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Hi guys. I am an Ossan who has been living in Japan. So I may answer your questions about my tiny country:)

Jun 28, 17 at 11:57pm

hi its my dream to teach in japan and i was wondering ...would you say its expensive to live there and is it worth it how nice our the communities? are there many activities for children and adults or families? if so could you list a minimum of three ( please its not obligated but would be much appreciated)
i also would like to know what kind of animation schools they have near by there and what areas....(I'm sorry I'm asking a lot.....) also I'm sorry for taking up your time with my stupid questions....:(

Jun 29, 17 at 1:48am

Hello abbyszz,

1. If you are in the middle class of developed countries like Europeans or the States, also in the upper class of raising countries like BRIC, Middle eastern like Dubai or Israel, it is easy for you to visit in Japan. Because it has been troubled in serious problems of economic politics. Now Japan is an option where you can go to trip in cheap. So I could see many foreigners to sightseeing everyday.

2. There are several ways to be a English teacher in Japan. But I'm not sure it is worthy to cost to come and live. I would recommend you to visit Japan as trip first. Then, I am willing to be a tour guide in Kansai-areas! :)

3. There were some activities for families and communities but it has been declining, I think. I had been 3 years in the States, so in my humble opinion, Americans have more good senses than Japanese about community and familiy.

4. There are some many anime schools in Tokyo. Living in Tokyo is expensive but cheaper than London, Paris, Berlin, or Shanghai. My friend who is a worker of animator said "if you would like to get a job in the anime areas, you should go to college or university, and develop your mind, and try to make money $2,000 by your hand of design and drawing or painting. If you could achieved it, the experiences make you an animater. you can starts really good career in the job." So this is hard mode, I think there is a way to be a translator or management stuff for foreigners.

Thanks for your questions, it is my pleasure!

Jun 29, 17 at 2:01pm

how would it be for a Westerner to acclimate to the culture and surroundings? I know that Japan as pictured in anime and other media isn't too reliable a resource for setting ones expectations; so, realistically, for a foreigner, how would the process of assimilation go about? I imagine it'd be a lot to learn and adapt to.

Jun 30, 17 at 9:39am

It is good question, I think. I met a Chinese student who raised with watching anime and manga. It made her decide to study abroad, and come to Japan. She said "there is nothing like anime which I have expected after school clubs". I was sorry for her. In a sense life is tough wherever you are but also life is good sometimes if you try. I know that many problems in my country and I doubt Japan is worthy enough for coming and staying long term for foreigners. There is a look-ism among Japanese. If you are external ly "Gaijin" even you can speak perfect Japanese, you may feel an alienation. In the other hand, it is same as whenever we enter to a different culture. So I would say that it is tough and difficult but may be good. The most positive case is "Dr. Donald Keene".

Honestly saying, I am a doctorate student in the literature but Dr. Keene's Japanese language are clearly beautiful and deeper than mine. So I suggest you to read some books written by foreigners stayed in Japan several years.
I have not try Bruno Taut, but he is famous.

Or here is Pakkun article. He is a famous commedian in Japan. I hope these helps you a little.


Greetings there. Do you have any advice on visiting and maybe moving in Japan?

Jul 01, 17 at 11:35am

Moving to Japan is probably you need to get a visa. So you have to be a student or a worker. I am not sure that is is worthy for your passion. First, I recommend you decide what you want to see or visit, anime, history, southern islands etc, or choose cities. then, come to visit to Japan as traveler, go to places and see people and make friends. And come here to see me! I will show you some strange funny aspects of Japan, which only Japanese knows.


わかた。I heard living in Japan takes a lot of effort and money.

Some prefectures have different wage earnings.


oki here is something that I wondered for a while. I was told once that it is rude to finish your plate there is that true?


Hello friend. I have many questions about your hypnotizing country, but I won't overwhelm you lol

1. I'm interested in living in the Kansai region because it's a little distance from Fukushima which I have a little alarm to be near and it has many natural attractions as well as being populated. Cities that interest me are Osaka & Sakai. I absolutely love nature and want to hike & surf & swim, but I also love being in a big city with many people. What city in all of Japan do you think I would love most that fits this description?

2. I haven't decided what work I want to do with my life but I currently work at a pizza place in the States and I would be happy to open a pizza restaurant in Japan, although my true passion is the help people, animals and the environment. I am leaning towards studying nursing so that I can do home-care and I think that Japan is desperate for home nurses to help the elderly. Do you think this would be a good profession for me in Japan, or would this be a bad idea considering I'm a Westerner?

3. I know that many people would be outraged with this feature, but I am VERY attracted to Asian women, especially Japanese women because of their attitudes which is unique in the world. I've heard that it's becoming popular in Japan to dislike white people, mostly white guys, so dating worries me. Do you think I would have luck with dating in Japan?

4. Is there a way that you and I can get in contact so I can learn more?

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