Before you comment, I'm aware that just Googling this question does come up with a lot of replies. But a lot of those articles are a few years old at least and might not be completely accurate anymore. And I do get a lot of differing opinions. From one source I can hear that the Japanese are open and friendly, from another I can hear that they're still xenophobic and think everyone non-Japanese are thugs and terrorists. So I'd like to hear from those here: most recently, what seems to be the the Japanese opinion of black foreigners in particular? I've heard that if I have natural hair (eg afros, dreadlocks) they will try to touch it. I've heard that, especially in smaller towns, I might get a lot of blatant stares. I've heard that there are stores who won't allow me to enter at all. From what those who have visited Japan have experienced, is any of this still true? I am black with kinky hair, but I'm small, quiet, and, in my opinion, not very threatening. I'm hoping to become a teacher in Japan(long time, not just JET), in a preschool if possible. What are my chances of getting such a job in Japan?