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by sujihime
Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:36 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: rats from a sinking ship.
Replies: 14
Views: 3733

Kebab shop?!? Google Maps reference please! Going to Osaka in a few weeks, while there I already am planning to eat Mexican and Subway, a kebab would round up my 'international food' experience nicely. I live in a very small town, so Osaka is like a wondrous cosmopolitan paradise to me! :lol: When ...
by sujihime
Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:33 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: 3 of us living near each other - possible...or gay!?
Replies: 14
Views: 4209

I think maybe if you opt for rural areas you can get placed near each other. Because a couple of guys around here were college pals and are working in the same Nova branch.
by sujihime
Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Need advice on job search.
Replies: 6
Views: 2197

Wait it out. In my area they have already had JETs back out because they realized they were being sent to the middle of nowhere. We are getting some late JETs in the last group AND I don't think they've picked them yet. And this is just one example.
by sujihime
Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: hanko
Replies: 27
Views: 7875

I only have one. It's my first name in Katakana. I just had my husband's supervisor get me one. She picked to use my first name. All the gaijin in Izumo have their first name in Katakana for their hanko. I actually used mine a lot more than I thought I would, but it's because I didn't have a bank ac...
by sujihime
Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: 3 weeks left
Replies: 5
Views: 1925

suijhime, I liked your post except for the comment it's time to go back to the real world Japan is as real as the US, UK, and so on. Or have you been living the last two years in fantasyland? :( I'm sorry, I didn't mean it like that at all. For us, Japan is like a long honey-moon or vacation. My hu...
by sujihime
Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: 3 weeks left
Replies: 5
Views: 1925

3 weeks left

Wow. I less than 3 weeks left until I leave Japan with my husband. It's very exciting. I can say, I definitely am not undecided about this move. I know I will miss Japan a lot, but I am definitely not a lifer. These last are going to be super busy for me. I've stopped working at eikaiwa and only hav...
by sujihime
Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: Japanese TV Makes Me Want to Cry
Replies: 62
Views: 22698

:oops: I have dice. Lots of them. I'm such a nerd. No really, I am. But I'm happy and my husband is nerdy, too. So I guess that's all that matters. Anyways, my absolutely favorite jShow is called TV Champion and it's really interesting and funny. I'm sure you guys know it, I think one channel shows ...
by sujihime
Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Studying Japanese Effectively
Replies: 36
Views: 12889

I think this is amazing for you, but your tutor may have mixed feelings like I do. I have a few students who I think are pretty cool and would like to hang out with. But there's a big conflict of interest in that, if I start hanging out with them, I start to not become their teacher. How do you dif...
by sujihime
Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Abolition of the JET program
Replies: 23
Views: 7326

You have to remember what JET really stands for, too. Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. A big goal of the JET program is NOT to teach English, but to exchange culture. When you get into the JET program, you hear are lot about "internationalization". Whoever started the JET program, really wanted ...
by sujihime
Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Abolition of the JET program
Replies: 23
Views: 7326

I don't think the program should be abolished but I do think it needs to be changed and fixed so it works like it should. In some places, the program works really well. We have a JET friend who is always busy, loves his job, and has actually helped his student grow to love english and learn it easie...
by sujihime
Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:00 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 59
Views: 19841

I think the interviewer tried to steal my soul. Bad enough I was the last one out of 20 people, but I felt completely drained after it. Plus some of the questions were annoying. I can understand asking about how I handled a bad situation, but asking when I was in a situation when I felt different w...
by sujihime
Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:13 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Train groper
Replies: 13
Views: 4064

Re: Train groper

allblacks wrote:
Matsumoto fondled the buttocks of the 17-year-old victim from behind
They mean ass. I wouldn't say fanny, just because it's a kind of a silly word...
by sujihime
Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Why did you come to Japan/eikaiwa?
Replies: 27
Views: 9353

If your apartment wasn't paid for, you could have easily been in the red. Even if your rent was as low as 50,000 a month, that's 10k over two years. In a dual income home, I managed to pay off my student loans with my own savings, about 30,000 CAD over 4 years. Plus traveling. Ironically, now that ...
by sujihime
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:56 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 59
Views: 19841

I like to simplify things. It keeps me from panicking. Which is good because my interview is tomorrow morning and I'm very very nervous. Good luck with your interview. Don't let us make you nervous if this is what you really want to do. Have fun with it. If you get accepted, once you find out where...
by sujihime
Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Studying Japanese Effectively
Replies: 36
Views: 12889

The 'talking thing' is the really hard part about learning a new language. I have a BA in Japanese from a not shitty university. When I got here, I could barely speak at all, despite having so much grammar and vocab crammed into my head. I just couldn't get it out. It really makes me sad when I thin...
by sujihime
Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 59
Views: 19841

