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Would you rather live in Japan or where you live now? If so why?
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25 / M / UK
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Posted 2/24/13
If I had the option to I would, beats living in the UK.
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I plan on one day moving to Japan and live there for 1 year minimum, 2 years max. I just feel like I need to.
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28 / M / Seattle
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I would like to live in Japan. Preferably Sapporo because that is as close as I can get to Miku. And I've been everywhere I can be in the states, Canada, and Mexico. This continent is OVER!

is she not just so lovely
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No thanks, I'm a firearms enthusiast. Fun is illegal in Japan.
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Yes! i hear they don't care for anime fans that are white, but i dont know how true that is
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As of now Japan. I haven't had a good life here. But thats not the case of why I'd want to go.

Some of my story idea's and characters are inspired off of Japanese characters and life. Not all of my designs and ideas are. But I will say:There is just as much Japanese inspired material as there is other inspired material.I want to explore-all the well at the same time- study how life there.You can never beat first hand experience.

Secondly I'd like to pay homage and respect to the country :).I'm not sure if I'd like to full time live there. As I've never been. But ya never know.
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I'd really like to visit, but I'm pretty happy living in Oregon. Not knowing Japanese at all wouldn't help me.
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18 / F / Fortree City, Hoenn
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Posted 2/25/13
Why would I even want to live there?
Just so that I can selfishly leave everything behind and move to another place only because I like animes and video games? Oh no, no.. Theres more to life than that.

But I'd loved to visit Japan someday during a vacation maybe, and buy lots of merchandise and souvenirs!
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I would prefer to visit
I want to travel abroad to study there, maybe for a year
Rather stay in San Diego where where all my family and friends are though

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Posted 2/25/13

crownhaha wrote:


About your friend, he put himself in that place, why is he restraining himself? What is keeping him from exploring Japan a bit more? Did he just move there and then settle down immediatly? Cause if so, then he only got himself to blame really, if you ask me atleast.


I agree. At some point in our lives, we choose the environments we live in, and the people we spend our time with. It's up to him to up & leave if he thinks what he's doing, and the people he's with are too boring.
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crownhaha wrote:


antx0r wrote:


crownhaha wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


antx0r wrote:

I have a friend who lives in Japan. He grew up in Southern California (where I grew up), he speaks fluent Japanese and has a pretty decent job with Google. At first he loved it there, but after a few months, he said it got really boring. The people there are like robots, they are too set in certain routines and many aren't very adventurous, which he thinks stems from their extreme prejudice, which they try very hard to hide, but that just makes it worse. He says that the Japanese (for the most part) live to work, rather than work to live. Also, everything is super expensive. Things are convenient, clean and efficient, but there's very little real variety. For example, a Mexican restaurant, an Italian restaurant and an American style diner have food that look different, but taste exactly the same - bland.

He says it's a great place to visit, but a terrible place to live, but the Japanese believe they live in the greatest country in the world. Yes, many in the people in the US believe the same, but for all the faults and problems the US has, at least Americans are willing to admit their problems and so eventually fixing them. The Japanese seem to have a harder time coming to terms with their problems. In Japan it's 600 times harder to sue someone, which may seem like a good thing, but ironically, it creates an environment where people get screwed all the time, very politely too. In the US, people may not be so polite, but you get screwed less, for the simple fear of not wanting to get sued. He wants to move back to the US.

So basically, even if you had the advantage of knowing the language and having a good job there, apparently, it isn't a very nice place to live...


That's exactly how I imagined it. Huh, interesting. Regardless, like you said, it is a lovely place to visit - but not necessarily to live in. Is that why whenever, say for example, a Japanese teenager transfers overseas to an American school they are usually all over the place after a few days or weeks, compared to when they first arrive. No wait, that could just be the whole adapting to a new environment thing, and also it depends on their personality..



Seriously, you can't really conclude about how living at a certain place would be like from someone elses opinion. You would have to go there yourself. I've read lots on the internet about peopel visiting/studying in Japan and wether or not it would be nice living there and whatnot. And guess what, some love it, some don't. As an example I read on a blog who's owner had studied Japanese in Japan and he really enjoyed it, and most of what he wrote really deviates from what the guy you quoted did. I would really like for some of the people here to read it but it's in my mothertounge (Swedish) and google translate would probably ruin the experience. However. Don't judge something based on what others say, experience it yourself.


