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Re: Seeking Healers - Amatsu in Japan?
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I'll send you a private message with some info but I need to check and see if he's taking any new clients first.

Posted on: 2013/4/22 16:48
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Re: Used or Cheap Guitars in Tokyo?
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Around ochanomizu station there are tons of used/new guitar shops. I've heard that's where the best deals are and have been there several times. I think that's where you should go!

Posted on: 2012/4/13 16:18
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Re: Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
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Hey, I believe the JET Programme has been discussed lots over the years here. It's a good job for people who are interested in Japan AND teaching English. Since they send people all over the country, there is a chance that applicants don't get placed in their preferred locations. So placement can be a gamble if you intend to train in bujinkan. That said, I did 5 years on JET and it was a great experience. Lots of people use it as a springboard to other jobs in Japan since they offer Japanese language lessons and push their teachers to interact with the community. The pay is better than almost all of the private companies too.

*Edited to add: If you have any questions, post them here, or send me a direct message!

Posted on: 2011/4/28 13:53
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Re: Azusa Ryokan
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Posted on: 2009/9/16 10:30
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Re: Azusa Ryokan
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Have a good time training.

If they are full up, you can try Tenshiyama (http://bujinkan.graycastle.com/tenshiyama/), or I can give you info on the Kashiwa Plaza hotel.

Posted on: 2009/9/16 10:24
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Re: Teaching English in Japan
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So how much free time does a foreign assistant English teacher in Japan have?

ALT or AETs (Assistant Language/English Teachers) usually work 36-40 hours a week. My contract is for 8:15-4:00 but I usually come in just before 8 and sometimes stay until 5 or even later. It depends on how much prep work I have for the next days classes. If I use my time wisely, I can usually leave around 4. So we usually have lots of free time. We usually don't work on Saturdays or Sundays unless there is a school event or open school, but we usually get a day off later on down the road to make up for it. Different ALT companies have different work hours. One company I looked at going through wanted me to stay until 5:30 everyday.
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How much YEN does it take for a week's worth of food?
This depends on how much you eat. My school lunch is about 250 each day. And for breakfast, I can grab something from the store if I am in a hurry, but I prefer some tofu or oatmeal in the morning, those are really cheap. For dinner, you can get really cheap dinners for around 5 or 6 hundred yen at stores, and there will probably be cheap places to eat. I can eat for about 1000 yen/day, sometimes more, sometimes less. Also, at night there is discounted food at the grocery stores!

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How much do the trains cost?

It depends on how far you want to go. For my daily commmute, I pay 310yen each way. At my old job, I could drive or ride a bike to work. So this depends on your situation.

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p.s. why is everything green now

Kouryuu willed it and it was so.

Recently the pay at some of the ALT dispatch companies has decreased. RCS was going to give me 240,000/month, Interac was 255,000 and Hart I think is offering about 220,000 (for new hires/sometimes depends on location too) But JET is accepting applications now and they pay 300,000/month, and they only accept applications once a year.

Also, if you are considering working in Japan, Most contracts are for one year (sometimes you can get a 6 month one, but those aren't so common). The companies and the schools expect the ALT to stay for the whole school year. So be prepared to do that, and even if you don't like your location, you will have to stay there for at least one year, so try to accept locations that you want. If you reject your offered position on JET, you won't get a second one, so be warned, but Interac and RCS let me choose where I wanted to go out of all the places that they had available. And they really seemed to care about my preferences.

If you have any more questions you can PM me or email me. I'm not on JET anymore, but am still in the ALT business, I can give you advice on interview and application techniques too.

Posted on: 2009/9/10 15:16
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Re: Be careful of Japanese laws
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Cycling after Drinking
Please be aware of this law too. This has recently become a big deal here. I remember last year when all my coworkers started talking about not biking to our office parties. Getting caught drinking and biking can land you in jail up to 5 years and up to a one million yen fine. Not to mention it is also dangerous. I know a man who was paralyzed after he fell into a rice paddy. AFter about a month, slowly he started to regain the use of his body, but even now he can't bend his fingers. So please be careful.

Also mentioned are 50,000yen fines for using your cell phone or an umbrella while biking. These might not land you in jail or kicked out of the country, but they will ruin your trip.

@Tessen- I believe you are the experienced cyclist here, could you share some basic biking rules and etiquette please?

Posted on: 2009/9/9 13:22
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Be careful of Japanese laws
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Pocket knife lands tourist in jail
While I don't agree with the tone of this article, it does show us that we need to be aware of the rules. Just because we are visitors, or even residents, doesn't mean we are above the law or can claim ignorance.

Copied from the American Embassy Webpage:
Knives: Possession of a knife with a locking blade, or a folding blade that is longer than 5.5 cm (a little more than two inches), is illegal in Japan. Two Americans have been arrested in the past year for carrying pocket knives which are legal in the United States, but are illegal in Japan. Both Americans spent more than ten days in detention before being released by police. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1148.html

Another law that they are strict on here is drinking and driving, this has been said many times on this forum probably, but I'm just going to say it again because it fits with this topic. Don't drink, even a little and then drive. Don't get in a car with a drunk drive because you will be held accountable and punished. Even drinking and riding a bicycle is illegal here.

Japan is a great place to visit (or live) let's just be careful!

Posted on: 2009/9/7 15:41
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Re: Cherry Blossom Viewing (Hanami)
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http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/en/News/sakura2009_3.html

It looks like the cherry blossoms have already started blooming in Tokyo, which is a bit earlier than normal.

Make sure to take some time to enjoy them if you are here!

Posted on: 2009/3/21 20:41
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Re: Japan with a 8 months old
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http://www.kayak.com/Cheap-Tokyo-Hote ... d_care.21033.F5.hotel.ksp

I've never had a baby here either, but I did find this list of hotels with day care services.

http://www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp/facility/kidsroom/index.html
The Tokyo Dome Hotel says it not only offers day care (from age 0- elementary students) for hotel guest, but for hotel employees, visitors to Tokyo Dome City and anyone in the neighborhood. Fees are 5000yen for 2 hours.

Here's a list of babysitting services in Tokyo http://www.hoiku-plus.jp/spc13-6.html

And Here's a list of daycare services (if they have the icon with 一時 in it, then they offer temporary care) http://www.hoiku-plus.jp/spc13-4.html

I live in Gunma too, what part are your In-laws in?

Posted on: 2009/3/6 10:09
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