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Do you hope to ever live in Japan?
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Posted 2/18/13
I want to spend a few months there, but I don't believe I'd want to live there.

I think games and anime have romanticized Japan for us so much we're not really seeing it as clearly as we should.
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Posted 2/19/13 , edited 2/19/13
As much as I love to visit Japan I wouldn't want to live there.

It's not really the fear of being an outsider that gets to me, but the cultural differences and lifestyle are too different to consider taking residence there.
Aside from that Japan is a bloody expensive country to live in with a decadent hobby as ours.
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I would visit Japan ten times before moving there.
To live in Japan would be extremely hard.
I have to go through two languages to understand Japanese culture and beliefs.
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Posted 2/19/13 , edited 2/19/13

Lisu wrote:

I want to spend a few months there, but I don't believe I'd want to live there.

I think games and anime have romanticized Japan for us so much we're not really seeing it as clearly as we should.


Kyoto and Tokyo are really amazing.

Next time I am in Tokyo, I am going clubbing. I want to know how it compares to NYC and the huge dance festivals I been to recently (Electric Zoo, Sensation White, and in June going to Electric Daisy Vegas)

Sensation White NYC -> Fun times... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmENUcNxh4E&hd=1


Tokyo is awesome its high-tech clean mega-city feel and shopping. Kyoto is also amazing for Japanese culture, shopping, and old world Japan

I miss Japan, and really need to find a window I can go. I want to find out how much the maximum time I can take off in one shot is at work. I got 2.5+ months of vacation time saved up and would love to do a one month study abroad in Kyoto in July.


Some Short Video Clips from my recent trip to Japan:

Meiji Shrine, Tokyo: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnCnjzOcekU

Akihabara (June 2012): www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XcSRoWUyDw&hd=1

Sushi in Kyoto: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO2vGaUn3Nw&hd=1

Hiroshima (near A-Bomb Dome): www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwb6AJ8rD2Y&hd=1
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Posted 2/20/13

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


Lisu wrote:

I want to spend a few months there, but I don't believe I'd want to live there.

I think games and anime have romanticized Japan for us so much we're not really seeing it as clearly as we should.


Kyoto and Tokyo are really amazing.

Next time I am in Tokyo, I am going clubbing. I want to know how it compares to NYC and the huge dance festivals I been to recently (Electric Zoo, Sensation White, and in June going to Electric Daisy Vegas)

Sensation White NYC -> Fun times... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmENUcNxh4E&hd=1


Tokyo is awesome its high-tech clean mega-city feel and shopping. Kyoto is also amazing for Japanese culture, shopping, and old world Japan

I miss Japan, and really need to find a window I can go. I want to find out how much the maximum time I can take off in one shot is at work. I got 2.5+ months of vacation time saved up and would love to do a one month study abroad in Kyoto in July.


Some Short Video Clips from my recent trip to Japan:

Meiji Shrine, Tokyo: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnCnjzOcekU

Akihabara (June 2012): www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XcSRoWUyDw&hd=1

Sushi in Kyoto: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO2vGaUn3Nw&hd=1

Hiroshima (near A-Bomb Dome): www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwb6AJ8rD2Y&hd=1


I hope to have the same luck you do some day. I want to do like a one month back packing trip like my friend did.
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Posted 2/21/13
would love to to live in Japan . the Japanese girls are the hottest around.
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Posted 2/22/13

snoopybunny12 wrote:

would love to to live in Japan . the Japanese girls are the hottest around.


I think you're stuck in anime land.

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Posted 2/22/13 , edited 2/22/13
I just want to know one thing... how does someone, let alone a whole family, just up and leave the US and move to Japan?

I am currently reading this:

www.amazon.com/Getting-Genki-Japan-Adventures-Misadventures/dp/4805311762/


I would love to know how an entire family from Maine can just move right into Tokyo. Like isn't there immigration and stuff like that?

That said, I hate my currently 9-5 job (extremely hostile work environment) and I am highly educated (I also teach Computer Science college courses part time at night ). I am kind of at the point where I just want to pack everything up, and move as far away from my current life as possible. But, there is always the job issue and money. Need to get something else before leaving what you currently got.

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GodWhomIsMike wrote:


snoopybunny12 wrote:

would love to to live in Japan . the Japanese girls are the hottest around.


I think you're stuck in anime land.

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you have no clue and no idea how hot the are . but to each his own .
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Posted 2/23/13
While I love Japan, I have no desire to live there. I'm generally not fond of crowded areas, so unless I was living on the outskirts of a small rural town, I don't see how I would be comfortable for an extended period of time.
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Posted 2/23/13
lived in nagoya for 3 years, married a japanese man there (although we met in america and he proposed to me here). we currently have soon to be two children and raise them in a japanese speaking environment at home. there's a lot of japanese population where we live, too, so it doesn't feel too far from what "home" in japan was.

the first year in japan it was hard, i couldn't say anything really.
by the end of the 3rd year i had neighborhood friends that called me nakama, and they never made me feel like an outsider. so it was a sad farewell (although we see them whenever we visit).

i think being in another country is always hard wherever it is. also, i think islander countries have a certain isolation about them that a lot of mainland people may find hard to adjust to -- but in my opinion, it's not any worse than the ignorance we experience in america, it's just ignorance (although i believe completely innocent) about different things.

i think seeing the rest of the world no matter for how long is healthy for anyone who can afford it. seeing different places broadens a person's world thinking.
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Posted 3/25/13
Yes! Asap
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Posted 3/25/13
yeap.. i wanna become an exchange student in japan...
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Posted 3/28/13 , edited 3/28/13

shotanime wrote:

lived in nagoya for 3 years, married a japanese man there (although we met in america and he proposed to me here). we currently have soon to be two children and raise them in a japanese speaking environment at home. there's a lot of japanese population where we live, too, so it doesn't feel too far from what "home" in japan was.

the first year in japan it was hard, i couldn't say anything really.
by the end of the 3rd year i had neighborhood friends that called me nakama, and they never made me feel like an outsider. so it was a sad farewell (although we see them whenever we visit).

i think being in another country is always hard wherever it is. also, i think islander countries have a certain isolation about them that a lot of mainland people may find hard to adjust to -- but in my opinion, it's not any worse than the ignorance we experience in america, it's just ignorance (although i believe completely innocent) about different things.

i think seeing the rest of the world no matter for how long is healthy for anyone who can afford it. seeing different places broadens a person's world thinking.


any tips living in Japan? I just moved to yuki Ibaraki and its been pretty rough. I have almost 0 Japanese so the only people I have been talking to are internet people and skypeing with my mom and sisters. I hope things get better when work start. Also you cant watch crunchyroll in Japan
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Since my first and bestest of friend was from Japan and she always had stories to tell me. I always dreamt that her and I would go to Japan one day and live their as roommates and even though we no longer keep in touch. I still do dream of living there. Even though I fear that I'm going to be outcasted, I am already outcasted so it won't be any difference. I just don't want to enstrange others with myself but I do want to live there.
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