For sure living has changed me. For one i now understand a lot more about other cultures. not just Japan, but also other cultures as well.
Ive become more confident, and self assured. Furthermore, and this the biggest thing, ive developed my sense of adventure. There is no way 2 years ago i would have gotten naked and jumped in the bath with a group of men (at an onsen...what were you thinking i was doing
) now it seems like something reasonably normal to do.
I found that when i went home for an extended period i other people noticed a change.My priorities in life had done a 180 from that of my friends. i valued adventue and new experiences. They seemed to value stability and security.
Its easily the best thing i have done in my life.
Thanks for the great question!