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« Reply #901 on: July 06, 2021, 06:59:16 AM »

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« Reply #903 on: September 17, 2021, 12:23:57 PM »
I had a 5.5 tatami sized apt. for $400 a month in Mitaka. Thatís still 23 Ward region. No one could believe how cheap, despite the size.

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« Reply #904 on: September 17, 2021, 02:09:29 PM »
I had a 5.5 tatami sized apt. for $400 a month in Mitaka. Thatís still 23 Ward region. No one could believe how cheap, despite the size.

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And you're not a small guy. How the hell did you live in that?

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« Reply #905 on: September 17, 2021, 03:02:05 PM »
I had a 5.5 tatami sized apt. for $400 a month in Mitaka. Thatís still 23 Ward region. No one could believe how cheap, despite the size.

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And you're not a small guy. How the hell did you live in that?


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« Reply #906 on: September 18, 2021, 05:39:29 PM »
I had a 5.5 tatami sized apt. for $400 a month in Mitaka. Thatís still 23 Ward region. No one could believe how cheap, despite the size.

I lived in an even-smaller (I think?) sized dorm room, for a month, in Tokyo one summer.  Nerima-ku IIRC.  There were people who lived in them full-time for years.  Couldn't even fathom it!

Edit: Found a video someone took!

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« Reply #907 on: September 19, 2021, 09:24:17 PM »
I had a 5.5 tatami sized apt. for $400 a month in Mitaka. Thatís still 23 Ward region. No one could believe how cheap, despite the size.

Nice... pretty close to the Ghibli Museum? I remember heading from my hotel in Minato all the way to Mitaka, only to get to the museum and realize I forgot my ticket back in the hotel... and then had to go all the way back and forth. I thought Mitaka looked like a cute suburban town and wished I could've spent a tiny bit more time there.
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« Reply #908 on: September 30, 2021, 06:33:36 PM »
I had a 5.5 tatami sized apt. for $400 a month in Mitaka. Thatís still 23 Ward region. No one could believe how cheap, despite the size.

I lived in an even-smaller (I think?) sized dorm room, for a month, in Tokyo one summer.  Nerima-ku IIRC.  There were people who lived in them full-time for years.  Couldn't even fathom it!

Edit: Found a video someone took!



That's both LARGER and BRIGHTER than the "apartment" I had. My kitchenette was the same size, but placed in the foyer/genkan. I had a single futon in there, and there was not room for a desk.

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« Reply #909 on: October 01, 2021, 07:30:19 AM »
I had a 5.5 tatami sized apt. for $400 a month in Mitaka. Thatís still 23 Ward region. No one could believe how cheap, despite the size.

I lived in an even-smaller (I think?) sized dorm room, for a month, in Tokyo one summer.  Nerima-ku IIRC.  There were people who lived in them full-time for years.  Couldn't even fathom it!

Edit: Found a video someone took!



That's both LARGER and BRIGHTER than the "apartment" I had. My kitchenette was the same size, but placed in the foyer/genkan. I had a single futon in there, and there was not room for a desk.


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Almost sounds like a converted closet. :dizzy
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« Reply #910 on: October 01, 2021, 06:00:29 PM »
I guess it helps you become a more organized space-efficient person for the rest of your life?

My place in Japan was shitty, but it wasn't small. Was like living room + bedroom + small hall kitchen & bathroom. The bed in the bedroom was pretty gross and the carpet smelled funky so I just threw down a tatami in the living room and a small tv and just lived in one room space tho.

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« Reply #911 on: October 02, 2021, 09:14:50 PM »
I guess it helps you become a more organized space-efficient person for the rest of your life?

My place in Japan was shitty, but it wasn't small. Was like living room + bedroom + small hall kitchen & bathroom. The bed in the bedroom was pretty gross and the carpet smelled funky so I just threw down a tatami in the living room and a small tv and just lived in one room space tho.

My apartment had two rooms, a kitchen, and then separate bathroom/toilet spaces.  The size wasn't bad- the condition, however, was another story, lol.  Was your place a designated long-term "JET residence?"  Mine had been used for that going back to at least the early 90's and there was stuff from the previous occupants all over the place.  I kind of just lived in it as-is at first, pretty much in just the living (tatami) room and used the other room as a giant walk-in closet.  Then my parents came to visit and were horrified at the condition of some of the spaces.  My dad spent like half a day cleaning the shower room out- it was orange before he got there and I thought that was the color- turns out it was white.  :lol  Then I added some newer furniture, appliances, put up blinds, closet hanging rods, etc.  and made it way more livable.

