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I just lived in Japan for a year...any questions about life there or stereotypes?
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Posted 6/18/14

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What region did you live in? Kanto, Kinki, Hokkaido, etc...

in a grocery market what was the potatoes labled as? was it 馬鈴薯 (じゃがいも) (jagaimo) or was it ポテト(poteto). i got into an argument about a friend over this. i only traveled around the kanto region. maybe on other places they used the loan word but every market i went to had it labeled jagaimo and fast food used poteto for "french fries"

did you have your own personal internet connection? last time i visited. the persons house i was staying at the default dns would not resolve a lot of us domains i was trying to visit.

Where you on a work Visa or did you apply for a long-term residency? considering with an american passport the maximum Visa-free stay time is 90 days

did you goto a school culture festival? i went to one, my friend was an english teacher and his class sizes where only about 6-15 students and he taught at a private academy. compared to anime the culture festival was really small and just a little underwhelming.
But in a (public) prefecture school it might be different.


I was in yamanashi prefecture. And to be honest I didn't buy any potatoes, just lots and lots of rice haha I was staying in a dormitory so the dorm had its own personal connection. But there were a lot of site I did not have access to, for example, crunchyroll. Student visa which is good for a year. I went to yamanashi university which is one of the best in japan. The festival was huge and lasted a couple of days. Very very popular and we had the band Flow perform..they did some of the op/ed for naruto.
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Posted 6/18/14

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Do you realy have to leave the shoes at the entrance of the house when enterting in?


yes, that is a requirement in ANY house. Unlike america where its only common in some households...even in some restaurants, you have to take your shoes off. mostly izakaya style which is where you sit on the floor to eat.
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Posted 6/18/14

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So many questions, but i'll go with this one, what are the bentos like?


Lets just say...the bento saved my life haha I was eating one pretty much every day unless there was a party.


Man i wish i could try one.


Yeah I miss them a lot...but the best lunches were the one the girls homemade for me
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Posted 6/18/14 , edited 6/18/14

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I'm thinking about going there for college, do you think that it will be 10x harder to study there than america? Also did you have to change your name to a Japanese name?


Ummm I would say yes..only because they'll be teaching you in japanese..I was taking some japanese language courses and they were all in japanese. 100%..so unless you have a sold base already you might have trouble..but you might also be able to pick it up fast.
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Posted 6/18/14

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I assume you got your own harem as soon as you set foot in the country.


Of course. That was my first order of business.
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Posted 6/18/14

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Is the anime fan base as huge as it's made out to be?


Not exactly but it is way more obvious. Like in any given convenience store you'll have racks of manga and mags. Well usually you'll see 5 or 6 people in each convenience store (at the ones close to university) reading manga right there while standing. You do see a lot of anime advertisements in the cities and stuff but it's not you go to japan and EVERYONE likes anime.
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Posted 6/18/14

Captainkirko wrote:

How is the atmosphere within Japan about the Fukushima incident dealing with radiation poisoning?

Was there a limitation on fish? Did you eat any fish and if so was it only from the west coast of Japan?

Is it worth traveling to Japan even for 1-2 days just to visit Akihabara?


I didnt really go anywhere that showed any signs of still recovering from that..although I'm sure they are there. And honestly..unless you're a big tech guy or into games (not like rpg or console games. like 2-d fighting games and sound/rhythm games) it woulnt be worth going.
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Wait wut? CR not in japan how you did to watch anime? VPN? or you just undertand japanese so good to be able to enjoy TV there?
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Posted 6/18/14

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did you eat the good Ramen places in the most random places?


Of course man! There are so many random family owned shops with the big ass bowls of ramen like you see in naruto...the ramen there is UNREAL ..so amazing.
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Posted 6/18/14

sketdancer96 wrote:

i was wondering this as well

Kikusui10 said is the anime fan base as huge as it's made out to be?
and also what are the drinks like? the vending machines always seemed like they had a billion choices in anime XD and what was the weather like?

The vending machines are pretty great...you do see a lot of variety and they are everywhere ..you can even find a lot of them selling cigs and beer haha but you have to have a special card from the city to use them.
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Posted 6/18/14

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How technologically advanced is the place because I've heard that they have the highest technology for the average person?

Is the stereotype that Japan has the best technology true?


Umm it's not obvious...there was nothing that really said they were like...so much more advanced than everyone else
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Posted 6/18/14

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My one and only question...why did you move back to this country of all places? lol


I was just there to study haha


Ha! Fair enough.

Though on a more serious note what was the tuition and living arrangements like? Basically just overall living conditions in general. I'm planning to study there abroad so I want a better picture of what I'm getting into rather than going in over my head.


Well, it depends on if you live in an apt or dorm...if you live in a dorm..most like you will have to pay for everything..I had to pay for water, electric, gas, food, rent, internet, and some other stuff as well. Per month I was looking at like..$150 about. Not bad at all. Dorm rooms are usually single rooms but super small and the bathrooms...well...lets just say if you're overweight at all..you'll have problems using your rooms bathroom haha like just to shower you have to swing the sink over the toliet and stand where your sink was. Then you have to swing the sink back to use the toliet..
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Posted 6/18/14 , edited 6/18/14

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Whats the night life there like? Are the drinking laws strict there?


It depends on where you live. If you live in a relatively rural place like I did...it usually dies after like 6-7pm. If you live in certain places in tokyo...there are things to do and people on the streets 24-7. I mean...shibuya is my favorite city...just a nonstop party.
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Posted 6/18/14

IngramIV wrote:

Wait wut? CR not in japan how you did to watch anime? VPN? or you just undertand japanese so good to be able to enjoy TV there?


I tried some vpn but nothing was really working..and at this point I can understand most of an anime..maybe 60-70% depending on the show..like if it's a slice of life anime where most of the dialogue is between friends then yeah, easy enough. But if it's like a scientific anime or philosophical or something like that...HAHAHAHA maybe 10%.
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One last thing. How the Japanese people treat you or any other when they know that you are from America or when you speak in English?
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