>>1039377 I haven't properly lived there, but i've been there a bunch of times.
First question is: Do you speak Japanese?. Most people in Japan don't feel confident enough about their english to strike a conversation with you. Some of them will plain ignore you mostly because of this reason. This can be acceptable during a 1-2 week trip, but I imagine it can very quickly make a dent and take a toll on you after a few months.
Are you planning to work remotely? I'm in IT so I've been considering getting a remote job in the future, and spend 6 months there or so. Still just an idea.
>>1039387 If you don't speak Japanese, your choices are not looking good. Even on IT, which is a highly globalized industry, there are very few jobs over there that don't require business level Japanese proficiency.
The only exception being an english teacher, there's plenty of people with ESL jobs here in /trv/, so they might be able to give you some pointers.
Im living in Berlin right now and I think food prices are quite similar. You can get a very low-cost (and a bit low quality) meal at a Yoshinoyas for about 4-5 eur. A regular bowl of ramen should be around 6 eur, nothing too fancy. Getting a nice menu at a moderately priced restaurant should be about 10-16 eur. Going out for drinks and some food at an Izakaya should be about 20-40 euro per person, depending on what you order of course. Beers have more scandinavian-like prices, costing 2-3 euros per large can in a convenience store.
Inside the city, public transportation varies depending on the company and the distance. It's usually about 2 euros per trip on average.
You can get some shared accomodation on small private rooms through airbnb for as little as 400 eur / month, which is good if you consider that a Japanese landlord would probably not rent you directly anyway.
All in all, I think you can live, without luxuries, for about 1,100 eur per month if you don't cook, stick to cheap places and like to drink on the weekends.
Thanks for admitting that you're a hypocrite. Hell, thanks for stating that everyone who isn't American is a hypocrite. I'm sure your Japanese hosts would appreciate knowing you think this of them, but somehow I have the feeling that they already have enough to hate you for. Now get over to the conbini and buy yourself something suitably plastic for dinner, just a like a real salaryman would.
>>1040527 It's unbelievable the ideas and stereotypes of otherwise educated and intelligent europeans have of American people. I'm a latin american living in Germany right now and ooooh boy, they can be downright retards when it comes to stereotypes of American people.
I remember one time when one Greek coworker told me that USA had the highest cancer rates in the world because all of the GMO food. I told him that GMO food is all over the world these days and there is no avoiding it. A few days later, I sent him a link with the cancer rates per country in the world. USA was not the highest, it was Belgium. Even then he refused to acknowledge he was in fact wrong. That about sums up the attitude here.
Sometimes when I talk to people I tell them I'm thinking of moving to the states in order to be closer to my family, and it surprises them every time. Standard reply is along the lines of "why would you even go there" kind of thing.
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