to see if she has any advice for other parents living here in Japan .
– Hi Machela! First of all can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your life here in Japan?
Hi! My name is Machela Osagboro and I am from Jamaica. I have an assistant teacher here in Nagoya. I have lived in Japan for 3 years and 8 months and I’ve been living with JCM in Nagoya for 1 year and 6 months. He goes to a private nursery close to Nagoya station which is easily accessible by train from my home in Nakamura Koen.
– How has your experience in Japan been overall?
That’s when I have realized that time I have realized that I really realized that I am realizing a real culture home. JCM has really helped me with everything there.
– How do you find the daycare system here?
___ ___ ___ ___ 0 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 0 is really convenient because of my hectic work times which which many.
– What languages are Kae exposed to?
So sometimes he speaks Japanese and other times English. I think going to a public school would have benefited his language skills a lot more as the structure would have been better.. I can see that sometimes he struggles a little and though confused with other children.
– What kind of things do you do together with you are not working?
All sorts! We go to the park. There’s a pool nearby we love to visit often. Other than that we spend time at home and I teach him a lot of different things myself and keep him productive.
– What kind of challenges have you found being a single mum here in Japan?
Being a single mum in Japan can be very challenging and isolating. You have to be resourceful as it’s very difficult to find help. I cannot rely on family for example and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily there are services and groups that can help. For example theres a group of mothers that occasionally meet up who can provide support.
– Can you give some sort of advice to someone coming to Japan who may be in a similar situation to you?
My advice would be to be resilient and flexible. It can be hard to find support so you need to find a network. JCM has helped me a lot and I don’t think I would be here anymore if not for them. They are totally understanding of my situation and made it very easy for me to find a home which is so important as a mother especially. So having a solid home base is really important to find.
– Where do you see yourself in a few years from now?
I would like to finish my post graduate degree. That was one of my original reasons for coming to Japan, to save for studies but that obviously got delayed after having Kae. I think nonetheless, education is very important and although my studies have been delayed I will definitely aim to finish them.
I would also like to find a base or settle somewhere but I do not know where that is yet…
– Finally, Kae, what’s your favorite dinosaur?
Thank you to Machela and Kae for this wonderful interview and her insights into life here in Nagoya! Good on you and best of luck with everything!