in Japan can be rewarding but socially isolating.
Living on the fringe and not participating will leave you feeling left
out and longing to be home. There a few things you can do to get the most
out of your experience in this advanced culture. Japan can be exciting
and very rewarding for the person who takes the initiative to peel off
some of its superficial layers. You will find if you at least make an effort
to speak the language people will tend to help you a whole lot more. Japanese
people know it’s difficult and most will excuse your faux pas. If you are
staying in the country for an extended period you should be thinking about
taking lessons. You will most likely make some good contacts this way and
could make things open up for you. Like any language, learning Japanese
takes time and commitment. Get a couple of good translation books and study
them. Get the basics down so you can ask for directions and read a menu.
If you are persistent if will come to you. The more you immerse yourself
in it the faster you will become fluent.- Behind
the Sushi Curtain: Life in Japan uncovered.
Real Estate Marketplace Property In Japan - Current Listings
Properties listed with private realtors carry heavy fees and commissions,
while properties listed with the court system are cheap enough to buy outright.
Every prefecture has a district court. In some prefectures there
is a branch in each major city. The courts deal in real estate and
they have a separate section for this. Unlike some countries, you
don’t have to be a citizen or even a permanent resident to own, only a
resident. This means that your name is on file at city hall as a
foreign resident. Some courts have real estate listed on websites
for easy viewing. Houses, lots, fields, buildings whatever are available
but you have to be here.
the Sushi Curtain: Life in Japan uncovered
- Japan is a fascinating country and is full of wonders for travelers.
Be sure to get a good travel guide and plan a trip. Trains and buses are
the best bet. Shop around for passes that will get you the best value.
Some people go to Japan for business then leave as soon as their business
deal is done. This is a sad mistake. If you can set aside at least 2 weeks
to hit the high points you’ll be glad you did. It’s a small country with
a great transportation infrastructure. You can do an amazing trip crisscrossing
the country with a rail pass and have the time of your life. Some trains
are magnetically levitated. This means they actually float over the tracks
on about an inch of air. They are smooth and fast. Japan also has some
of the world’s fastest bullet trains. Your trip doesn’t have to be expensive
if you eat in noodle shops, sleep in hostels and squeeze the most out of
your time sensitive rail pass.
& Working In Japan – Visa Choices - So
you want to live in Japan. That’s fine for 90 days at a time (maybe 120
if you hold certain passports). Let me just say, I am NOT a visa expert.
I am still going through the process myself. But here are some of my thoughts
on the whole getting a visa thing. The first thing you need to do
is work out why you are coming to Japan. Work is fine, if you have a job,
your employer will help you get your visa sorted and away you go. But what
about the rest of us poor schlobs! (or maybe just me!!) Initially as I
was planning on studying martial arts, I assumed a cultural visa would
do. In some respects that was right. However, I have a child and soon to
be wife. Somehow I think we are going to need to eat. (If it was just me
I could live in a tent in the mountains and eat what us Aussie’s call “bush
tucker” – foraged food from the environment. But that is no life for a
3 year old boy and his city bred mother!) With research I discovered I
could apply for certain dispensations to gain permission to work 20-28
hours a week on said cultural visa. That’s not too bad, would get us fed.
Samantha, who has JUST turned 30, is still (just) eligible for a working
holiday visa. So again, that allows her to work, but she MUST leave Japan
after 12 months.
Mount Fuji - Having just turned 31, I had
never experienced living or working abroad. Canada came to mind, as I had
previously visited Vancouver during my days as a flight attendant and I’d
loved it. London also beckoned and then there was Europe that was only
hours away on top of the fact that I had relatives in France whom I could
stay with. For whatever reason … I ended up in Japan. For six months, I
was an English language instructor in the land of the rising sun. Anyone
who has ever lived in another foreign city will appreciate both the trepidation
and the excitement that a new culture offers. Japan was an assault to the
senses – Tokyo was a melting hot-pot of activity, mixing the traditional
and the modern in sometimes chaotic and often mysterious ways. Teaching
English was a delight, but at night I was plagued. I could not sleep. The
frenetic energy of Tokyo pulled me into fractal waves of unsettling proportions.
