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by Privileged
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Thanks for the good times
Replies: 19
Views: 346

Re: Thanks for the good times

Just chiming in to express same sentiments here. Made a big impression on me while contemplating my own move over in the early 2000s. Thanks, static would be cool, will pm Ralph in case no one else has...
by Privileged
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: sushi
Replies: 5
Views: 725

sushi

This is a reminder for those of you still living in the holy land to grab some 回転 sushi at your next possible convenience. Here in the States, or at least the Midwest, people still think it's all about dragon rolls, or spider rolls, or whatever the fuck nonsense. I was in a high-end reputable joint ...
by Privileged
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Online Transactions with Foreign Names
Replies: 11
Views: 1347

Re: Online Transactions with Foreign Names

Yeah I probably didn't put that clearly enough. I meant they don't want to deal with shipping abroad. (I live back in the States now so if they ship to foreigners in Japan, I support that, but it doesn't really help me.) Thanks for the offer allblacks. I hope to visit often enough to not take you up...
by Privileged
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: The Gaijin Social Order
Replies: 21
Views: 1505

Re: The Gaijin Social Order

Also amount of time. I'm guilty of this I guess but it also makes sense. When I first got there I didn't want to be a guy who moved to Japan to hang out with a bunch of other Westerners who moved to Japan. After a couple years and extended periods of time functioning only around Japanese people and ...
by Privileged
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Online Transactions with Foreign Names
Replies: 11
Views: 1347

Re: Online Transactions with Foreign Names

I remember at a bank where my name was say LAST FIRST INITIAL and somehow having some other form of something... gaijin card? passport? payment? I don't remember which was which but something else was FIRST INITIAL LAST. WOAH WOAH WOAH, who the fuck are you? ?!?!? Really? That's not what's on your d...
by Privileged
Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever
Replies: 21
Views: 2273

Re: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever

I think his first post was something about leaving a fish or some other dead animal behind something so it would rot when he moved out of an apartment. And then not long later something about banging his GF's sister or something like that. Of course all BS. What was his name.... I forgot about this...
by Privileged
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Looking for tokyo apartments for foreigners
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Re: Looking for tokyo apartments for foreigners

I have not used them. I used kimi willbe and was happy with them at the time.

If you are on the ground and speak the language decently you can probably do better, but if not, or if you simply don't want to put the time and effort in, I'd recommend kimi willbe.
by Privileged
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: soul of japan
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: soul of japan

that's interesting. I've taken some pokes around reddit looking for good Japanese content. I don't really get it. I get the forum format. If you have gobs of free time feel free to PM me how to enjoy Japan-related content on reddit.
by Privileged
Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:54 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: soul of japan
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: soul of japan

Wow thanks for doing the work of reading that senseiman. I read that a couple times and, if I follow, and I'm not sure I do, he meets ladies who like sake and then pours it on her and watches it run down to her snatch? A Japanese friend taught me the word "wakezake" which is like seaweed sake, which...
by Privileged
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: soul of japan
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

soul of japan

I found this blog around 2008. I wasn't sure if it was real or not but I definitely thought it was amazing either way. Basically, this is a black American self-described "Japanese Nationalist" who seemed to define a love of Japanese culture as fried things on rice, Japanese women's volleyball, and t...
by Privileged
Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: W.T.F.?
Replies: 10
Views: 3036

Re: W.T.F.?

I don't really know. I feel like gaijin bars are already set to cater to and do things more Western style, so I doubt bands there are paying to rent them out. Barely related anecdote: when I first arrived in Tokyo and was exploring my neighborhood I walked into a place labeled "pub." Because that me...
by Privileged
Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: W.T.F.?
Replies: 10
Views: 3036

Re: W.T.F.?

well, there is an active and thriving scene of pretty much any imaginable genre doing it not for money at all. The band I was in from maybe 2006 is still going and believe me, they aren't making money. we played with tons of similar bands. it's a catch 22, no one hears about them because... they are...
by Privileged
Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: What's happened to Eikaiwa?
Replies: 68
Views: 12093

Re: What's happened to Eikaiwa?

I miss the active forums too. Part of the cycle of life, I want posts from the Japan/eikaiwa newbies! Both to laugh at and to relive.
by Privileged
Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Fun things to do in Shinjuku
Replies: 18
Views: 3340

Re: Fun things to do in Shinjuku

Lock Up was fun once. I remember walking around Shibuya not long after I had moved over and just looking for anything to do. I loved that the entrance is like a haunted house where when you step on a particular place it triggers lights and sounds and stuff. I got to the front and was told, for some ...
by Privileged
Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: multiple part time jobs - advanced maneuver
Replies: 12
Views: 3036

Re: multiple part time jobs - advanced maneuver

A lot of people I knew really didn't want to work the weekend. Whenever that lady called, I'd do it. Did I want to show up there Sat at 10? HELL NO. But she did a lot for me and it feels a lot better to work at place where you feel there is some mutual appreciation as opposed to antagonism. Addition...
by Privileged
Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: multiple part time jobs - advanced maneuver
Replies: 12
Views: 3036

