Business Insider on the life-changing experience it is to live in Japan and seventeen important lessons learned while living abroad:

When you first set foot in Japan, it’s hard not to be impressed by the efficiency and social order.

The streets are clean, trains run on time, and the people are quiet and polite, yet possess enough of the bizarre to be intriguing (cosplay, line-ups for chicken ramen-flavored ice cream or Lotteria 5-pattied tower burger anyone?).

Living in Japan, or even just visiting, can be a life-changing experience.

No one returns to their country the same person as when they left.

Here are some of the things that make such an impression on foreigners, they cause us to think a second time, and alter the way we think, act, or view the world.

In short, they prompt us to make life changes.

Just when you thought you knew it all…

Almost all of these resonate with my own experiences living in Japan.