I often wandered the streets (where I lived in Azabu-Jaban) until the early
hours of the morning.
to Getting a Better ESL Job in Asia - Teaching
hours are usually more but actual working hours are less. Franchises abound.
After the kids finish public school they’re off to another school for a
solid day of 12 hours+ of school. They are essentially “businesses”. Again
conditions vary. Schools are opening and closing down all the time. Many
teachers have felt that there duties sometimes can extend up and beyond
the “normal” call of what they imagine a teacher to be. Some cater to parents
wishes, parents who usually have no idea of what’s actually best for there
kids’ level and/or don’t speak any English. Many schools directors don’t
speak English either, so there can be communication problems. *Materials
and curriculum vary and often they are subpar and/or at an inappropriate
level for the students. This can lead to more preparation time and/or poor
lessons, better materials are easier to prepare with and lead to better
Citizenship - On Your Own - I've lived in
Japan for about seven years which is considered a long time by Japanese
people and non-Japanese alike. It is considered a long time because most
people don't come here to stay but rather to experience living in "First
World" Asia and to earn a bit of money. I had always wanted to live outside
the States and had long thought about the possibility of permanently living
outside the United States. I wasn't sure where to look but in middle school
and high school most of my best friends were from Asia as minorities tended
to stick together in my school. I got an introduction to the values of
the region through them and their families.
Property in the Philippines & Japan -
In order to live, work and study in Japan you need a visa. There
are many types of visas and different ways to get them. To
get a work visa you have to have a job before you come to Japan.
If you have a four year degree from a university you can be issued the
Specialist in the Humanities visa which is commonly given to those who
come to Japan to teach English. You need a sponsor i.e. an employer to
get this kind of visa. The internet is a good resource for finding
jobs in Japan. Just use your favorite search engine and use key words
like, “ESL teaching positions Japan” and sift through the matches.
The are so many English teacher job posting websites these days that it
won’t take long to come up with a long list of prospects.
on the Farm - Homesteading In Japan - Homesteading In Japan
- I don’t know if anyone has ever considered homesteading in one of the
most densely populated expensive countries in the world. Japan probably
does not come to mind when considering buying a farm or developing a piece
of land, but because of some interesting demographics and economics, Japan
should be on anyone’s list of possibilities if homesteading is your desire,
especially if you have or plan to have children. I will tell you why. To
anyone who has visited or even thinks of visiting Japan, the images of
Tokyo skyscrapers and oozing masses of people crammed into dinky dwellings
that rent per month for more than a years wages in many countries, comes
to mind. But there is another Japan. I am talking about rural Japan, outside
of the cities.
On $500 A Month - South East Asia - Some people
regard Third World and Developing World countries with fear or even derision.
Granted they don’t have the same lifestyle, things happen more slowly in
some countries, often not at all. Problems that locals shrug off, like
power outages, or water shortages could drive you nuts. Yet if you are
prepared to adapt you’ll find there’s a uniqueness of culture, warm weather
and warm people. Places where $500 a month can afford you a nice retirement
are becoming harder to find. South East Asia allows you to tick the retirement-with-ease
boxes. Granted it is an adventure and you’ll certainly never live like
a king. But then, do you really live like one now!
on $500 a Month – Part 2 ~ Following on from
last month, Ken Bayliss provides information and insight on how you can
comfortably retire on an income of just $500 a month in Cambodia and the
Philippines. Once, nearly a thousand years ago, it was the big player in
South East Asia. Its empire became vast and influential but Cambodia now
seems like any another Third World country. Time has taken these
glories and in the modern period, after a trying internal war, they are
finally coming out of the nightmare. The 10 million Cambodians are a surprisingly
happy lot, considering their recent difficult history.
for the Japanese Job Market - Looking for
a job in Japan is not so different from the rest of the world - the main
requirements being patience, determination, and an everlasting smile!!
