Oh... um... looks like your comments about mine vanished...
Sorry for that, looked a bit deeper into the news and asked around, seen that some of my stuff was off mark so I just deleted it ^^
I'm not gonna down play it; I'm pretty excited about going this summer.
I'll see how I feel about it while I'm there.
It's 50/50 really, some enjoy it, others hate it :P
I definitely wouldn't mind owning a house over there, i think the culture shock would be fun.
i was there for a month, cant live without tacos...
I would visit Japan for vacation and to see the sites and see what it has to offer but not live their. Japan does has it's own fair share of problems. So just visit or go on vacation that's all.
I think I'd like to visit Japan then to live there. I think I'd like to live in South Korea but I'd have visit both.
I'd be in heaven!
I've been there as a tourist and although it certainly has its appeal, I also heard not-so-good stories particularly from women who are pursuing graduate studies there. :)
One of my adviser's batch mates was a dissertation-short of completing her PhD when she got pregnant. When she told her adviser, he promptly asked her to just return to the Philippines because she would have no use for the PhD anymore. That's not verbatim, I'm sure, but the thought is there. She wanted to transfer advisers, but the culture of professional respect is so strong in their university that no other professors would take her out of respect for her original adviser.