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kiracle



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
Posts: 65
Location: Gifu, Japan

PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2003 10:22 pm    Post subject: Where to go- any advice welcome. Reply with quote

I'm not sure how much choice I will have in the matter but in case I do I would like to be a bit better informed about where I should best go in Japan. I am looking for a medium-ish city with at least a small international community and theater, art etc. I don't want to live in Tokyo or Osaka since I will be returning eventually to New York City and although I am definatley a city person, I could use a break from HUGE metropoles. However, I am very interested in theater and museums and my husband, who will come on a dependants visa, will need to have opportunities for part-time work ( he's fluent in English and TEFL cert but not native, I am native, certified and have two years expereince- I hope to be able to get a job and visa beforehand)

Lastly, I am really not a winter person. I have struggled through quite a few bad ones but would really like to be somewhere where the winters are mild for a little while.

If anybody has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. A Japanese friend recommeded Fukuoka but that's pretty much the only first hand advice I've gotton. Also, I have an interview with Aeon coming up. Anybody know their policy on requesting locations or bringing spouses along?


THANKS!
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Glenski



Joined: 15 Jan 2003
Posts: 12844
Location: Hokkaido, JAPAN

PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2003 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiracle,

According to AEON's web site (www.aeonet.com), you can ask to be placed in any of their cities, but there is no guarantee that you will get it. You will be told the intended location before you sign the contract, it says. I'd ask about the question concerning your husband, but I'd tend to think they wouldn't mind him coming. You'd both better know just how small those apartments are, too! Just a hint that they are tiny.

BTW, I am guessing that your city got censored because it was F u k u o k a. Some words like that have to be spelled with spaces between the letters to escape the censors thinking you wrote F**k.
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Paul G



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Posts: 125
Location: China & USA

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2003 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenski wrote:

BTW, I am guessing that your city got censored because it was F u k u o k a. Some words like that have to be spelled with spaces between the letters to escape the censors thinking you wrote F**k.


Just so you know, Glenski is referring to an auto-censor program. The moderators actually have a little more common sense. Wink
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David W



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Posts: 457
Location: Japan

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2003 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I would suggest beepuoka or Hiroshima of the cities I know fairly well. Beepuoka was voted the best city in Asia by Asiaweek magazine in 1999 and 2000. Certainly my favourite city in Japan.
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homersimpson



Joined: 14 Feb 2003
Posts: 569
Location: Kagoshima

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2003 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to consider Nagasaki, although it may be too small to suit your tastes. F*kuoka and Kobe are also nice choices. Kyushu certainly has the mildest winters (excluding Okinawa), but you'll probably feel colder regardless, considering the lack of insulation in Japanese apartments.
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Celeste



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Posts: 814
Location: Fukuoka City, Japan

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2003 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too hate the cold, and I am living in F u k u o k a now, and it is not too bad. I do wear a lot of warm clothes to school, though because the schools are not heated here, and I have a high electric bill because I use my heaters a lot in winter. (It is true, the buildings in Kyushu have no insulation and no central heat, so you end up getting rather creative about staying warm. We have put bubble wrap over a lot of our windows, and we have hung a blanket over the front door of our apartment, as well as having put in some foam weather stripping on all of our sliding doors.)
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