The first place to begin your search would have to CareerCross Japan's
job search page where there is a large selection of positions currently
available that can be applied for by the click of a button. Also by registering
as a member with CareerCross you can post your resume in the Resume Bank
and receive regular email up dates of new jobs as soon as they arrive.
There are of course other recruitment sites out there on the web, but we
believe ours is the best, so we will not bore you with information on the
Your Mouse Cursor To A Job in Japan - In the
heyday of teaching English in Japan, way back in the 1980’s, while the
Internet was still just a twinkle in Bill Gates’ eye, the best way to find
a job in Japan was to buy yourself a plane ticket to Tokyo’s Narita Airport,
pick up a copy of the Japan Times at the train station kiosk on Monday
morning, and apply in person for any of the dozens of jobs listed in the
classified section. But all that has changed. While the Japan Times
is still a great way to find yourself a job in Japan, these days, “dot.com”
is definitely the way to go. The World Wide Web is now the quintessential
“Jobs in Japan” resource, in which a simple keyword search, such as “jobs
Japan” or “teach English Japan,” will yield a bonanza of websites that
cater specifically to job seekers with a wanderlust for the Orient.
Gaijin Life for Me” Teaching English in Japan
- I went to Japan with no definite plan on leaving. It was a post-grad
school adventure, and a time to be without a plan. Right after graduation
with a master’s degree in social work that I wasn’t keen on using right
away, the interim goal was to find a job teaching English abroad, most
likely in Asia somewhere. An ad in the Boston Globe lead me to Nova Group
– what turned out to be a corporate-run extensive network of English language
schools all over Japan. They were looking for candidates in possession
of a B.A in English to teach in the Kanto (Tokyo, Yokohama) and Kansai
(Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe) regions of the country. After a perfunctory
interview during which my credentials were verified, I was hired pending
further visa application. This was the beginning of my odyssey. A
few months later in September of 1994, I was flying an Asiana Airlines
widebody to Tokyo Narita airport.
to make big $$$ in Japan - As you're
probably already aware, Japan is a very unique place. No where else in
the world will you find the same outrageous opportunities to make money
that are open to just about anyone. English Teaching. The most common job
for new foreigners is teaching English. Despite the thousands of English
schools and 12 years of study at school, the English level in Japan remains
at lower intermediate, ensuring strong demand for teachers. Every type
of class and situation exists from Elementary schools right through to
Flight Attendant Colleges. It can also be a great way into a previously
non-existent position. I know of one teacher at a top Advertising agency
who later became an English copywriter. He had no experience whatsoever
in copywriting, they just liked him and enjoyed his lessons.
in Japan. A word from a veteran.. -
"I love the Japanese YEN!" Japan is still one of the best EXPAT destinations
for both professionals and ordinary people who want to reap in a high return
for their work. I've been in Japan for 7 years, and worked in 5 different
cities and 4 different industries. Before I get started, let me sum
up my advice in just a few words: If you are thinking about coming to Japan,
be ready to work- and work hard. And if you can do that, you will
get paid. Work! Even if you're a student why not make 500 dollars
a week on the side while you're here? This equates to 2 hours a day
of teaching English. But your employment opportunities are in no
way limited to English teaching jobs.
In Japan - Restoring A Home In The Japanese Countryside-
In a previous article I described how to purchase a used house from the
courts in Japan. But how do you restore and repair a house that may be
fifty to 200 years old? As with any house in need of repair you have to
ask yourself can you foot the bill or do you need a loan. Who will do the
repairs? The first thing to remember is that there are always options.
Getting a loan as a foreigner in Japan is not easy. Banks will not even
talk to you unless you have permanent residence (Eijuuken) or citizenship.So
if you do not have either of these it would be difficult to have massive
work done on the house unless you had a nice sized savings. How much money
you have may ultimately determine where you go to have the work done. Large
well known companies are expensive and want payment up front or in two
installments.If you cannot afford that there are further options.
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