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May 27, 2012 12:14 PM

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Mogtaki said:
Hahah, you need a bachelor's degree to get a work visa alone or do JET for like...3-4 years. You need a ton of money and to learn the language AND get your visa approved etc etc. In reality, you probably won't be able to live there if you think Japan is all about anime and earthquakes.


You don't for a work visa at all, although there are a limited number (I think it's like 2000 per year) so obviously people with higher levels of education have a higher priority.

My friend I mentioned didn't have a bachelor's and she's living in Japan now after going there originally on a year's visa.
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Well it sounds silly but it's kind of my dream to live in Japan to get "closer" to anime (events and stuff). And I need a dream to deal with the boring reality :/. But I do feel kinda sad about it now lol.


Don't feel sad about it at all, and don't let anyone put you off either, if that's what you want to do then do it.
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May 27, 2012 12:17 PM

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I know, right?? Totally going there for anime and earthquakes!

Heheh, but I really am going to Japan for a 2 year program as a part of my course, I have no choice unless I'd rather China and it's a definite no to China.
 
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Hoppy said:
Japan is pretty xenophobic but the reactions you get vary from city to city and the person you deal with, you may get a favorable outcome (uncommon), a few or a lot of stares and odd looks (likely) or just outright hate (not as common as you think if you behave).


It's not really something you see from younger people from Japan, as with everything it's a generally a generation thing.
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Annoiato said:
what the hell that's terrible advice. vacations have a positive stigma no matter where you go.


Any experience is better than none. I continued on to say that the best would be to go to Japan with a summer abroad program from a college/university. Not only do you get to live in whichever city they choose, but you learn the language and quite a bit about the culture throughout the time you stay.

It's not like I told them to vacation in Tokyo and expect it to be like that everywhere.

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Well it sounds silly but it's kind of my dream to live in Japan to get "closer" to anime (events and stuff). And I need a dream to deal with the boring reality :/. But I do feel kinda sad about it now lol.


I hear from a couple of friends of mine who were originally from Japan that they aren't as "big" on anime as we think they are. Just like it isn't too common to know people in your immediate city who loves anime like you do, its kind of the same way in most areas of Japan. My friends being from Osaka and Nagoya.
 
May 27, 2012 12:18 PM

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Mogtaki said:
I know, right?? Totally going there for anime and earthquakes!

Heheh, but I really am going to Japan for a 2 year program as a part of my course, I have no choice unless I'd rather China and it's a definite no to China.

Dude, China wants your labor. And who are you to turn them down!? >:I

 
May 27, 2012 12:22 PM

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lucjan said:
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I know, right?? Totally going there for anime and earthquakes!

Heheh, but I really am going to Japan for a 2 year program as a part of my course, I have no choice unless I'd rather China and it's a definite no to China.

Dude, China wants your labor. And who are you to turn them down!? >:I


I'd turn them down too, place is way too corrupt still, if anything Taiwan would be the best bet if you couldn't make it to Japan.


 
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NicoleB said:
Slumdogg said:
Well it sounds silly but it's kind of my dream to live in Japan to get "closer" to anime (events and stuff). And I need a dream to deal with the boring reality :/. But I do feel kinda sad about it now lol.


Don't feel sad about it at all, and don't let anyone put you off either, if that's what you want to do then do it.
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You do realise that the life in Japan isn't really like in the anime you're watching? Sure, most anime is based off it, but the reality isn't the same. You don't know if you want to live in Japan until you've actually been there and experienced everything.

Speaking as a fellow Swede, I know there are so many things that differ from our culture and it might overwhelm you. I have been thinking the same things you have, about moving to Japan and live there, mainly because of the anime aspect, but also because I truly love the language and their culture. However, I've realised that it is a huge step and the best way to go about it is to actually LIVE there. What I mean by that is that you go to Japan and live there as you would have if you were Japanese. Visiting in a different country where most things are already fixed for you is totally different than actually trying to get things to go around (economy and stuff).

Personally, I'm planning on going to Japan for about a year and study Japanese and japanology. I know it's not the same as living there, but at least I am going to spend a longer period there and get more accustomed to things. If I don't like it, I'll be back home in a year and have gained major life experience. If you're serious about it, try to go to Japan for a longer period to see if you REALLY like it and it's not a spur of the moment thing. Life is about experiencing things and being happy, so go for whatever makes you happy! :3
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May 27, 2012 12:32 PM

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Even if he ends up not liking it or it being different from what he expects, it's still a worthwhile experience to go ahead and do it.