When I got married and my wife moved in, we spent a long time cleaning out the place and turned the other room into a bedroom with futon bed frames.  There was a big wall-spanning closet in one room that was pretty deep and I kept pulling stuff out from the different people who lived there.  Just the most random shit you could think of- no idea why nobody else ever bothered to clean it out before we did.  The ALT desks in the teachers' rooms were the same way.
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« Reply #912 on: October 02, 2021, 10:48:01 PM »
Yeah, mine was a long-time JET/teachers residence. It reminded me of those container homes. Long rectangle. And condition wasn't great for sure. I remember I had to shovel snow off the roof regularly during the winter so the roof wouldn't collapse and kill me in my sleep.

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« Reply #914 on: November 18, 2021, 01:57:30 AM »
At least I was able to go to the one in Akihabara. :(

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« Reply #915 on: November 18, 2021, 04:31:14 AM »
At least I was able to go to the one in Akihabara. :(

I still canít believe I lived in Tokyo for a year and a half and didnít manage to make it to the Kowloon themed arcade in Kawasaki before it closed. Still kicking myself over that.

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« Reply #916 on: November 19, 2021, 07:31:22 AM »
At least I was able to go to the one in Akihabara. :(

I still canít believe I lived in Tokyo for a year and a half and didnít manage to make it to the Kowloon themed arcade in Kawasaki before it closed. Still kicking myself over that.



Oh wow, I would have loved to have checked this out.   :'(
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« Reply #917 on: November 20, 2021, 03:11:43 AM »
I went there a month or two before it closed.

Cool in concept but TBH it was kinda like those really intricate plastic food replicas they have in the windows outside of restaurants. It was a lot of crane games and those modern 3D versus games(I don't know what you call them) and the retro games they had weren't in great shape from what I remember.

I was way more impressed with Mikado.

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« Reply #918 on: November 23, 2021, 04:21:21 AM »

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« Reply #920 on: December 01, 2021, 11:06:36 PM »
I thought the borders were still closed to non-essential workers? Didn't think they ever lifted them, otherwise I would've made travel plans to visit. And if they're just going to keep shutting the borders for 6-12 months every time there's a new variant, I guess Japan will never have tourists again.

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« Reply #921 on: December 02, 2021, 12:24:29 AM »
I thought the borders were still closed to non-essential workers? Didn't think they ever lifted them, otherwise I would've made travel plans to visit. And if they're just going to keep shutting the borders for 6-12 months every time there's a new variant, I guess Japan will never have tourists again.

There has never been a lift on tourist visas. They've been blocked for a bit now.

Everyone's allowed to leave. There was a full closure on returning to Japan for everyone, I think. Then they excepted citizens on business, and then citizens in general. THEN they caught hell for not allowing foreign residents back in, so they lifted that.

That's when I took my trip to the USA. Got back the very end of September. October and November pass, and here we are again.

I'd be unable to get home to Japan if I had to travel now.
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« Reply #922 on: December 02, 2021, 12:50:56 AM »
Oh wow, that's insane.

Like other countries remove tourist block = Japan keeps tourist block
Other countries add tourist blocking = Japan starts blocking their own citizens from coming back


Is there a reason the PM is so scared shitless and running 100% Xenophobia in 2021? Doesn't a huge % of Japan's economy, especially in cities like Kyoto come from tourism dollars?

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« Reply #923 on: December 02, 2021, 01:21:31 AM »
The end of Prime Minister Abeís reign saw a return to an open hawkish, conservative attitude.

Several foreigners I know have been stopped on the street by police officers for absolutely no reason in the past few months.

Japan has always had it out for foreigners, they have just been more open with it during this fearful time with Covid.

The citizenry are consistently convinced that foreigners are what bring disease into the country. I have had men leave the public baths when I enter, because they think foreigners are the ones that brought HIV/AIDS into Japan. I have had English lessons with Japanese businessman who bragged about their sex tour of Thailand, and paying additional money for ďcleanĒ prostitutes so they donít need to use condoms. There is some remarkably backward thinking here.

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« Reply #924 on: December 02, 2021, 02:06:46 AM »
Terrible stuff :(

I haven't really followed politics over there since Abe left.

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« Reply #925 on: December 02, 2021, 09:27:20 PM »
Terrible stuff :(

I haven't really followed politics over there since Abe left.
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« Reply #926 on: December 06, 2021, 02:25:54 AM »
http://twitter.com/acstokyo/status/1467629914857816065


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« Reply #927 on: December 06, 2021, 09:52:16 AM »
I recently discovered that there is a global shortage of Japanese whiskey. Everything is pretty much sold out and there won't be any new stock for many years. I was lucky to pick up a bottle of Yamazaki while traveling last week.