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Who here has lived in Japan?

Who here would like to live in Japan?

What would you like to know specifically about living in Japan?

Would you like to know how you can do it?

Like many fans of anime who wouldn't like to visit or even live in Japan. Well I for one have lived in Japan. I realized the dream about a year ago. I left a few months ago and now living in Ecuador but plan on going back.

I'm here to answer any questions and if you like I can show you how to move and live in Japan.
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Eh, I'd only like to visit. I'd rather stay and live in my home country. Just because you like anime a lot doesn't necessarily mean you should move to Japan. If you truly want to move to Japan, I would suggest to research and delve deeper into their culture. Anime is just a form of media they produce, that's it.
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I wouldn't be against a three or four-day trip there. But living there? Not at all.

I would at least attract attention. Wide shoulders, big hands, tall. I'd be too out of place.

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For a friend: Are there many jobs there for teaching English that pay well?

Have you been to the holy city Akihabara? Is it as crazy as I see in anime?
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Rujikin wrote:

For a friend: Are there many jobs there for teaching English that pay well?


Yes & no.. You'd honestly have better luck trying to teach English in some other country like China or something. Here's a link for your friend that sort of explains some of it:

http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com/teach-english-japan
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I wouldn't be against a three or four-day trip there. But living there? Not at all.



^ This
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Rujikin wrote:

For a friend: Are there many jobs there for teaching English that pay well?


I can actually answer at least part of that question for you. There's actually a few exchange programs for English speaking teachers to teach in Japan. One of them is called the JET program. https://jetprogramusa.org/ As long as your friend has the proper education to qualify for the program, they should be able to apply. And applications for the program are actually open right now.
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Since the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident, are there areas, foods, beverages that are avoided? Are there any special precautions that are taken, if the weather report says that there will be winds coming from the Fukushima area? That sort of thing.
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I'll be staying there for almost a month this coming November and my girlfriend and I are very excited about it. I put in a lot of time and effort to study the language (both written and spoken) via textbooks, SRS apps, kanji learning systems, and online teachers. I'm still struggling a lot with Kanji and it'll take another few more years before I can say that I've reached 95%+ fluency. However, despite all that, I still have no desire to work and live there at this point for several reasons. The cost of living and the average income are so disparate in urban areas like Tokyo for people in my profession so I'll have to change fields. Maybe later on, who knows? I joked around with my girlfriend about moving there and becoming an English teacher and she can be like grandma Venetia from an NHK gardening show. I speak several languages fluently so I have a few options lol
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For a friend: Are there many jobs there for teaching English that pay well?
Have you been to the holy city Akihabara? Is it as crazy as I see in anime?


There are plenty of jobs there teaching English but they do not pay as well as you would think. Basically a living wage. China actually pays alot more and has better benefits with a lower cost of living in most parts outside of the Big 3 major more known cities (Shanghai, Beijing, HongKong). China has a ton of big cities ranging in the 500,000-3 million mark so not PODUNK. But that is China. Japan has English jobs a plenty but honestly they don't pay that well. Just a living wage. But hey it is an entrance.

Have I visited Akiba! YES! YES! and YES! I went there quite often. It was everything I dreamed and more. Yes it was totally awesome and overwhelming at the same time. What I did hate though is most shops closed at 8:00. So get there early!


Eh, I'd only like to visit. I'd rather stay and live in my home country. Just because you like anime a lot doesn't necessarily mean you should move to Japan. If you truly want to move to Japan, I would suggest to research and delve deeper into their culture. Anime is just a form of media they produce, that's it.


To be honest, once you leave the country to actually live somewhere for awhile you begin to have your eyes opened to new experiences. Japan trumps the US in so many ways. I can't believe how annoyed I am with the US seeing it from the outside in.

Here is a prime example. Japan is a country whose cost of living, government structure and technology who are very close to ours. When living in Japan I had a medical emergency and had to go to the Emergency room. Ambulance and all. I was in an out within an hour.
I had no insurance, took an ambulance, got an xray, dr visit, medication and a prescription- total cost = 90 USD. Yup you heard it right. 90 USD for all that. In the US with good insurance that would have cost me 2000 and I would have spent 3-5 hours in the ER for no reason.
Also I ate healthier. I lost 20 lbs. Not just from the walking but from the food. I ate all I wanted. Lost weight and didn't even have to think about my diet.
People had more manners. Lower crime rate. Clean streets. Recyling. Better cities, Transportation and order. I could be in a line of 50 people and make it through the line in 10 minutes vs the US where I have 2 people in front of me and it takes 10 minutes. People took pride in their work. I didn't have that big fat lazy cashier who walks with a limp and in a ghetto voice says "may I help you" No Bon Qui Qui's.
Not saying Japan is perfect just better in some areas.
I recommend get out of that box if you can and experience life in another country. You will either hate where you live now or appreciate it even more or at least come to a new understanding.