Just the same as living in any foreign country is, an experience that in my humble opinion, everyone should try.
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May 27, 2012 12:37 PM

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You do realise that the life in Japan isn't really like in the anime you're watching? Sure, most anime is based off it, but the reality isn't the same. You don't know if you want to live in Japan until you've actually been there and experienced everything.

Speaking as a fellow Swede, I know there are so many things that differ from our culture and it might overwhelm you. I have been thinking the same things you have, about moving to Japan and live there, mainly because of the anime aspect. However, I've realised that it is a huge step and the best way to go about it is to actually LIVE there. What I mean by that is that you go to Japan and live there as you would have if you were Japanese. Visiting in a different country where most things are already fixed for you is totally different than actually trying to get things to go around (economy and stuff).

Personally, I'm planning on going to Japan for about a year and study Japanese and japanology. I know it's not the same as living there, but at least I am going to spend a longer period there and get more accustomed to things. If I don't like it, I'll be back home in a year and have gained major life experience. If you're serious about it, try to go to Japan for a longer period to see if you REALLY like it and it's not a spur of the moment thing. Life is about experiencing things and being happy, so go for whatever makes you happy! :3
"Living" there for a while like you said is probably the smartest thing to do. The road there seem clearer, thank you :)


 
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Mirage made a good point. Do whatever you can to experience it as candid as possible.

Remember by living there you will have to buy food, clothing, everything from your surroundings. Having a year of experience or even a couple months is better as you get to know an area and its stores, malls, etc. Jumping into it without any experience will be a pretty big culture shock, I'd expect it to be that way for anyone migrating from one country to another.
 
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Tachii said:
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I'd say before making such a huge decision, go and vacation there. If you like it as much as you thought you would start planning.

what the hell that's terrible advice. vacations have a positive stigma no matter where you go.
'Positive stigma' is kind of contradictory.

And it's probably better than viewing them afar before even setting a foot to the place.

I guess go as an international student or something to lose the "vacation-y" feel to it.
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lucjan said:
Mogtaki said:
I know, right?? Totally going there for anime and earthquakes!

Heheh, but I really am going to Japan for a 2 year program as a part of my course, I have no choice unless I'd rather China and it's a definite no to China.

Dude, China wants your labor. And who are you to turn them down!? >:I


It's not so much as 'turning them down' as it is 'not willing to work for 14 hours for a pay that is worth 5 hours work', plus it's not exactly safe to be British there when compared to Japan.

I've been told I'll get work experience in a botanical garden of some kind...my kind of work.
 
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I sure hope you have a better and more realistic vision of actually wanting to move to Japan than wanting to live out your ideal anime lifestyle. Reality is a total bitch once it sets in. And really, start doing some research. Wanting to move to a country yet knowing absolutely nothing about it outside of "anime and earthquakes" is a terrible start.
 
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Monad said:
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Hello :)! I'm thinking about moving to Japan.


When you are young you make lots of silly thoughts. You will grow out of it.

Indeed... especially if you are moving mainly because of anime.
 
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Good boy. Japan needs more immigrants, or Jit will collapse because of the declining birth rates and aging population. Unfortunately, their racism/xenophoby scares immigrants away. Too bad the government's not doing their best to fix this.
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May 27, 2012 2:08 PM

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You actually learn a lot of Japan from anime.

Not really.

He was sarcastic, obviously.
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May 27, 2012 2:14 PM

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Narmy said:
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You actually learn a lot of Japan from anime.

Not really.


Of course it's nothing compared to all there is, but some stuff.
 
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Good boy. Japan needs more immigrants, or Jit will collapse because of the declining birth rates and aging population. Unfortunately, their racism/xenophoby scares immigrants away. Too bad the government's not doing their best to fix this.


The xenophobia in Japan isn't really that big a deal at all, you'll find it from elderly people but most young people it won't even be an issue (mostly, you'll find racists/nationalists in every generation).
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Awesome, more 'gaijins', just what we need, www

~ Anyways, you are not alone; idk why but most of my non-Japanese friends think Japan is like a haven lol. One of them actually ended up moving in Japan to become an English tutor and told me coping with the language (even though I gave him some pointers/fluent in it) and the people is actually quite hard but an experience.

Also: if you're moving just because of anime/planning to date a Japanese and not a career choice, then I would advise you to stop right now.
 
