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Would you rather live in Japan or where you live now? If so why?
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Posted 1/26/13
I'd like to live everywhere at some point - but then in reality I'd never live anywhere.
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Well other then the rainbow haired teens and giant flying robots. Haha just kidding they have that too XD. But it really is an awesome place. Osaka is beautiful.
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Well, since all of the weaboos can't remember history, I'll remind them:
-A lot of the older people there are still butthurt over getting bent over (pun intended) by our naval superiority during WWII.
-Any 'culture' or 'cultural development' they may have recently had is because of us imposing our supposedly 'bad' or 'inferior' culture on them, and you may be wondering why. If you must know, open a history book, preferably one that has details on this thing called 'World War II', or any description of post-war occupation, circa 1945-present.
-Don't go to Okinawa. EVER. If you wonder why, ask the Marine Corps why they feel the need to get their rocks off with children and force bases in to lockdowns.

You might also want to note the folowing:
-RACISM is still fairly prevalent outside of Tokyo! (and even some inside of Tokyo!) That means if you do not look like a local, they will avoid you like the plague. If you're asian but not of Japanese ancestry, it's pretty much the same thing, just to a lesser extent.
-The only places foreigners will ever go are Akihabara and Shibuya (which are too expensive for anybody with less money than Lewis Hamilton anyway). If you see foreigners anywhere else, they're probably USN (like myself).

Oh yeah, you'll love this bit: for the most part, a lot of Japanese people can't speak ANY English! ZOMG! How shocking! It's like they speak a different language or something!

All this means before you go, learn the language. I don't mean "buy a phrasebook", I mean "be fluent", and learn social customs so you don't insult everybody and create an international incident. Of course, if you don't heed my advice, you can go to Japan and see how long being a clueless foreigner lasts you. If you don't know anything before you go: brace for culture shock, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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this^
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Heh... Weaboos...
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I haven't lived there but I've spent a fair bit of time there on a few occasions. Bicycling a few hundred miles taught me that the majority of Japanese people are not racist. There were a couple of times where I felt I was getting the cold shoulder but those instances were very few. In fact the way I experienced it was that the further you were from a major city the more friendly people were. I attribute it to the novelty of seeing a gaijin outside of the big cities.

I do have to say, I was nowhere near Okinawa. I've heard bad things about Okinawa. Then again I've got a buddy who tells about some great experiences he's had with locals when he was stationed in Okinawa . Though he was Air Force so that may have made a difference.

There are definitely times though when I felt very alone. Not shunned or isolated. Just alone. From the friends I've had that have lived in Japan that's a pretty normal thing.
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One of my friends just got out of the Marines, and he was literally in Okinawa for all of an hour before another Marine raped a civilian woman, and every base in Japan was locked down because of that for the next 3 weeks, and nobody was allowed on or off base for any reason.
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Posted 1/26/13
Japan, since there's not really anything to do up in the woods here anyway.
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i'd say that i would rather live here because i know the languages of the region.while in japan, i wouldnt know anything about that culture,language and way of life.
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I like where I live now, I wouldn't really move to Japan if only for the fact that I don't comprehend the language or even know the basics of it, or the culture or how to conduct myself. If I did know, then hell yes!

If I were to live elsewhere, it would probably be somewhere in France, since I have some idea of how to live there.
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I've spent a fair amount of time in Japan and I absolutely love it there; however, I am an American and proud of it.

My family have all been veterans for generations, I myself am a veteran. We have fought, bled, risked our lives and watched friends die to protect our homeland. The current cultural shifts are extremely unfortunate and if something isn't done, all of the efforts and blood of generations will be wasted. We didn't go overseas and fight so that NYC could tell our families what size soda they can buy -- we were in it for the freedom and now that is disappearing. I have found myself seriously considering a move to Japan.

But one does not simply move to Japan. They have very tough immigration laws (something I like) and it is difficult to get a visa without work arranged ahead of time. They also have more day-to-day laws that I do not like. I would miss my guns, my porn, and my wide open spaces, but Japan has a lot to offer. Japan is a very safe country. I lived in Seattle and I would never take a shortcut through an alley without a gun for worry of being attacked. I've been blind-drunk in a gutter in Japan and the people helped me.

Japan keeps all of the best toys for themselves, the Japanese don't work only for profit like American companies -- they do build business relationships. That includes releasing their newest and best product lines domestically first. If you're a tech geek, Japan is the place to be (in the city anyway).

The food is wonderful. The drinks are great. Customer service is the best in the world. Cherry Blossoms falling like snow is an amazing sight. Girls have great figures. People are generally more open but respect privacy. It is an entirely different culture.

If you are a Japanophile fascinated by Japan, then you probably have no idea what it is really like. I sure didn't. It was nothing like I expected growing up. Still, as an adult seeing the reality of Japan, I fell in love with it. It is very different and there are legal and cultural differences I disagree with, but it works very well for Japan.

I am not eager to leave the US. Too much has been invested to simply give up on it. Still, if I were to live anywhere else in the world, it would almost certainly be Japan.
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I would LOVE to visit to get a feel for it first, and then maybe have more information to decide what I want to do. Maybe I'd live there for a while but I hear engineering jobs pay kinda poorly in Japan (my major is Aerospace Engineering) and as other posters have said, I would be just to far away from my friends and family to live the rest of my days there. My question in response is, where can you find a slice of Japan within the United States? Preferably somewhere similar to Tokyo but if there is a rural equivalent that would be interesting as well.
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Ehh, i would love to visit Japan, I am not sure i would want to live there though. I am quite sure i have a very romanticized view of Japan, just like anywhere else, in the world. There is a huge difference between living somewhere and visiting somewhere. Now, that being said, until i found the job i have now, i did like living in different cities every few years.
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CLarose wrote:


meo0o0111 wrote:

I live in Japan right now and although I do love it here I still like it better in the states


There you go! An opinion from someone who actually lives in Japan.

What makes things better in the states than in Japan, in your opinion, If I may ask?


Well Japan has a lot of good things going for it. I mean literally everything is adorable and there is lots of anime and the arcades here are what american arcades wish they could be. But that being said in the states EVERYTHING is cheaper. I'm talking here its a dollar to play a game in an arcade and about 6$ to take a road to a city 30 minutes away. The roads here are incredibly small and if it snows there is basically 0 chance that the roads will be taken care of. Lots of places, especially once you get out of the big cities and go to the smaller cities or towns, look like they are ancient, granted they kind of are, but when everything is old and run down you get kinda tired of it. Also I'm not talking about temples and the such. The old temples are actually really cool!! and the castles in the north are definitely worth a trip. That being said food here is good. Different but good. I find myself missing food from the states. No pizza tastes like pizza, haven't seen fried rice in a long time. The Japanese food is delicious, but thats expected seeing that its, well Japan haha. Overall Japan is a really cool place to see and definitely worth a visit! As far as living here though? I say you would probably want to pass.
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Posted 1/27/13
Japan!! because there would be more people that actually watch anime and its interesting :3
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