Anyone Live In Japan?

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  1. svalentine macrumors regular

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    Just curious if anyone here currently lives in Japan? I will be in country middle of next month for about 3 years!:D
     
  2. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    nope, but I would love too! what part are you living in? If I ever moved there I would love Tokyo (Ginza ;)) or Kobe
     
  3. svalentine thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm actually in the Air Force, so I will in Fussa, Tokyo. But, looking forward to seeing Shibuya and Roppongi!
     
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    Stay tuned. They are sleeping now, but will be right with you.
     
  5. svalentine thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good point. Only 6:30AM tomorrow :p
     
  6. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    I'll be in Shin Yokohama on Tuesday night until Saturday... looking forward to that flight Monday :rolleyes:. This will be my 25th time though -- so it's a sort of milestone. Then Korea the next week...

    Enjoy your time there -- I really like it.
     
  7. adk macrumors 68000

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    You'll love roppongi - for about an hour and a half. After that you realize that it's nothing more than a tourist trap with overpriced drinks. There are many, many places in Tokyo that are much cooler and more authentic.
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Roppongi is boring. Shinjuku and Shibuya are all about shopping, so if you like shopping, it's great. Shibuya has the busiest intersection in the world, I believe, but it's pretty fun to be in that crowd anyway when the lights turn red and around 1000 people are crossing the street every few minutes. :D Ginza is full of the more designer shops, from what I can remember.

    Also, when you're in central Tokyo, you may have trouble finding an internet cafe for tourists. The best thing to do is to email from an Apple store. Seriously. You may be different though, since you'll have a mobile to email from.
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    There are many things to see and do in Japan based upon where you will be.

    Besides the obvious sightseeing in Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Naka Meguro, Ginza, Tsukiji, Akihabara, Ropongi), there are many other cities and areas nearby to enjoy such as Yokohama, Odawara, Inoshima, Kamakura, etc. Get out and explore is a great way to meet the Japanese and learn about their culture.

    Be sure to climb Mt. Fuji and get your walking stick!

    Do you like skiing and snowboarding? Well if so, you are in luck as there are some very nice places to enjoy yourself.

    You can find clubs for many activities such as SCUBA diving, flying, golfing, etc.

    Plus there's Sumo matches, Kabuki theater, museums, Japanese gardens, shrines & temples, to see while here.

    When you get time you can travel to places like Hokkaido, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Matsumoto & Isu Peninsula, and then off Island to Okinawa, Korea, Guam, China, Hong Kong, Australia & Thailand.

    Your 3 years will go by very quickly. :)
     
  10. mrs macrumors newbie

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    I live in Osaka. Where are you going to be? What are you going to do here?

    If you want, you can send me PM and we can exchange e-mail addresses (or Facebook pages)
     
  11. iAlan macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, agreed. Most importantly, be sure to get out and about to other parts of the country as Sushi suggested - including Himeji Castle (between Osaka and Hiroshima) especially during cherry blossom 'season' which will be around the time you arrive by the sounds of things

    Edit: forgot to add, that I do indeed live in Japan (Tokyo actually)
     
  12. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    He will be living near Tokyo. He's in the Air Force.

    Good suggestion! :)
     
  13. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    Of course it snowed(!) yesterday in Shin Yokohama meaning that the Cherry Blossoms are hiding for a while longer. I did see a bunch in Kyoto later in the day though even though it was still pretty cold down there.
     
  14. followme macrumors regular

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    I live in Hyogo Prefecture, less than a half hour from Kobe and even closer to Himeji.

    There are a lot of things to see and do in Japan, but over the course of 3 years, you as many of my friends have will probably get quite "used to" it. Once the novelty of visiting shrines/temples and restaurants as worn off, and once you've shopped up and down through game/anime/book/clothing/food stores, there's little left to do that isn't something you could do elsewhere in the world (such as snowboard or go snorkeling).

    Don't get me wrong there's a lot of great things here to see and do, but it's not the wonderland that some people talk about it as. They are generally the obsessed ones who think that Japan is the holy grail of all of life's goals, and that living here is the ultimate success. They get here and a few years later most of them are eager to go back to their home country :).

    You'll be in the air force so that'll keep you busy, so perhaps you won't have time to see and do everything you want. Make a list of the top things you'd like to do while here, and go down the list. Himeji castle during sakura blossom season is pretty sweet.

    Here's a video I took of it while I was there:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIypPjIZ7CQ


    I also recommend wandering around Osaka and Kobe, too.
     
  15. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Where's the OP?

    I wonder why he hasn't visited this thread? He is still posting on MR as of yesterday. Hmmm...
     
  16. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I've been in Tokyo for the last 2 years and am on my way out to the USA in a few days. :) I just felt more comfortable living in the USA. But, I will have a tie with Japan as I own a property in Tokyo which I will rent out via my real estate management agency.
     
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    Yup! I live here, sorry I haven't read all the posts yet but where you moving to?
     
  19. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

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    I was there last summer for 3 1/2 weeks. (Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka).

    Will be returning this summer, and study abroad at my University, while studying Japanese. Been taking it for 4 years now.
     
  20. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Me too.

    Ok. Sorted. Lets do it.
     
  21. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Where at in Tokyo?

    It's a short thread and has already been stated.

    Hint, see Post #12.
     
  22. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I am in Chofu-shi, very close to he bike route on Tama River. I can see people jogging and biking on that trail after taking 30 steps.
     
  23. ozontheroad macrumors 6502

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    there are roughly 127,288,416 people living in japan :D
     
  24. magamo macrumors 6502

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    I was born in Osaka. I didn't think there was a thread about Japan on this forum.
     
  25. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I see. Outside the loop, or Tokyo proper.

    Many fun places along the Tama River. :)
     

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