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  • Future Gaijin

    Bonjour, Hi, Buanodias, Guten tag, Konnichiwa

    I am a 40 y/old French Canadian (Québéquois) that is just about to sing a 1year + contract to work in Japan. It will be my first intrusion in Asia. I am a aircraft technician and will be staying in Tokyo. My work will be
    at Hendeda airport. I will have to go to Tokyo down town once a week for reporting to the firm that is contracting me.

    My questions are:
    - Is Ota-Ku, Shinagawa-ku or Minato-ku are neighbourhoods that would be suitable for a would be gaijin-san….???? I am single. The cost of the housing will be covered by the company. The geographical choice of these 3 hoods is only because it’s ½ ways (sort of) between Tokyo downtown and the airport so it will minimise transportation. Is there a gaijin-ku?? I am open to suggestions.

    - Besides personnel hygiene products, kitchen tools, closes and my laptop is there any thing else you people found missing when first arrived in the land of the rising sun?

    - Could we read the metro station name or it’s all in Japanese symbols?

    - Can we find wine that is drinkable? 3,4,5 year old……and at what cost?

    -Any suggestions beside maple sirop………?

  • #2
    Re: Future Gaijin


    Hendeda Airport's in South America I think.

    Those are expensive areas of Tokyo. If you want gaijin-ku, ask for Roppongi. I shouldn't live there though.

    Deodorant is a good idea. Especially if you're not used to 38 degrees and 95% humidity.

    Most metro names are in English and Japanese. They're not in French though. Which I know Quebecquois don't like.

    The Japanese don't do very great wine. I suggest imported Beaujolais or Chianti rather than maple syrup. Drinking that will turn you into a diabetic very quickly.


    • #3
      Re: Future Gaijin

      Can we find wine that is drinkable? 3,4,5 year old……and at what cost?
      This is Tokyo you can get anything.