Re: multiple part time jobs - advanced maneuver

None of these were direct private lessons, most didn't cancel (the business lesson was clearly guys who were happy to have an excuse to get out of work early), and the majority that did I was paid anyway. Another reason I lucked out is I was living very close to the center of Tokyo, so I was never t...
by Privileged
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: multiple part time jobs - advanced maneuver
Replies: 12
Views: 3036

multiple part time jobs - advanced maneuver

I taught for over six years in Tokyo. Here's how I got better jobs over time. I’m posting where I worked and how I made the changes and what the benefits of each place were in case it would be of benefit to anyone teaching there now or thinking about it. Stuff like moving out of the AEON apartment a...
by Privileged
Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Life After Japan
Replies: 22
Views: 5999

Re: Life After Japan

I moved to Japan in my late 20s around 2004 and came back to the US in 2011 in my mid 30s. That is a tough time to be gone. It's not like I was right out of college and doing a year or two abroad. A lot of the foreigners I wound up being friends with were there before me and are still there now. And...
by Privileged
Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Who Left Tokyo? Was it the right decision?
Replies: 5
Views: 966

Re: Who Left Tokyo? Was it the right decision?

How long were you there? I stayed 6.5 years. At 35 and still doing eikaiwa, etc, it was always a looming question. I sort of kept telling myself "one more year" and probably would have continued to if not for the series of disasters signaling that this was probably the time to end it. Been back with...
by Privileged
Thu May 05, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: questions about JET programme
Replies: 12
Views: 1556

Re: questions about JET programme

I noticed that the JET programme pays 3.6 million yen which is 44k in US money, which seems to me to be a lot for a liberal arts majors to make straight out of school, considering starting pay of public school teachers can be like 30k. What should be the criteria to land a job in JET? The exchange ...
by Privileged
Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: Out of Eikaiwa
Topic: Renewing Eikaiwa Visa With Different Source of Income?
Replies: 13
Views: 2540

Re: Renewing Eikaiwa Visa With Different Source of Income?

Always been curious what happened with this.

Any updates?
by Privileged
Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Aeon & ECC - opinions
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Re: Aeon & ECC - opinions

I think you will do fine either way. - good call choosing eikaiwa over JET if you want an urban placement - 55,000 single furnished aeon apartment sounds like an advantage to me - pretty sure aeon is more annoying to work for - you will likely get a taste for their brand of weirdness at your intervi...
by Privileged
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: lifes little greats
Replies: 2829
Views: 182992

Re: lifes little greats

Yesterday I went to make coffee and the bag of grounds ended exactly at the amount I wanted. I find myself annoyed by so many trivial things on a daily basis, and I got to thinking, the opposite is a better way to go. There is a quote, "Look for the absurd in everything, and you will find it." I dec...
by Privileged
Sun May 30, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Pay Your NHK Bill
Replies: 20
Views: 1201

Re: Pay Your NHK Bill

I have been in this apartment over 2 years and had my first visit just a few weeks ago. I said I didn't have a TV. He said ok and left.
by Privileged
Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: I think my first day went horribly...
Replies: 29
Views: 2292

Re: I think my first day went horribly...

My school gave me a better welcome than that but still much the same. I recommend wandering the halls between classes, smile, look friendly, and say hello to the kids. Eventually a couple will get wound up and shout some crap English at you. Over time teachers will see you doing this and think you a...
by Privileged
Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: The Business Center
Topic: Trading the Stockmarket
Replies: 7
Views: 3902

Re: Trading the Stockmarket

My favorite is eur/chf. The Swiss National Bank declared 1.5 a "line in the sand" and said they would intervene before that level. When it gets close, I put an order in and wait. As obvious as that is, it has yielded consistent results. I have also been trading AUD/USD and USD/CAD, basically hopping...
by Privileged
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: The Business Center
Topic: Trading the Stockmarket
Replies: 7
Views: 3902

Re: Trading the Stockmarket

I have been managing to post small but consistent gains to my forex account, pretty much according to plan. The money is not much to speak of yet, but I am trying to stay focused on the long term, get the account up to size, and with that experience and confidence behind me start taking larger posit...
by Privileged
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: How many eikaiwa outfits have you toiled for?
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Re: How many eikaiwa outfits have you toiled for?

I'm at around a dozen, though as senseiman said some were once a week. AEON, Interac, then on to mom and pops, or at least smaller companies. The nice thing is having had that many jobs I know enough to know and appreciate that the ones I have now are really nice. Though I still need to get my ass (...
by Privileged
Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: The Business Center
Topic: forex companies in Japan
Replies: 3
Views: 2103

Re: forex companies in Japan

Tokaiwa investments fucking suck. If I am not mistaken they offer you the fantastic deal that you bring $50,000 and they "guide" you on how to trade -- letting you keep 50% of the profit! At no risk to them! Anyway I did a lot of research and a bit of learning the hard way for anyone who is interest...
by Privileged
Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:35 am
Forum: The Business Center
Topic: GaijinTax.Com - An English Teacher's Guide To Reducing Tax
Replies: 21
Views: 4436

Re: GaijinTax.Com - An English Teacher's Guide To Reducing Tax

Just wanted to post support for what a great site this is. Besides getting 130,000 back (a good 1/2 month's salary for me) my residence tax is considerably lower too (80,000). Basically everything this site advised worked great for me. I suppose some risk, I was paranoid about getting audited, not b...