What's life like living in Japan

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What's life like living in Japan

Post by GlamourGirl40 » Jul 31st, '07, 23:46

Japan seems like an interesting country. What's it like there?

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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 1st, '07, 00:02

well ive only lived here for just over 2 months so far but I can tell you its awsome!!!
At the moment incredibly hot but thats forgivable ^_^
If you dont understand any of the language living in Japan would be rather difficult, I know its difficult enough for me and I can speak some.
Japan is exactly as interesting as it seem, well even better to tell you the truth!

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Post by GlamourGirl40 » Aug 7th, '07, 18:49

i guess i have to start learning japanese then

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Post by LaMortImmortelle » Aug 10th, '07, 05:16

hmm i'm curious about this too...

I want to go someday and am planning on self studying it :)

Out of curiousity, i hear that there is a difference between gender roles in japan. Do you feel that they are exceptionally obvious and derogetory?

Also are they as perverse as i've heard? haha

btw yorokobi, are you there on holiday? or studying/working?

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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 10th, '07, 05:24

LaMortImmortelle wrote:hmm i'm curious about this too...

I want to go someday and am planning on self studying it :)

Out of curiousity, i hear that there is a difference between gender roles in japan. Do you feel that they are exceptionally obvious and derogetory?

Also are they as perverse as i've heard? haha

btw yorokobi, are you there on holiday? or studying/working?
Im working her on a tutorship (basically mean i help out in english classes at a school) for a year

i sometimes feel the difference in gender roles very obvious
even in schools the seperate the genders
for example PE, im used to everyone doing PE together but her the boys and girls have different PE classes where they play different sport (boy sports like soccer and baseball and girl sports like volleyball)

perverse? yes some can be very perverse!

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Post by LaMortImmortelle » Aug 10th, '07, 05:41

haha do you have stories to tell?!?!
Hehe i'd love to hear them
Have you heard of http://www.gaijinsmash.net/
The guy blogs about his life as a english tutor in japan too..and he has some very funny stories to tell!!

Oh you are a tutor :O I want to do that after a few years myself too!
How is it so far? Did you find it hard to adjust..hehe sorry i'm just going to be interrogating you now ^^

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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 10th, '07, 05:48

LaMortImmortelle wrote:haha do you have stories to tell?!?!
Hehe i'd love to hear them
Have you heard of http://www.gaijinsmash.net/
The guy blogs about his life as a english tutor in japan too..and he has some very funny stories to tell!!

Oh you are a tutor :O I want to do that after a few years myself too!
How is it so far? Did you find it hard to adjust..hehe sorry i'm just going to be interrogating you now ^^
stories?hmm well im not much of a story teller what kind of stories were you after?

How is it so far? well ive been her scince may and scince im on a tutorship through the high school i was at they are homestaying me over her so i get to live with a japanese family. However i change families every few months and am in my second one at the moment. However it is very fun and its great to be invovlved in the japanese way of life.

Had to adjust? Yes very much so. I studied Japanese all through high school so i could speak and write when i came here but for some reason as soon as i got here all my speaking skills just dissapeared, i must have been nervous of something. So for the first month or so I didnt really speak much. It was handy though that i knew some students in the school because they had come on school trips to my high schooland a couple had stayed with me. Also when i arrived they were organising the school festival so i had lots of time to help out and talk to people and make new friends so bit by bit i got more used to speaking the language which i felt was key to adjusting to living there.

Haha I dont mind if you interogate me, im glad somebody's interested ^_^

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Post by LaMortImmortelle » Aug 10th, '07, 05:54

lol anything weird that happened i suppose...oh um...like examples of the pervertedness...lol

Oh so are you there as a exchange program with your highschool?

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Post by babydancer » Aug 10th, '07, 05:56

what if you don't speak nor do you write japanese?
cause I`m thinking of also teaching english in japan for a year or so.

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Post by babydancer » Aug 10th, '07, 05:58

what if you don't speak nor do you write japanese?
cause I`m thinking of also teaching english in japan for a year or so.

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Post by cantiara » Aug 10th, '07, 05:59

LaMortImmortelle wrote: Have you heard of http://www.gaijinsmash.net/
The guy blogs about his life as a english tutor in japan too..and he has some very funny stories to tell!!
Haha yeah I know that blog and that guy's stories are darn funny and interesting!
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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 10th, '07, 05:59

LaMortImmortelle wrote:lol anything weird that happened i suppose...oh um...like examples of the pervertedness...lol

