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Would you rather live in Japan or where you live now? If so why?
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You're asking people on an anime site whether they want to live in Japan?
I think the majority of the answers are going to be pretty obvious.
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I like where I am now but I would love to travel to different places, Japan being one of my first stops.
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Ugh so many responses in this thread make me cringe.

"I like anime so therefore I must go live in Japan."

No.

From the experiences I've had being there while I was younger, anime is still generally looked down upon. Sorry to pop some bubbles.
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rspkers wrote:

You're asking people on an anime site whether they want to live in Japan?
I think the majority of the answers are going to be pretty obvious.


You'd be surprised how many people, including me, would not want to live in Japan no matter what's being offered.
Several reasons have already been given throughout the thread which include the lifestyle and racism.

Some personal reasons for staying here in the Netherlands:
(No, you don't have to ask for the obvious. Yes, I have. No, I quit that stuff nearly a decade ago. )
- I have a pretty fun and challenging job here with great working conditions and job security and an above average sallary.
- I have a large and awesome appartment right smack in the middle of Amsterdam with most major attractions at walking distance.
For a really low monthly rent to boot.
- Everything I need and want is here or otherwise available to me.
- Europe itself still has plenty of interesting places to visit for me.
- My friends and my family!

Don't get me wrong, I do love Japan and I do love going there, but for no longer than a few weeks at a time.
If I were to have to stay there permanently I would go mad.
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I like where I live. The weather is reasonable year round, and rarely gets too high or too low for long periods of time. I like the majority of the people and I have a similar political mind set to those in the area so elections and votes are rarely sources of supreme anger for me.

I would like to travel more, and the concept of spending some time living in Japan would be something I'd think about doing. But the same goes for multiple countries, and has nothing to do with my like of anime/manga/games. Obviously it is a small portion of the culture, and moving to Japan for anime is kind of like someone from Japan moving to the USA because they like Disney movies. Unless you do it as a career move, it does't make a huge amount of sense (and realistically, you have a waaay better shot at becoming an animator in the USA than you do a manga artist or something like that in Japan. Unless you were born to a culture, you will never 100% understand it. Pretty much the first rule of anthropology.)
I'd like to go to countries, primarily where I might understand some of what they are speaking. Part of my family is German-Jewish, so I'd love to spend time in Germany..now..that..things for my people have....eased up a bit. So...I know some Japanese, and instant immersion is the best way to learn a language so I can't say the concept of living there is entirely bad.

I would worry a bit about the huge cultural differences, and the way I'd be perceived. Both in terms of likely being taller than most other women, but facing facts most american women..even if they are of healthy normal weight..are going to be a bit larger than their Japanese counterparts. If you are ..pretty much anything other than Japanese in familiar origin, there could be some issues that pop up too.
Another issue is...last I heard, their economy still wasn't all that great. Not something you really want to hop into with a limited grasp of the culture, language and a job market that isn't at all catered to you.
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hyjinx17 wrote:


Lisu wrote:


butthurtking wrote:

freedom of choices


That doesn't seem like a freedom of choice. xD It's just censor ship, caused by America actually.


wait I'm confused, how is japanese porn being censored being caused by America, where porn is not censored


I should say Western influence, not just American.

-----Article

Connoisseurs of Japanese porn (hi, every single Cracked reader!) will readily note that, when they start getting down to business, all of the sexy bits are pixelated out like they're trying to keep it PG-13. In the meantime, the uniquely Japanese export of "tentacle porn" has become one of the highlights that illustrate just how bizarre Japan really is.

How It's Our Fault:

Despite what the censored porn might imply, nudity has never been taboo in Japanese culture. Not only were women used to walking around topless, but what we call porn was just another common genre of books, like cooking or travel. Japanese porn, or shunga, was a traditional form of visual media that had no stigma attached to it. Most artists created it without violating any type of social code. They were just making pictures of people ****(Sex)

It was only in the 19th century, when Western morality came to Japan, that the Japanese government decided to crack down on such traditional practices as public nudity, in order to make the case to the West that Japan was totally a civilized country.....

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Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_19098_6-wtf-japanese-trends-you-can-blame-white-guys.html#ixzz2LXaILdX1


^^^Link if you want to read the entire article on Cracked.
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I'd love to live in Japan, just because pretty much everything is better!
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HELL no!
Anyone who lives in a western, industrialized nation and who wish they were living in Japan doesn't know what it's really like to live there.
It's crap.



KickTheLJ wrote:

I'd love to live in Japan, just because pretty much everything is better!


Sorry to burst your bubble, but no. It isn't.
http://www.cracked.com/article_20118_5-things-nobody-tells-you-about-living-in-japan.html
Unless things are even worse in England; something I highly doubt...

Something else that the article doesn't mention is that housing is crazy expensive (despite being terrible), and apartments are tiny.
Like "livingroom, kitchen and bedroom in the same room" kind of tiny.

Media (CDs, movies, games, etc.) is also really expensive.
If you're a fan of music, you've probably noticed that many albums have special "Japanese Bonus Tracks" on them for the japanese release of the album. This is why.
Because that's the only thing that makes buying a CD in Japan worth it.
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KickTheLJ wrote:

I'd love to live in Japan, just because pretty much everything is better!


And another cringe worthy post appears.
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If I ever learn to speak nipponggo well and able to live there then why not but for now I'd like to explore my own country first. You know nationalism and all that
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xhuizini wrote:

If I ever learn to speak nipponggo well and able to live there then why not but for now I'd like to explore my own country first. You know nationalism and all that


Nationalism...how i hate thee,the reason for so many wars,the reason for so many orphans,the reason for so much terror.And iwouldn't like to live in japan,its just the same crap in different form.
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Not sure if i would like to live there forever, but if it wasn't for japan, i wouldn't be where i am right now in my life. I will hopefully try to live there and work there for a while, and if i like it, I'll get my own house there if possible.

It's seems easy to imagine the difficulty of suddenly leaving your current lifestyle, and just moving into another one. I definitely want to go to Japan, but until i experience what it is like there for myself, i wouldn't know whether i would live there permanently.

If possible, I'de like to get a house there, travel back and forth
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It's cheaper and more entertaining, so I think I'll stay here in So Cal.
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Syndicaidramon wrote:

HELL no!
Anyone who lives in a western, industrialized nation and who wish they were living in Japan doesn't know what it's really like to live there.
It's crap.



KickTheLJ wrote:

I'd love to live in Japan, just because pretty much everything is better!


Sorry to burst your bubble, but no. It isn't.
http://www.cracked.com/article_20118_5-things-nobody-tells-you-about-living-in-japan.html
Unless things are even worse in England; something I highly doubt...

Something else that the article doesn't mention is that housing is crazy expensive (despite being terrible), and apartments are tiny.
Like "livingroom, kitchen and bedroom in the same room" kind of tiny.

Social media (CDs, movies, games, etc.) is also really expensive.
If you're a fan of music, you've probably noticed that many albums have special "Japanese Bonus Tracks" on them for the japanese release of the album. This is why.
Because that's the only thing that makes buying a CD in Japan worth it.


Haha, I debated linking that article too.

Though in comparison to Philadelphia the apartments and expenses seem rather equal...

But I suppose I got too used to 1 apartment, combined living room/kitchen, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and 3 other room mates. Dx And still paying $250 ish a person per month.
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yeah~ i love the fashion there!! and also.. the weather isn't as sh*t as here in the UK!
but i love where i live right now cause i don't really go out much...
ill probably just go on a 1 month holiday in japan~
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