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Unless you have a political job or are trying to do business in Japan (you aren't)otherwise you'll be looking at a career in English tutoring or something language related. Rethink your life and your priorities I doubt going to Japan is a good idea. And grow the fuck up.
 
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Unless you have a political job or are trying to do business in Japan (you aren't)otherwise you'll be looking at a career in English tutoring or something language related. Rethink your life and your priorities I doubt going to Japan is a good idea. And grow the fuck up.


And just who are you to tell someone else what to do with there life exactly?
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Unless you have a political job or are trying to do business in Japan (you aren't)otherwise you'll be looking at a career in English tutoring or something language related. Rethink your life and your priorities I doubt going to Japan is a good idea. And grow the fuck up.


And just who are you to tell someone else what to do with there life exactly?


He asked for opinions and advice. So just about anyone here has the right to tell him since he asked for it.
 
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Monad said:
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Unless you have a political job or are trying to do business in Japan (you aren't)otherwise you'll be looking at a career in English tutoring or something language related. Rethink your life and your priorities I doubt going to Japan is a good idea. And grow the fuck up.


And just who are you to tell someone else what to do with there life exactly?


He asked for opinions and advice. So just about anyone here has the right to tell him since he asked for it.


There is giving advice and then there is being an asshole.
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JonyJC said:
Unless you have a political job or are trying to do business in Japan (you aren't)otherwise you'll be looking at a career in English tutoring or something language related. Rethink your life and your priorities I doubt going to Japan is a good idea. And grow the fuck up.



"Grow the fuck up" is an insult, its not giving him any information. Unless you want to make enemies on MAL i suggest you watch your tone.
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Unless you have a political job or are trying to do business in Japan (you aren't)otherwise you'll be looking at a career in English tutoring or something language related. Rethink your life and your priorities I doubt going to Japan is a good idea. And grow the fuck up.



"Grow the fuck up" is an insult, its not giving him any information. Unless you want to make enemies on MAL i suggest you watch your tone.

Hear dat, Jony!? You best watch your tone, young man, or link9us will become your arch-nemesis.

 
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Unless you have a political job or are trying to do business in Japan (you aren't)otherwise you'll be looking at a career in English tutoring or something language related. Rethink your life and your priorities I doubt going to Japan is a good idea. And grow the fuck up.



"Grow the fuck up" is an insult, its not giving him any information. Unless you want to make enemies on MAL i suggest you watch your tone.

Hear dat, Jony!? You best watch your tone, young man, or link9us will become your arch-nemesis.



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That one is for him anyways this is not supposed to be a spam topic so back on topic.

I have never actually been to japan either my self. Its like my dream vacation one of these days when i get enough funds to go. Although i don't know jack about Japanese so it would be a damn good idea to learn some Japanese before going their. That is the best advice i can give the OP.
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Yup, you definitely want to learn some of the language. I made the mistake of not knowing any Japanese when I went. Needless to say I got lost in a small town in the middle of nowhere and had to sleep on a JR Station bench for a whole night.

I was so embarrassed when I woke up. I felt like an ant.
 
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I'd have to agree with learning Japanese first. That should keep you busy for a few years, at least.
 
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Grass is always greener on the other side.

Do some research on people who have moved there from abroad already. You'll learn more of the pros and cons. If you're fine with the cons (I personally don't like the Japanese cons) then go ahead.
 
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Seattle has anime and earthquakes too.
 
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Seattle has anime and earthquakes too.

inb4, it's in US so that's bad because almost everything in the US has faults. I'm not an anti-American but I'm just stating that the US government and 'everything else' are terribad.

Come on bros, this guy needs some advice on his career choice/future; telling someone to 'grow the fuck up' is uncivilized. Let's help this kid and move on.

@Slumdogg: I appreciate you thinking about your future at an early age. Instead of asking 'teh forums', research it yourself and actually talk to someone who has made the same career choice. You'll be blown away on the intel you get.
 
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First off, I know you're enthusiastic and all but please consider this option once you have gained a bit more knowledge on Japan, its people, and its culture. Wanting to move to Japan based off of your like for anime is not a really good reason.

I'm sure you'll enjoy moving to Japan, but think about the actual living conditions and whatnot first. It's rather expensive there. How will you deal with the language barrier? Think about those first.

 
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Uprooting yourself and moving to a completely different country because of your hobby is fucking dumb. Re-think your situation.
 
