Worked for the FBI for 7 years, quit to move to Japan with a load of savings, got a nice paying job, hated it, quit, ran out of money and had a financial situation back home that emptied my funds, apartment contract renewal was up at the same time, didn't have money to renew the lease nor for a plane ticket back home. Ended up sleeping in internet cafes until I had the money to return to the states.
>>919946 Scariest moment happened a few times. I actually had a $1000 per month income coming from the states that to keep things simple was basically the repayment of a loan for a land deal. $1,000 was just enough to allow me to sleep in an internet cafe most nights of the month and still leave me without about $5 per day in food. Well a few times the wire transaction got notably delayed and once it didn't go through at all and had to be resent as someone fucked up on the U.S. end. This resulted in several days of me having literally having less than $2 on me at any given time and that was scrounging up every single 1 yen coin I could find.
>>919948 To be honest as long as I had the money for the internet cafe it really wasn't that bad. The key was really searching for the best deals and internet cafe setup. Every internet cafe, even ones of the same chain, will have different pricing structures and room setups.
The best cafe I found and the one I ended up essentially living at for months was a Manboo cafe in Chiba (yeah not Tokyo proper for the assholes but still the Tokyo metro area). They had a sort of hidden 24hr price that they only gave to a limited number of rooms per day. Cost was about $25'ish. The catch is once you got it you had to renew it every day or someone else could get it and you could spend days waiting for a slot to open up again. If you did that you'd be stuck paying for shorter time slots that were much more expensive per hour.
For a while I would just buy the $15 8hr night pack and spend the rest of the day in the library or park but I found being out all day left me more exposed to potential issues that would require money. In the end spending the $25 to have a place for the entire day, that also included unlimited drinks, was just a better deal especially in regards to morale.
The other issue was privacy. This cafe was much shittier than many in regards to how nice the building was but the advantage was that it had a fully enclosed high wall booth with a full sized locking door. Many other cafes would either have booths with much lower walls or little half sized doors that left a couple foot opening. That little bit of extra privacy went a long way towards feeling comfortable and getting some decent sleep.
>>919955 It was an incredibly experience and although it sucked at the time in many ways I'm a relatively cool headed guy who thinks things through so I looked at it as sort of a challenge. In some weird way it was almost "fun" at times.
The main thing it taught me is how little I'm capable of living with which is a great stress reliever knowing that doing without isn't the end of the world.
As for what I did for the FBI I was a "Technical Information Specialist". Basically ran our little command center desk: Radio, NCIC checks, FBI internal database, and a ton of other BS.
>>920028 google maps link of the bar, obviously the van isnt there but you can see the logo on the blue van behind me. Not a troll just an asshole making life harder for beta weeb english teachers. they deserve it for nanking.
>>919939 You're the weeaboo that posted a couple of weeks ago about going to Tokyo and living in internet cafés and public libraries? before getting called an idiot. At least you did it in your imagination, with a job for the FBI to boot.
>>919987 I was getting by enough that I didn't want to bring them into it. >>919999 Last minute plane tickets cost a hell of a lot more than $1,000, hell there weren't any tickets at the time under $1,000 for any time frame. Even if there were it would have meant literally having no money for an entire month. >>920016 Food: Japan has these precooked rice packs that are made to heat in the microwave (which the internet cafe had). Bought in bulk they were cheap. Also just bought a bag of mixed spice and a bottle of cooking oil. I would heat up the rice and then just throw in a little oil and spice into it. Cheap and good.
Another staple were these 99 yen breadstick packs. A single pack came with 6 breadsticks of various flavor (including chocholate chip) and were about 600 calories total. These were great as they required no cooking and I could easily bring them around with me.
The biggest help though was the unlimited free drinks at the internet cafe including fruit juices. There were many days where I just fasted on nothing but fruit juice.
Washing clothes: I would take a plastic bag with me into the internet cafe shower and throw my dirty clothes in it, fill it with hot water, and add detergent. I would then slosh it around with my hands and then tie the bag up and leave it to soak while I showered. When I finished I'd pull the clothes out and rinse them with the shower head and then I just hung them up on a string in my internet booth. Keep in mind being in the city I'm not getting dirty so I'd only be washing like a single pair of underwear and maybe a t-shirt every day.
As for internet cafes vs hostels the internet cafe provides more privacy and less exposure to people who are going to want to be doing things all the time that I would have to constantly shrug off.
>>920056 >>920057 That is pretty crazy then, there was some suicidal weaboo that posted about wanting to become a hobo in japan literally sleeping in libraries and internet cafés. Guess you're living someone's dream. You haven't had any problems with the police? Do you still have a work visa?
>>920064 I had a 3 year work visa but they can cancel it if they find out you aren't working and there is no proof of you actively looking for work for a set period of time. That said after quitting my first job and once I got desperate I took a commission only job with a mom and pop business while still in my apartment. They took over the visa sponsorship but I had to quit there as well as I was making no money and it was costing me more just to travel there (1.5hrs one way on the outskirts of Tokyo). That said they knew of my troubles so I don't think they even bothered reporting that I was no longer working for them since I was essentially the equivalent of a 10-99 contract employee anyway. Because of that I don't think the Japanese government even knew or cared and when I left there were no issues or red flags at immigration about my visa status.
As for police yes I was worried for the above reasons because at the time I never knew if my visa would be revoked out of nowhere. However, I had one encounter that put me at ease.
One weekend after a couple of months of being homeless I had "saved" enough bucks to travel back into Tokyo to see a Japanese friend who owned a bar in the Shinjuku Golden Gai area. He ended up buying me drinks and I got drunk, ended up falling asleep on the Chuo Sobu line heading back to Chiba and missed my stop. Ended up missing my room renewal time at the internet cafe so they took all of my bags to the local police station. I thought I was fucked but the police were actually really cool as apparently they had ran some sort of check on me and had learned that I worked for the FBI. All I can assume is that they did some sort of visa inquiry which showed my original work visa application which listed my previous work experience. I simply explained that I was leaving in a few weeks and was just doing some backpacking until then.
>>920150 Doesn't really matter when you consider net cafes are more expensive than hostels and less secure.. they don't have a real bed. Not to mention the fact you have to pay extra to use the shower.
Except net cafes aren't less secure. They're more secure. Like I said you have to find a decent one because none of them are exactly a like. Mine was a fully enclosed unit with a locking door and had free showers.
In a hostel you are in a group room with a bunch of other foreigners with your shit exposed basically 24/7. It's a stereotype because it's true but Japanese people (who you are surrounded by in an internet cafe) are simply more honest and less likely to fvck with your stuff than some random travelers in a hostel.
It also gives you your own private fiber optic internet connection and cable TV package which does wonders for your ability to relax instead of being constantly in the open and exposed to others like in a hostel environment.
And like I said before the free drinks. I know it sounds dumb to most but having an unlimited supply of fruit juice, teas, cafe mochas, coffee, slurpees, etc was a nice fall back source of calories that also provided a change of tastes. I drink water 90% of the time in normal situations but when you are having to resort to the bare minimum in terms of food for sometime days at a time getting some flavor variety really helps with one's morale.
Also in an internet cafe you don't have pressure from other travelers to go out and spend money on things you shouldn't be doing.
Try learning to read. I didn't want to live like that and the "hurr durr why didn't you fly to a cheaper country" is a dumb ass suggestion considering it is being made by you in hindsight. It's not like I knew exactly how long I would be homeless and I was working on accessing funds to return home in a country I was familiar with and felt safe in.
> I find it hard to believe you worked for the fbi
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