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  • The unpleasant truth about Japan

    Hey,

    i wanna open this thread out of two reasons: 1. to tell the people outside Japan who intend to live here some things. 2. To hear the opinion of other foreigners who reside in Japan about it. I am here since 6 month only, so please correct me if i give a totally wrong impression about Japan; and yes, you can call me a smart-ass/tenderfoot whatever.

    1. Some simple things to consider before you leave your country and join the foreign community here:

    - no one will pay you lots of money only because you are a foreigner (i did not expect that before i came here).

    - no one will f**k you only because you are a foreigner (to be honest, i DID expect that).

    - after a while you will probably hang out with other foreigners complaining about Japan. Japanese people seem to have a strange definition of friendship.

    - food is great, but is this a reason to move here?

    2. To all the other foreigners here:

    - how often do you ask yourself why you came here?

    - weighing the pros and cons: was it a good decisions to come here?

    - i have now the feeling that it most probably was a stupid idea to come here; just a phase of feeling blue or will it get worse?
    Last edited by LOstSamurai; 2008-01-29, 09:30 PM.

  • #2
    "No one" is two separate words in case you are also teaching English while feeling blue.

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    • #3
      thanks for the info...

      ...and no, i am not teaching english. although all the japanese seem to think that every caucasian must be an english native speaker and ergo an english teacher

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      • #4
        Six months here sounds like the perfect timing for the negative phase of culture shock. Hang in there.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LOstSamurai

          - weighing the pros and cons: was it a good decisions to come here?
          Probably not. But, that has not stopped me from doing things in the past.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Glenski
            Six months here sounds like the perfect timing for the negative phase of culture shock. Hang in there.

            So how long does that phase last? I wish it would go away already.

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            • #7
              Living in Japan is like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hijinx
                So how long does that phase last? I wish it would go away already.
                From a boomer I talked to about over a decade I heard.


















                Sadly, that was back home.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fatmike
                  Living in Japan is like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it.

                  Like STDs?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cutyourhair
                    From a boomer I talked to about over a decade I heard.


                    Sadly, that was back home.


                    I'm 12 years and still find this place very unpleasant.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Hijinx
                      Like STDs?
                      No those only come when you put it in

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                      • #12
                        letLs talk about the social life

                        do you have more japanese or more foreign friends here? all the japanese i know work 24 hours a day. or only 20, drink for 2 hours and fall asleep

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                        • #13
                          The unpleasant truth about Japan? You mean there's just supposed to be one?!

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                          • #14
                            truth

                            as i am not an english native speaker i dont know whether there is a plural of "truth". actually there should be no plural, that would implement that there is no "real" truth...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jacque_S
                              The unpleasant truth about Japan? You mean there's just supposed to be one?!

                              Hey, the truth is the truth--deal with it.

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