Mr. Shaun Nakayama(Australia, 24, IT)

Mr. Shaun Nakayama is an Australian-Japanese, born in Australia.  After graduating from high school, He left his hometown and is currently working in CG content production in Japan. He is also working with visual effects, character modelling and animation in games.(JIKOPY)

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Name Mr. Shaun Nakayama(24)
Nationality Australia
Company atali,inc.
Industry IT and Communication
Job type Creative (Advertisement & Design)
Residency Tokyo
Japanese Skills Level Before Japan:JLPT-N5
Current level:JLPT-N1
Education history in Japan none
Latest education before Japan Other (High School)
Work experience before Japan none


Why do you want to work in Japan?

Tell us about your interests and motives of coming to Japan.
Even though I was born in Australia, as a half Australian-Japanese I was able to get in touch with my Japanese roots in terms of the culture, food, etc. I have travelled to Japan many times, and every visit lead to a new discovery. Japan is indeed an exciting and charming country.

When did you decide that you want to work in Japan?
At 17 years old

When did you start work in Japan?
At 18 years old

Why do you want to work in Japan?

  • I want to live in Japan.


Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?

  • I was recommended by someone<./li>

What was your criterion when choosing a company?

  1. A company that will allow me to do various jobs.
  2. A company where I can use the skills I acquired as a student.
  3. A company with good salary / welfare.

When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
Inadequate amount of companies offering positions that requires the skills and abilities of a foreigner.


Tell us about your current job.

Tell us about your main role/responsibility.
My main role in my workplace centers around CG content production. I also work with visual effects, character modelling, animation and other film related production. Occassionally, I am also given the opportunity to engage with the company’s latest technology developments, as well as handling photoshoots when necessary.

Tell us about what you consider important and concerns you other than your job.
The most important aspect of a CG artist is to be able to grasp and “see” the freshness and inspiration through your senses, discarding the stereotypes at the same time. Do not restrict yourself by having just one point of view, also being able to analyze the differences and attention to detail is very important.

What is the appealing factor/attractive feature of your current employment?
Throughout my career, I was able to acquire new skills because of the large variety of projects I have been assigned in. I am able to up my work motivation when I surround myself in a creative environment, be it in my office or at home.


Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.
Characteristically, compared to Australia, I prefer the Japanese working style better. The work manner and courtesy of the Japanese was what appealed to me. Also, being able to experience cutting-edge environment, along with CG, animation, fashion and whatnot has been an attractive feature too.

Are there any other struggles you are facing aside from work in Japan? How did you manage to deal with it?
It has been 6 years since I moved to Japan. Although my Japanese skills have improved compared to when I first arrived here, there are still times where I find it difficult to interpret certain kanjis or understand unique Japanese expressions. Using Japanese is inevitable, not only in my workplace but also in my personal life.

Tell us about your job aspirations (Career developments) in the future.
In the future, I would like to work on a variation of larger scale, international projects. I would also like to engage in a kind of work where I am able to incorporate my growing interest in art, engaging in unique craftsmanship through independent and liberal ideas.


Tell us what you do in your everyday life in Japan.

Type of accommodation
I have my own house.

How did you find an accommodation when you first came to Japan?
I was recommended by a friend.

How do you spend the holidays?
I like to spend my holidays going to music festivals, drinking with friends, taking photographs, to name a few. Recently, I’ve been reviving my passion for cooking.

Are there any struggles that you are experiencing other than living in Japan? How are you dealing with this issue?
I just realized I have been putting on some weight lately due to the large diversity of simple, delicious foods in Japan. I’m struggling with diet and exercise at the moment. Beer abstinence is tough, but I’m working on it!


For those who want to work in Japan or those who are interested in working in Japan, do you have any words for them?
The opportunities in Japan are endless, and I think it is a very liveable country. Working in Japan was a step closer to my dream.
For those who are interested in Japan, I definitely recommend it.