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I just lived in Japan for a year...any questions about life there or stereotypes?
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blackthunder7377Well, 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..


._. Wow that's a surprise, never expected it to be so low (Sure you're not missing another 0? Haha). And honestly with me being a recluse I'm always in my room to begin with lol.

How much was food and other types of media? Also was the learning experience better compared to an american college? And was there any culture shock involved?
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do you "accidentally" trip into some girls huge boobs at least 3 times a day???
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I plan to study abroad. Is it true peanut butter is hard to get in Japan? What foods/snacks that are hard to get in Japan do you suggest I bring over as gifts?
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Is it more cheaper to live there compared to the U.S.?
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Stonewolfe wrote:

My only question and this is obviously the only question that matters.


Did Sempai Notice You?




He still hasn't answered this one yet. I don't think he wants to talk about it. (I guess Sempai didn't notice him).
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I would not say ANY household.
My friend was living in a western style place. It had treated hardwood floors with no risers. The only thing I can think that wasn't similar to here (it was closer to European style than American) was the restroom/bathroom. Though I am sure western style only makes up less than 5% of homes. The other 95% of non-public places do have floors that would scar / damage from the hard soles of shoes

I would say almost ANY household
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Dubnoman wrote:


Stonewolfe wrote:

My only question and this is obviously the only question that matters.


Did Sempai Notice You?




He still hasn't answered this one yet. I don't think he wants to talk about it. (I guess Sempai didn't notice him).


I have noticed this... Poor Kouhai...

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Were tentacle monsters a common problem for you?
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I heard from someone who went to be visit there that in stores all the clothes for women are size 0 because it is unacceptable to be fat in Japan, is this true?
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For somebody visiting Japan I would say it's largely very easy to get back with no or very little Japanese.
Outside of what the original poster mentioned, I would personally suggest that writing is a very effective way to communicate in English in Japan. Japanese tend to be shy and reserved about speaking in English if they don't know it well (sure we can all relate to any language) but more open to reading/writing. Plus it can be difficult to verbally understand each other in either language due to the difference in how we pronounce words.

Google Translate (both text and voice) can do amazing things. If it haven't seen it in action you should try it out - you can talk to your phone, and it will translate in both text & speech for the other person and they can do the same back. It doesn't always have the most perfect translations but it will be close enough for you to understand each others' intent. When using the voice option and speaking to your phone (usually) I recommend that you make sure it recorded (in text) what you said correctly before performing the translation. By default it simply translates when you're done talking but last I used it there's a option to approve the text recording then press the button to translate into text & speech. This way you can verify things like "days" and "daze".
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I would not say ANY household.
My friend was living in a western style place. It had treated hardwood floors with no risers. The only thing I can think that wasn't similar to here (it was closer to European style than American) was the restroom/bathroom. Though I am sure western style only makes up less than 5% of homes. The other 95% of non-public places do have floors that would scar / damage from the hard soles of shoes

I would say almost ANY household


Wearing your shoes into somebody else's home is a cultural thing that applies to all types of homes. It's not so much only a matter of the potential of damaging the floors but respecting their home by not dragging dirt in from outside and leaving it everywhere.

That's not to say that nobody is okay with you wearing your shoes in their home, but you should ask if it's okay if you're under the impression that you can. Don't fall into the false belief that it's okay just because you don't believe you'd damage their property.
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This one is personal, so i'd understand if you'ed rather not answer it.

Did you form a relationship out there?

Most times in Anime, the transfer student falls in love. lol The real world is almost never like that, but I thought I'd ask.
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blackthunder7377 wrote:


pvcconvoy wrote:


blackthunder7377 wrote:


pvcconvoy wrote:

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


wait, are you serious!?
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Sorry it it was already answered but what did you study while you were there?

And would you reccomend having basic Japanese or could you go about without any background knowledge?

How did you learn your Japanese? Or did you take classes?

I want to study abroad in Japan and I'm currently learning the language in my free time.

Sorry about all the questions lol thanks.
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Is the public transportation still pretty good in rural areas, or is it basically a single road that gets you where you need to be?

Did you study abroad through a specific university (like a sister college) or did you do so with an alternative method?

Where did you go and see outside of where your college was based (in Yamanashi)? What was your favorite 'tourist' locale if you have one?

Is the food almost always fresh (or at least tastes/looks fresh)? I tend to have a belief that Japanese food is almost always fresh compared to their international counterparts, and I was wondering if this was true (at least in your experience).
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