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My start up costs in Japan
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whatthefunk



Joined: 21 Apr 2003
Location: Dont have a clue

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:16 pm    Post subject: My start up costs in Japan Reply with quote

This is a running total of my start up costs in Japan. I came here with no job, no apartment etc. Ive been here four days and my money is flying. Just thought Id post for all those interested.

    3 nights in a cheap hotel - 12,000 yen
    3 months key money for apartment (one month returnable) - 96,000 yen
    First 20 days of rent (moved in on the 10th, 20 days until rent collection) - 21,000 yen
    Required apartment insurance - 6,000 yen
    Deposit for gas company - 10,000 yen
    Four days at about 3,000 yen per day living, traveling, job hunting costs - 12,000 yen
    Total - 157,000 yen and I still dont have a phone or job


Ill update this total every few days. Ever gotten the feeling that youve made a huge mistake???
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The evil penguin



Joined: 24 May 2003
Location: Doing something naughty near you.....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you buy kimchi there?
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whatthefunk



Joined: 21 Apr 2003
Location: Dont have a clue

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The gas station near my house sells kimchi in little tiny boxes for like 200 yen each. I have not tried it and do not intend to any time soon.
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camel96
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any way you could start up some kind of running clock like that National Debt Clock in Times Square that continually rises so we can watch your decline into bum-dom in "real time"...?
I guess just make sure you leave enough money for a flight back to Korea if things get really sour or time consuming. Not ideal though I know. Good luck anyhow buddy.
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Pyongshin Sangja



Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Location: I love baby!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck man. Nice to hear someone has the balls to do it. I just got a great job in...Korea. Here comes year four. Christ. Maybe I should go to Japan. MAYBE.
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whatthefunk



Joined: 21 Apr 2003
Location: Dont have a clue

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, an hour of internet costs me 500 yen, so my costs are rising as I type. Also, in order to avoid problems at coustoms, I purchased an open ended return ticket on the boat. So if shit does hit the fan, I can at least get back to Korea where I can live for 5,000 won a day and get a job easier. Got to run. My hour is up and I have to call my landlord and adopted japanese father. They sure do move fast in this country...
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The evil penguin



Joined: 24 May 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't there a thread here not long ago on western men in demand as gigilos in Japan? I'm sure I remember reading something about this.....

Now if you weren't so dam ugly...........

But yeah, anyway good luck. As much as I complain about it here in kimchi kingdom I'm starting to think that I maybe made the right choice.
It was a toss for me between China Korea or Japan......

BTW, whats the final verdict. Japanese women or Korean women? Who have the most appeal? I'm sure this hasn't been talked about before........
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whatthefunk



Joined: 21 Apr 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Japanese women are 1000000000 times better than Korean. The mini skirt/ bicycle thing is amazing and I dont think ive seen such short shorts in my life. And its winter!!!
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The evil penguin



Joined: 24 May 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whatthefunk wrote:
Japanese women are 1000000000 times better than Korean. The mini skirt/ bicycle thing is amazing and I dont think ive seen such short shorts in my life. And its winter!!!


Need any help in carrying your bags or anything??????
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itaewonguy



Joined: 25 Mar 2003

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool man..
where in japan are you dude??
can you tell us how much that all is in WON!!?
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Joe Thanks



Joined: 01 Oct 2003
Location: Dudleyville

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whatthefunk wrote:
Japanese women are 1000000000 times better than Korean. The mini skirt/ bicycle thing is amazing and I dont think ive seen such short shorts in my life. And its winter!!!


Joe Thanks is in 1000000000000000000000000000000% AGREEMENT.

Good luck, companero.

Cheers,

Joe
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Chillin' Villain



Joined: 13 Mar 2003
Location: Goo Row

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, I hate reading about moves to Japan... That's been one of the few things on my mind lately. I've noticed that a lot of the jobs there require you to be living there already, but aren't there SOME that help a bit more with getting things started? I realize that the hook-ups aren't quite the same as here (nor the desperation for waygook teachers), but still....

I had a couple acquaintances here go to Japan through a group/school (?) called David English House (in Hiroshima) a couple years back, and I seem to remember it being considerably less difficult than the OP's situation. Anyone else know of an easier way to make the move than dropping a couple mil in less than a week?
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panthermodern



Joined: 08 Feb 2003
Location: Taxronto

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
This is a running total of my start up costs in Japan.


Wrong board
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

itaewonguy wrote:
cool man..
where in japan are you dude??
can you tell us how much that all is in WON!!?

Just add another '0' on the end and its in Won more or less.

10,000 won= 1,000 yen (more or less)
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe Thanks wrote:
whatthefunk wrote:
Japanese women are 1000000000 times better than Korean. The mini skirt/ bicycle thing is amazing and I dont think ive seen such short shorts in my life. And its winter!!!


Joe Thanks is in 1000000000000000000000000000000% AGREEMENT.

Chillin' Villain wrote:
Damn, I hate reading about moves to Japan...

Same here.. kind of depressing thinking of being here when you could have just as well been there.

Overall I don't think whatthefunk is doing so bad.. it would be more or less the same to relocate back home in the home country.. but a million won for 3 months rent is really cheap!!
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