Look, guy, I'm sorry...but you are seriously missing some screws if you think moving to Japan from America is the same as moving from Louisiana to Texas. :shock: I guess maybe it is, but on a much grander scale. Language is not the only thing that is different in Japan. I feel like you are in for a ...
by sujihime
Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Why did you come to Japan/eikaiwa?
Replies: 27
Views: 9353

Did you actually succeed in saving any money? Despite my husband and I living mainly on his salary, we managed to save about $10k USD on our two years here. I just wish I was able to get a full time job, then we would have plenty of money saved for grad school and the like. He's on the JET program ...
by sujihime
Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Why did you come to Japan/eikaiwa?
Replies: 27
Views: 9353

I came to get better at speaking Japanese. I graduated with a BA in Japanese language but I could barely speak since we never practiced how to speak. I also came to explore the history, mythology/folklore, and culture of Japan. I'm leaving in less than two months and I can definitely say, while no w...
by sujihime
Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: Razor Ramon HG
Replies: 27
Views: 11166

Yeah, like she can't afford a fucking taxi? Or, you know, have her driver come pick her up? Or have one of her bodyguards drive? It's absolutely ridiculous that someone with that much money would ever drive drunk OR drive on a suspended license and get caught several times. It is annoying that it k...
by sujihime
Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Job Hunting in Japan
Replies: 4
Views: 2318

I was able to find a job before moving to Japan (but I didn't take it) Seriously, scour the internet for job oppurtunities. Gaijinpot has tons of jobs but it's very competitive. You will need to just look where you can find job listings. http://www.wizweb.com/%7Esusan/japan/ http://www.teachinginjap...
by sujihime
Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 59
Views: 19841

Wow. You know, there is an exchange student here in dinky little taisha. She came from New Zealand. She doesn't care to learn Japanese or really do Japanese things. She just came "for the experience" and she's absolutely miserable. I mean, she whines ALL THE TIME and puts no effort into things. She ...
by sujihime
Sat Jun 09, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: The Beach
Replies: 41
Views: 14137

I'm from Georgia and I live in Izumo (which is on the West Coast starting towards the south of Honshu or something). It's much colder here than where Im from. It lightly flurries in Georgia. In Izumo, it just dumps snow (well, not a lot, but the snow is very wet and heavy and cold here). Brrrr! Add ...
by sujihime
Mon May 21, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Odd ATM question
Replies: 27
Views: 11482

I really don't see the issue. It's pretty simple to use up coins. Hardly do purchases come out to a perfect 1000 yen or 100,200,300....etc You have the change to get rid of them every time you buy something. My partner has trouble using coins when we visit Canada. The 5,10,25 cent coins are all the...
by sujihime
Mon May 21, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Odd ATM question
Replies: 27
Views: 11482

Hah. I feel like updating! I finally took my change to the bank today. Turns out that we had Y4792 just sitting around. Woo! Always fun. It took forever for them to count it though. I mean, it was mostly 10, 5, and 1 yen coins. It kept jamming the machine and I had accidentally left some American co...
by sujihime
Tue May 15, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Just minding my business when...
Replies: 53
Views: 21692

My husband lost his wallet (again) recently and got it back. Well, he thought someone stole it from his car when he left it unlocked but apparently the person who found it found it on the street. Everything still in it. Just a shame that he cancelled all his cards and now he had no days off to re-d...
by sujihime
Fri May 11, 2007 12:47 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Question about marriage certificates in Japan
Replies: 7
Views: 2415

Wouldn't it be just as easy, if not easier, to go to the city office in the States and do the paperwork there? Surely it would also cost less than having any documents re-translated? That way you can ensure that your marriage is legal in the States. Well, the actual translation isn't too bad, but w...
by sujihime
Thu May 10, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Question about marriage certificates in Japan
Replies: 7
Views: 2415

Wouldn't it be just as easy, if not easier, to go to the city office in the States and do the paperwork there? Surely it would also cost less than having any documents re-translated? That way you can ensure that your marriage is legal in the States. Well, the actual translation isn't too bad, but w...
by sujihime
Thu May 10, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Question about marriage certificates in Japan
Replies: 7
Views: 2415

Question about marriage certificates in Japan

I know a lot of you guys are happily married, so this means you may have the information I need! A year and a half ago, my husband and I got married in Japan. We are both gaijin. We went to Osaka and got the documents that we needed to get married. Then we came back to Izumo and got married at the C...
by sujihime
Sun May 06, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: GW
Replies: 14
Views: 4419

I chose to work on Tues, Wed, and Thurs to get a little extra dollars for the month, but the husband took the entire week off. JETs had Monday, Thursday, and Friday off, but most were advised to take Tuesday and Wednesday off as well. What a long week! And now I find my monday class has been cancele...
by sujihime
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: bicycles up on the sidewalks
Replies: 33
Views: 14531

Mine disappeared back it came back. About a week or so after it was stolen the police called and said, "Your bike is discovery!" Still had my key in the lock and everything! Lots of paperwork though and three cops sitting around me all scratching their heads and looking at the Japanese to English p...