Okay about the Anime part. It is everywhere but expensive to see back issues plus it is all in Japanese. Crunchyroll is the best.
And yes you don't want to move to Japan because of Anime. Anime is dorky in Japan as well. It is really funny how Anime is EVERYWHERE. In EVERY picture, advertisement, and street corner and yet the Japanese act like it is the most disgusting thing ever to like it. Yes liking anime is dorky in Japan too, probably even more so.

I will say though that living there was AWESOME! Everyday was something new and interesting. Where else can I sit next to a Sumo wrestler and 5 old ladies in Kimono's going to a wedding. And yes this did happen. :)


Since the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident, are there areas, foods, beverages that are avoided? Are there any special precautions that are taken, if the weather report says that there will be winds coming from the Fukushima area? That sort of thing


Not that I'm aware of. I probably would have heard something because Japanese are very cautious. For example after Aug 13, no one goes to the beach. Aug 12 if okay but Aug 13 is Jellyfish season and the end of summer, thus no life guards. People think your crazy going on that date. Yes it is very specific. Japanese err on the side of caution. I remember an Earthquake in California that caused a mini tsunami, well waves bigger than 1 meter off the coast. The alarms went off. It was funny seeing as there was no real threat but Japanese don't play with danger except for Tokyo Drifters and Bozos.(Bikers) But Japanese definitely worry about everything health related. That is a big discussion in Japan, the health and weather. I think the biggest thing that bothers allergies for most is the wind blowing in Yellow sand and pollution from China. We got warnings on that.




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One day I'll go spend a good 2 weeks to a month there, maybe.

Checked the JET website sweet, I'd be eligible Bachelor's and CETLA, I'll keep that in mind if I want a change of pace, although currently like my current job too much to leave though

If I ever go the teaching route, I'd spend 1, maybe 2 years top.
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One day I'll go spend a good 2 weeks to a month there, maybe.

Checked the JET website sweet, I'd be eligible Bachelor's and CETLA, I'll keep that in mind if I want a change of pace.


Go for a month! There is a ton to see. Find a good sharedhouse or a good Airbnb. Stay in business motels or find a Japanese family to stay with. Go for a month. Get the JR Shinkansen pass for 21 days so you can visit all major cities in Japan.

http://www.jrpass.com/?gclid=CNC1-JW5xc8CFcJkhgodQu8Apg

If you have a Bachelors you should be good to go to move there. Go visit and look for a job while there. Just make sure to not let immigration know you are there to look for a job. They may look at you suspiciously even though it is perfectly okay to do so. I would do it.
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To be honest, once you leave the country to actually live somewhere for awhile you begin to have your eyes opened to new experiences. Japan trumps the US in so many ways. I can't believe how annoyed I am with the US seeing it from the outside in.


I was mainly saying you shouldn't move to Japan just because of anime. Personally, I don't know enough about Japan to make such a big life decision, so there's no reason to move there when I only know as little as their media that they produce. Which is only a fraction of their entire culture mind you. I have too much family and friends here anyway that I'd have to leave behind, so moving to another country doesn't really interest me. However, Japan is on my bucket list before I die. I will make a very hard effort to plan a one week trip there sometime in my adulthood
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I'm not the least bit interested in visiting or living in Japan. There are so many other countries I would want to go to first.
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I was mainly saying you shouldn't move to Japan just because of anime. Personally, I don't know enough about Japan to make such a big life decision, so there's no reason to move there when I only know as little as their media that they produce. Which is only a fraction of their entire culture mind you. I have too much family and friends here anyway that I'd have to leave behind, so moving to another country doesn't really interest me. However, Japan is on my bucket list before I die. I will make a very hard effort to plan a one week trip there sometime in my adulthood


Oh yeah I caught that. You should not move because of anime. But it is as cool as I thought it was. The culture is awesome.
check out the anime "MY Love Story" It cracked me up cause many of the activities they did in the movie we did in real life.

In some cases, as much as many Japanese deny it, art does mimic life.

Example: Every school girl had a their skirt hiked up to where you can almost see their panties. Just like in the anime, that was real life. I was floored. Although the big boobs is a myth in anime, lol. Short skirts = 100% legit. If you didn't hike it up enough you were considered, Emo. In Japanese it means "Potato girl or boy" basically country bumpkin. It has a proper length but the girls would roll it up at the top to shorten it.

Oh and the spikey cool hair on the guys. Yup 100% real as well.


I'm not the least bit interested in visiting or living in Japan. There are so many other countries I would want to go to first.


Agreed! There are many awesome countries to visit. I'm particularly fond of Asian countries. Korea and Thailand are among my favorite. I think I'll be moving to one of those in the next two years. For now I've moved to Latin America.
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