Oh so are you there as a exchange program with your highschool?
yeah something like that

hmm i dont think i have any examples of pervertedness unless you count all the crrepy old men standing in bookstores reading hentai(comic porn)

the weirdest things happen to me though because im a foreigner, like in the way people talk to me. I look different so I always get stared at all the time by people of all ages but especially little kids and old people.
One day I was walking to school and this random old lady come up to me and says in a really loud voice
"Hello! I love you!" and she kept repeating it, must have been the only english she knew but how was I suposed to reply to that??
So I just said thank you and kindof ran away before she could try and make conversation with me ^_^

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Post by LaMortImmortelle » Aug 10th, '07, 06:12

LOL that sounds so funny!!
Babydancer
I know that people have done that before. gone to teach english without knowing japanese at all....
but before you go while you are learning that course on teaching english thing you could always do some beginners courses..or get tapes, because i'm pretty sure most japanese people don't know well enough english to interact with them. Or so i've heard

Yorokobi
lol thats hilarious and extremely scary. That has actually happened to me in Australia with a English fluent speakiner no doubt..he was a old guy and i was walking home and he said "i love you come to my house...you are pretty." i was like "uh thanx i g2g." bahahha...

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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 10th, '07, 06:17

babydancer wrote:what if you don't speak nor do you write japanese?
cause I`m thinking of also teaching english in japan for a year or so.
the majority of people who come over here to teach english are like that. There are many jobs going and the pay is good apparently so its quite popular and you can get by without knowing the language.
If you want to learn Japanese when you get here theres always classes for foreigners and you can study from those around you. You'll pick up the things you need to know as you go along.

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Post by GlamourGirl40 » Aug 10th, '07, 06:39

Hmm, maybe I should check the blog out...

What's the big deal with foreigners? I mean, since I'm in America, I guess that's pretty normal here but do they think of foreigners as a a good thing, or a bad thing. Are they shy around them or do they despise them? I'm curious...
Is it also true that they don't like other Asians that much??
Although I find the Japanese culture very unique (which is a compliment), I guess the men there are more perverted than usual. Why settle on Hentai though? LOL.
Since Japanese is a unique language and a lot of the grammar stuff is different than English, is it hard to teach English in Japan?
Oh, that's a lot of questions...

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Post by lily728 » Aug 10th, '07, 06:40

Wow living in japan sounds so cool! What's this tutorship program that you're working with? Do they pay? and if they do does it cover your expenses in japan?



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LaMortImmortelle wrote:hmm i'm curious about this too...

I want to go someday and am planning on self studying it :)

Out of curiousity, i hear that there is a difference between gender roles in japan. Do you feel that they are exceptionally obvious and derogetory?

Also are they as perverse as i've heard? haha

btw yorokobi, are you there on holiday? or studying/working?
Im working her on a tutorship (basically mean i help out in english classes at a school) for a year

i sometimes feel the difference in gender roles very obvious
even in schools the seperate the genders
for example PE, im used to everyone doing PE together but her the boys and girls have different PE classes where they play different sport (boy sports like soccer and baseball and girl sports like volleyball)

perverse? yes some can be very perverse!

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Post by LaMortImmortelle » Aug 10th, '07, 06:54

GlamourGirl= can i call you GG? lol
you should look online to find the course that you can take in your area.
From what i've researched there is a course that i can do in Australia that requires no requirements. They teach you how to teach english in a foriegn country along with interview/resume techniques. and you are basically guarenteeed a job.

I have also heard of this http://www.tesolonline.com/?gclid=CK_Au ... hgodUAVsvQ
but haven't seen much of it yet...*looks at it now*

I heard the pay wasn't that good actually, but good enough. its better then nothing for going over for 6whole months!

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Post by GlamourGirl40 » Aug 10th, '07, 07:04

GG. That reminds me of Cat Deeley from So You Think You Can Dance says "judges" as a joke. Without the S. Okay so that's very off topic. That sucks if they have such small pay though because Japan is a very expensive country. Speaking of which, iS iT HARD TO LiVE iN JAPAN iF YOU'RE NOT THAT RiCH?

I just started reading the gaijinsmash stuff and it's soo funny. But I can't really judge that since I only read like the first blog he wrote.

I would also <3 it if anyone answers my questions in the previous page cuz I'm super curious.
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Post by LaMortImmortelle » Aug 10th, '07, 07:21

lol i've never seen So you think you can dance...yeah but back on topic
I don't think i'm verified to answer your question but i don't think they have as much ethnic variation in japan. I remember hearing someone saying on another forum about how their african friend and her went to japan and everyone was looking at her friend or coming up to talk to her..

I don't think most of the young people would be racist though, i think its more of a fascination because there wouldn't be as much diversity there.

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Post by lily728 » Aug 10th, '07, 07:42

you should watch so you think you can dance! its sooooooo good!! especially this past week's! i have the link if you want to check it out.

for the tutoring programs do they teach you japanese or its part of the requirements in order to be in the tutoring program?

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Post by LaMortImmortelle » Aug 10th, '07, 09:35

No they don't teach you japanese in those programs.