Obviously individual experiences will vary. Not everyone can afford to just uproot and go live in Japan, and so the experiences of others are important in determining whether such a venture is worth the cost and commitment. The problem with some of the experiences of others is that most people only really VISIT Japan. Going there to study for a few months, I think is still considered visiting, because the people that go to Japan to "study" implicitly or explicitly intent to return. From what my friend tells me, that intent to return or not really does change your experience. My friend actually went there to live, that is, he went with no intention to return. Quote: "things really changed when I went from saying 'that's how THEY live' to 'that's how WE live.'"

My friend's biggest complaint about Japan is that it gets really boring. He's the type that doesn't like to do the same things over and over again. Not a big fan of routine. He told me that the ramen in Japan is amazing, that any ramen place in Japan will blow away any ramen place in the US hands down. Problem is, every single ramen shop tastes the same. The ramen is awesome, but there is no variety. He dislikes going out after work with his co-workers because they go to the same bar, have the same drinks and talk about the same things every day. Everyone is polite to each other, nobody talks shit or gets into fights, not even heated verbal arguments. He says that the Japanese are so emotionally repressed that it's no wonder they're so perverted.

I actually plan to go visit him next time I get some time off. He's very excited for when I get there, because he knows we'll probably go on some rampage lol. Both of us have almost gotten arrested several times when we used to hang out back when he still lived in the US for shenanigans we used to pull, especially when we got drunk. Fun times.


As I said, reading about other peoples experience isn't bad, but remember to keep an open mind, that's all. Cause no matter what it always boils down to personal preference and whatnot. I see now that maybe I should've explained a bit more about the whole studying part. These "months" I was talking about is only the introduction, where you learn enough Japanese to find yourself a part-time job on your own and then you continue from there. The goal is to study for 2 years and learn enough Japanese to be able to get yourself into the university or something of the like. So this is really preparing to be able to live by yourself in Japan, not just visiting for a few months.

About your friend, he put himself in that place, why is he restraining himself? What is keeping him from exploring Japan a bit more? Did he just move there and then settle down immediatly? Cause if so, then he only got himself to blame really, if you ask me atleast.


My friend actually really wanted to live in Japan and visited there many times before being offered a job there. He has explored it quite extensively. Part of the reason why I'm going to visit him over vacation is because he's promised he'd do a better job of taking me sightseeing than those guided tours (which was my original plan). I fully understand that his perspective is just one of many. Who knows how others experiences may be, I'm sure there's plenty of people who move to Japan and love it there. My main point is that many people (especially on CR, since it is an anime site and all) think of Japan as this land of milk and honey and that's it's so much of a better place to live than where they currently reside. The whole, the grass is greener on the other side concept. My friend doesn't hate it in Japan, he's not leaving any time soon, but after living there, I guess he's come to the realization that, well, there's no place like home...
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antx0r My friend actually really wanted to live in Japan and visited there many times before being offered a job there. He has explored it quite extensively. Part of the reason why I'm going to visit him over vacation is because he's promised he'd do a better job of taking me sightseeing than those guided tours (which was my original plan).


I've never gone to Japan with a guided tour, and I never will.
One of the reasons is because I read what they're all about and how bloody tight the schedule is on most of them.
You never get enough time to actually go and explore the place you're in without sacrificing either a regular eating or sleeping patern, or both and you get too little time to really look at things to learn about and appreciate it.
Aside from that most tours make you avoid having to interact with locals, the "locals" you get to interact with are mostly employed by the agency you go with.

Sure, you get to see Japan. But you won't get the Japan experience.

I don't want to completely downtalk Guided tours, in my opinion they are a great opportunity for (usually elder) people that want to see the country once in their lifetime.
But if you, as a Japan lover, looking at the average age of the people on this forum making a more serious case of going to or wanting to live in Japan (completely ignoring the weaboos), decide to go on one of those I'll be the one to say you have no taste for adventure.
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I would choose to live where i am now for the money and opportunities, if i didn't really care about money, i'd live in japan, without a doubt.
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I’d like to live where I am now... Cause Japan isn’t a wonderland like a lot of anime viewers seem to think. Its not much different than any other country besides the fact misconduct is more highly frowned upon and politeness is very important...
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Yes, because I prefer Japanese style of schools and education sooo much more than the American style.
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