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Old 2004-12-14, 09:50   Link #41
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The Yamanote line may be slightly expensive, but it is also the most modernized and "western" part of Tokyo as well. I lived in Ikebukuro and was basically 1-3 stops away from everything on either the Yamanote line or the JR. Ikebukuro, Ichigaya, and Roppongi are usual foreigner destinations.
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Old 2004-12-14, 10:12   Link #42
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よろしくです!^^
ぼくのアメリカ人ですね。 オルドタイマーのときょおがいましょうか? え? ^^

Well good luck. ^^ I plan on moving to Okinawa after high school though. My friend Naoki is foreign exchange student from a city there. I'll have to ask for his adress. ^^

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Old 2004-12-14, 13:41   Link #43
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I'm with Wirhe, does it have to be Tokyo? There are other cities in Japan, as hard as it is to believe. :P
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Old 2004-12-14, 14:22   Link #44
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I'm with Wirhe, does it have to be Tokyo? There are other cities in Japan, as hard as it is to believe. :P
Yeah, it does. I've visited other cities in Japan, and I'm set on Tokyo.

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I simply cannot understand why anyone would be willing to pay 2000+ euros per MONTH just so they can live in a tiny cubicle in middle of a city. Why does it have to be Tokyo, the most expensive city in the world?
You are asking this to someone who has voluntarily lived in Manhattan for 10+ years. What can I say? I've got a huge thing for big cities (NYC, London, Tokyo, HK, etc). Maybe growing up a hick is part of that...
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Old 2006-09-07, 18:46   Link #45
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Thinking about moving Japan?????

Im sure a lot of you have some grand dreams about moving to Japan which is all well and good. But rememeber anime is not Japan read this from MSN to see what you most likely would be facing. Its titled This is the New Japan


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14640269/site/newsweek/
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Old 2006-09-07, 21:59   Link #46
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Interesting read, thanks for that
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Old 2006-09-07, 22:15   Link #47
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Indeed, it wasn't what I was expecting but it was very informative none the less.

Thanks.
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Old 2006-09-08, 00:24   Link #49
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Thats globalization for you. No corner of the Earth can remain unaffected.

So what was the purpose of this thread again?
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Old 2006-09-08, 07:20   Link #50
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After I get my software engineering degree, the job I get might transfer me to Japan. That means, it is very unlikely, but I might HAVE to move to Japan in such a case. It happens all the time, i've seen people get transfered over because of their job. Oh well, i've always wanted to visit Japan.
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Old 2006-09-14, 03:28   Link #51
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interesting aspect of japanese culture here!

hope you enjoy it!
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Old 2008-10-21, 06:28   Link #52
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Living in Japan

Does anyone who attends these forums currently have residence within Japan? Within the next few months my living arrangements will be uncertain and I am considering having an extended stay (Perhaps a year or two? Not certain yet) in Japan in order to experience a different culture. I was wondering if I could gather any information on making living arrangements in Japan and if any periphreal studies such as learning Japanese would be necessary. I currently know very little Japanese and plan on studying it in the near future, but I highly doubt I'd be able to communicate efficiently in Japanese around the time I am considering leaving. As far as I know, English is a mandatory language to learn in Japanese schools so I thought I might be able to get by if the majority of people could understand english while I learn Japanese.

I'm getting off topic. Anyways, if anyone could offer some advice feel free to contact me in either a PM or in this thread.
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Old 2008-10-21, 06:38   Link #53
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English may indeed be a compulsory language but the students simply rote-learn it meaning they are rather unprepared for real-life scenarios and their speaking is not exactly up to par.

English is hardly used and you'll probably find it a handful to get around using just English.
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Old 2008-10-21, 07:34   Link #54
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English may indeed be a compulsory language but the students simply rote-learn it meaning they are rather unprepared for real-life scenarios and their speaking is not exactly up to par.

English is hardly used and you'll probably find it a handful to get around using just English.
I second that. The Japanese are somewhat like the French: Even if they do know English, they prefer to use Japanese, as they might be a little conscious of their pronunciation. Some of them, especially the older generation who don't have the experience of working with foreigners, don't know the language at all.
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Old 2008-10-21, 07:53   Link #55
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There are a few people on the AS forums who live in Japan presently. There should be some who had but are living in other countries. For descriptions on living in Japan (like getting an apartment and so on), there are plenty of stories written by people. Yes, the apartments are usually small, and it'll be expensive. Excluding places in NYC, London and so on, possibly. In a major city like Tokyo, however, there are realtors who speak English, but you should be prepared to spend a fair amount of cash for fees, deposit and (more often than not) key money. Not to mention appliances for your new place; I had to pay for my own lighting fixtures...

There are native Japanese who speak English, yes, but not everyone (an understatement here...) remembers their school lessons. Train stations now have English signs (in the cities), but not all of the maps in the trains do. Just FYI.
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Old 2008-10-21, 08:22   Link #56
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This is a good start for you, check this and bookmark it
- This is usually the 1 stop shop for all things foriegn and japan, has lots of links to other companies, articles on general laws and rules of how things work, so if you get some time, sit down, browse the entire site and research

As for living arangements, ironically that's something i'm kinda labouring through now, so some of the other members should be able to give better advice.
Oh.. and may wanna get the 1K, 1DK, 2k etc system down x.x
(wonder if wiki has an explaination key on that...)

Good luck!
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Old 2008-10-21, 08:38   Link #57
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Anyone here lives in Okinawa?

Plan on going to uni there
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Old 2008-10-21, 14:36   Link #58
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I would love to live in a Japanese-styled appartment. I like the way that some of their lounge floors have in-dents in them so that tables can fit into the big gap in the floor so that one has to sit on the floor, with their feet in the gap in the floor, to be in perfect level with the table.

..I cannot imagine that anyone knows what I am stating, but they do look great to have, and also look very neat. Most Japanese houses and such look neat and tidy though. Having a house that resembled an old Edo period (Kyoto) house would be amazing. I would adore that.
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Old 2008-10-22, 03:49   Link #59
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If you want to "experience a different culture", I strongly recommend you to learn the local language, habits and social systems. It is not a comfortable day-tour into Disneyland; you will face many difficulties, be embarrassed, sometimes frustrated; and it is why experience is so invaluable. There are several agencies that undertake complicated settings for you, and you can live in only-English environment in Japan if you really want/need (e.g. business travellers). But such services surely decrease the significance of your plan.

Most Japanese do NOT speak English fluently. Some understand a simple sentence ("excuse me, where is the bus-station?"). But it is safe to get basic linguistic abilities before coming. If you don't speak Japanese at all, it is terribly difficult to find an apartment. Police and some hospitals provide interpretation service, but you should know how to express yourself in case you are in a social trouble or disease.

You are not required to master perfect grammar or vocabulary, though. Awkward sequence of fragmentary words would work well at least.

Living cost differs much according to regions. In Tokyo and Osaka it is highest; you could live at far less money in Shikoku, Kyushu or Hokkaido.
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Old 2008-10-23, 15:54   Link #60
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Mmm... For one reason or another whenever I'm in need of advice i end up at AS..

Anyhoo,
I'm probably going to go to japan next summer for work ( yes, its already set up ).. Any idea on how much japanese will get me by? I believe I'm going to be staying in Osaka, if thats any help
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