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05-27-12, 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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05-27-12, 12:14 PM

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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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05-27-12, 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.
 
05-27-12, 12:17 PM

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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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05-27-12, 12:17 PM

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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.

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.


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.
 
05-27-12, 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
 
05-27-12, 12:22 PM

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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


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.


 
05-27-12, 12:28 PM

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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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05-27-12, 12:29 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, 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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05-27-12, 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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05-27-12, 12:37 PM

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mirage_ said:
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 :)


 
05-27-12, 12:37 PM

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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.
 
05-27-12, 12:40 PM

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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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05-27-12, 12:40 PM

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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.
 
05-27-12, 12:51 PM

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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.
 
05-27-12, 2:02 PM

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Monad said:
Slumdogg said:
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.
 
05-27-12, 2:07 PM

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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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05-27-12, 2:08 PM

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

Not really.

He was sarcastic, obviously.
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05-27-12, 2:14 PM

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Narmy said:
fantomu said:
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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05-27-12, 2:19 PM

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Nintendosoni said:
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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