Those programs for teaching English overseas utilises methods to teach without using their native language. And you need NO requirements. meaning no university degrees, high school grads or learnt languages. Its a exprerience and you can learn as you go or take a language course as well as learning the tutoring course :)

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Post by vulgarshudder » Aug 10th, '07, 10:05

I've been living in japan for total of 1 1/5 years. I lived for a year in Tokyo as part of an exchange with my university, and now I'm living in Osaka working.

English teaching...well a monkey could do it. The pay is ok, better than what people get doing a baito but the perks differ from company to company.

You can come over and teach english and never have to learn any japanese...but you'll end up hanging out with Nova teachers...if that's what you want or not well I dunno...
And the sorts of Japanese people that you end up with well...they got like a gaijin fetish and they'll be using you for English practice.

If you come to teach english, and want to get out of the drunken nova teacher communities, you'll have to learn japanese and make an effort to get out there and meet people. Like the best friends I've made are the ones that don't want to speak english, so they'll take you as who you are rather than free english practice.

But then my idea of a good night is a host cluba and pachinko, so what do I know... :P

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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 10th, '07, 10:24

GlamourGirl40 wrote:Hmm, maybe I should check the blog out...

What's the big deal with foreigners? I mean, since I'm in America, I guess that's pretty normal here but do they think of foreigners as a a good thing, or a bad thing. Are they shy around them or do they despise them? I'm curious...
Is it also true that they don't like other Asians that much??
Although I find the Japanese culture very unique (which is a compliment), I guess the men there are more perverted than usual. Why settle on Hentai though? LOL.
Since Japanese is a unique language and a lot of the grammar stuff is different than English, is it hard to teach English in Japan?
Oh, that's a lot of questions...
Ok hopefully I can answer a few of your questions
The big deal with foreigners is that we are a rarity. Sure more and more foreigners go to japan every year but they still out number us by like a million to one ^_^ So its rare for them to come across a foreigner and it facinates them for the most part. Im pretty sure that in the country somewhere there are some narrow minded people who dont like us for being foreign but mostly the are very friendly and inquisitive just as we are of them.
I dont know that its true that they dont like other asians that much, I had heard it but not from any Japanese themselves so i cant be sure
Who really know why in reguards to hentai!
And sorry im not really qualified to tell you if its hard to teach english in Japan cause i dont really do it, i help out but i dont really teach, i pressume its quite difficult though.

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Post by GlamourGirl40 » Aug 10th, '07, 20:07

Thanks for the effort of answering my questions. But are there any other jobs aside from teaching English that foreigners in Japan can do? Gaijinsmash seriously cracks me up so thanks to LaMortimmortelle for the info.

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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 10th, '07, 23:50

GlamourGirl40 wrote:Thanks for the effort of answering my questions. But are there any other jobs aside from teaching English that foreigners in Japan can do? Gaijinsmash seriously cracks me up so thanks to LaMortimmortelle for the info.
Sure there are plenty of jobs you can do if you know the language and have qualifications. English is just the easiest field to get into so thats where most people end up

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Post by MitsukaiKuroi » Aug 11th, '07, 01:56

I love this conversation! I am fascinated with other countries in general and I love to read people's experiences when they are there! Thank you to those who are responding!

I have never lived in Japan but I have had two people I know (both Black) that lived there and they loved it! One is even married now to a Japanese woman and is still there working. The other is back in America but teaches Japanese!

Their experiences as Black people in Japan never were negative in their opinion BTW. Both told me nothing but great things about living there. And they both told me that it is more about being respectful of the culture and trying to learn the language that made a difference for them both.

The only thing they told me is that women tend to have different experiences than men. Some women have told them that it is hard to deal with the female "subservient" attitude that some of the men have and it takes a lot of adjustment. Gaijin women are 'excused' sometimes because (again these are not my words!) "they don't know any better". LOL

(Maybe one day I will find out if it is true! :D )

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Post by Mahel » Aug 11th, '07, 13:19

lily728 wrote: What's this tutorship program that you're working with? Do they pay? and if they do does it cover your expenses in japan?
i'dl like to know that too ^^
and,you don't need any requirements ?
yoroboki you are only 18? so there's no age limit ?

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Post by Yorokobi » Aug 11th, '07, 13:21

Mahel wrote:
lily728 wrote: What's this tutorship program that you're working with? Do they pay? and if they do does it cover your expenses in japan?
i'dl like to know that too ^^
and,you don't need any requirements ?
yoroboki you are only 18? so there's no age limit ?
Well my circumstance is kindof different to most cause im ona tutorship that i got through the high school i attended where i was given the opportunity to go over to their sister school for 6 months or a year and help out in english classes with the main aim being to improve my japanese

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