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Uprooting yourself and moving to a completely different country because of your hobby is fucking dumb. Re-think your situation.


Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.
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Uprooting yourself and moving to a completely different country because of your hobby is fucking dumb. Re-think your situation.


Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.

You make it sound like moving is such an easy task that is readily available to every person.
 
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Uprooting yourself and moving to a completely different country because of your hobby is fucking dumb. Re-think your situation.


Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.

You make it sound like moving is such an easy task that is readily available to every person.


Never said it was easy at all, sometimes taking the easy option isn't the right thing to do.

I'm also going to move to Japan (although I'm not moving there for the same reasons as the OP, and not for a few years yet) and I agree that he needs to do more research and have a better plan, but I think it's commendable that he's considering moving to a completely different country and culture and definitely think he should go for it.

I find it quite sad that some people are so negative and are basically trying to stop him/ruin his dream.
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Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.


If someone is happy with where they are, why should they consider moving elsewhere? Of course, there's the experience of living somewhere new but it's not a necessity of life.

I would only think there's a problem if you're unhappy with where you are and don't consider moving elsewhere.
 
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"Grow the fuck up" is an insult, its not giving him any information. Unless you want to make enemies on MAL i suggest you watch your tone.

"Grow the fuck up" is not an insult, it is probably the best advice you can give someone who wants to go to Japan based on his love for anime.
 
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As others have already said, you should learn a bit more about Japan first before you start thinking about moving there (or "here", in my case). Moving here just to be closer to anime just isn't a good idea in my opinion. Japan is much, much more than just anime and earthquakes. You won't survive here just by loving anime.

To get a little feeling what it's like to live here you could participate in a language programme (a friend of mine participated in a 6-week language course), or maybe consider a working holiday year.
The JET programme isn't available for Sweden as far as I know. Also, unless you are a native English speaker your chances of becoming an English teacher with a proper working visa are pretty slim, and the demand for Swedish teachers or translators isn't high either..

I'm originally from Germany, but working in Japan atm. To be honest, I'm not sure if I would want to spend the rest of my life here because Japan surely is no paradise. At the moment I'm enjoying life here for the most part though.
 
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Grass is always greener on the other side.

Do some research on people who have moved there from abroad already. You'll learn more of the pros and cons. If you're fine with the cons (I personally don't like the Japanese cons) then go ahead.


Is it?

Well, just consider Africa. It's definitely greener.

Japan is rather a good choice. Let's consider some poor sides:
1) Urban Pop Density -> High stress even for a world-class transport system:
1 Tokyo Japan 32,450,000 8,014 4,049
2) Poor future economic trends
Nikkei 225 has fallen over approximately 50% (between June 2007 and December 2008).
3) Xenophobia
In 2005, a United Nations special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia expressed concerns about "deep and profound" racism in Japan and insufficient government recognition of the problem.

But let's be honest: Tokyo is crazy in Population Density. Japan is crazy in Population Density. But there's an ageing society(also a minus). That's a poor trend, but all urban areas have ridiculous population density. We already have structures like the Khalifa. Think if that building housed people with maximal density.

The economy is poor everywhere. Germany? It's still going to be pulled by poor people everywhere else. More often than not a place with good economic trends is one that is a severe outlier.

Many places have xenophobia. There's still black-white(not xenophobia but same issue) in US. People will discriminate simply because of origin.

Japan, on the whole, is a very promising place to live if one finds a way in. It's clearly one of the better places on Earth. This applies, in different ways, to Scandinavian countries always getting 1st on HDI list (Just look at their prisons) or perhaps CanadIa, which I think will be rich with its level of oil reserves.

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link9us said:

"Grow the fuck up" is an insult, its not giving him any information. Unless you want to make enemies on MAL i suggest you watch your tone.

"Grow the fuck up" is not an insult, it is probably the best advice you can give someone who wants to go to Japan based on his love for anime.


i feel the need to agree with link9us here [ thats a rare thing for me
my 11 main things i rate on

1 Impact on Impact on industry both the anime and Original Manga had
2 TV Ratings in Japan [ Gross for movies Unit sales for OVAs 3 Manga Ka of the Sourcework
4 how loyal the anime stayed to its source how well the compare to other big name in its genre
5 Seiyuu casting [ how many i know by voice i use the royal I here ]
6 Impact on General Pop Culture in Japan and the West 7 Impact on Otaku Culture in Japan and the West
8 Music[ Instrumentation]
9 merchandise sales
10 art style 11 Studio who produced the anime[ and what thay have done for the industry]





 
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NicoleB said:
nubmonk said:
Uprooting yourself and moving to a completely different country because of your hobby is fucking dumb. Re-think your situation.


Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.


No i agree completely. I just think it's dumb to do it because of your hobby. Like i really like video games but i don't wanna move to LA so i can go to E3 and "be closer to da video games xD". I'm saying to rethink his situation because they should be thinking "Hmmm if i do move there will i be able to get a stable job and not be a homeless gaijin that doesn't understand anybody" as opposed to "I wonder if i can make it to Comiket xDDDD".
 
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NicoleB said:
Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.


If someone is happy with where they are, why should they consider moving elsewhere? Of course, there's the experience of living somewhere new but it's not a necessity of life.

I would only think there's a problem if you're unhappy with where you are and don't consider moving elsewhere.


That is where we disagree, as I do consider it a necessity of life.
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NicoleB said:
nubmonk said:
Uprooting yourself and moving to a completely different country because of your hobby is fucking dumb. Re-think your situation.


Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.

It's something that you have to devote a big chunk of your life to, it's not really something to go and do to satisfy a small curiosity or desire you have. Not to mention that most countries frown on dual citizenship. Just travel, it's easier.
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NicoleB said:
nubmonk said:
Uprooting yourself and moving to a completely different country because of your hobby is fucking dumb. Re-think your situation.


Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.

It's something that you have to devote a big chunk of your life to, it's not really something to go and do to satisfy a small curiosity or desire you have. Not to mention that most countries frown on dual citizenship. Just travel, it's easier.


Yes you do have to devote a large chunk of your life too it but I personally believe that it's something extremely important in someones live to actually go and experience other cultures.

When I'm in my early 20s (It's actually my birthday today!) I'm planning on spending most of my life living in different countries, I actually don't plan on returning "home" for many years, obviously I'll come back at times to see family and such, but I don't plan on living in either the UK or Italy (where I've lived before) at all, at least not for many years.

I want to try living in many many different places.
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May 28, 2012 8:47 AM

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After reading about xenophobia on this topic, I decided to google it. I read some articles and some experiences from people who moved to Japan.

Well, it looks like it isn't that bad as people say. Apparently, it's indeed more common with the elderly, new generations are more likely to accept different cultures, they even find it interesting. However, it looks like foreigners often have problems with the police. But, unfortunately, this happens in many countries, like US.

Of course this may vary from region to region, but I guess it's not something you should really worry about, if you think about moving to Japan.
 
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greeko17 said:
After reading about xenophobia on this topic, I decided to google it. I read some articles and some experiences from people who moved to Japan.

Well, it looks like it isn't that bad as people say. Apparently, it's indeed more common with the elderly, new generations are more likely to accept different cultures, they even find it interesting. However, it looks like foreigners often have problems with the police. But, unfortunately, this happens in many countries, like US.

Of course this may vary from region to region, but I guess it's not something you should really worry about, if you think about moving to Japan.


It's definitely been blown out of proportion by people here, I talk to my friend most days on Skype and shes been living in Japan for around 18 months now and shes never said anything to me at all about anyone doing any kind of racism at all towards her.

Obviously it's good to be aware of these things, but let's be serious, you will always come across small-minded people you can't let that stop you from doing something you want.
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Moving to a new country is in fact something that all people should do in there lives at some point.

If you haven't ever considered something like that, then in my opinion, you should "Re-think your situation."

Never understood people who stay in the same city/country all there lives.


If someone is happy with where they are, why should they consider moving elsewhere? Of course, there's the experience of living somewhere new but it's not a necessity of life.

I would only think there's a problem if you're unhappy with where you are and don't consider moving elsewhere.


That is where we disagree, as I do consider it a necessity of life.


The only necessity in life is being happy with the life you lived so you can feel satisfied when you close your eyes for good nothing else. If living in one place never bothered you and you where happy then that is just fine.
Your feelings aren't necessities they are just your feelings.

Also the people criticizing him and being harsh on the Op here are the true people that actually help him. There is nothing bad with him dreaming to live in Japan but the thing is his dreaming a Japan from anime, the Japan his dreaming doesn't even exist. At least people being more harsh make him realize of reality and help him from getting a big disappointment and waste his life.
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