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  1. Market, Market, Market - How to Be a Freelance English Teacher in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10326-market-market-market-how-to-be-a-freelance-english-teacher-in-japan

    day, you check your bank account, and you are going broke fast. It’s not that you can’t live inexpensively in Japan; it’s just that you don’t know how to do it yet, and you Need. A. Job. Now. Ask anyone that has lived in Asia, not just Japan, and they...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  2. Surviving Tokyo with Michael Korshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10334-surviving-tokyo-with-michael-kors

    bag because that’s how a fucking lady does it. Not that I would complain if James Franco were barricaded in there with me. I just hope he wouldn’t have to cut off his arm for our survival and inevitable romance afterward, but if he did, I just hope it...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  3. Why Japanese TV Suckshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/show-biz/10053-why-japanese-tv-sucks

    me explain the primary reasons... No Budget Japanese TV producers are either given no money to make a decent show or they just don't care. Whatever the reason, they spend next to nothing on producing crappy TV entertainment, and it shows. I spend more...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Show Biz
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  4. February 2005 - More Concerts, Gettin' in the Newspaper Part 2https://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10030-february-2005-more-concerts-gettin-in-the-newspaper-part-2

    back. The place hasn't changed much, but it was really strange walking around inside my family's house with shoes on. I just had to take them off. Obviously, Japan is rubbing off on me. Soon my name will be Takashi Furuta or something. I didn't do much...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  5. I Was A Freakhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10066-i-was-a-freak

    am a freak to this day, but 1995-1996 was on a totally different level of freakishness. The Pekkle Pager Case Like I said I just had to be different. I still had a pager while most were already converting to cell phones. My pager was encased in a bright...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  6. Tokyo Makes Me Hate Peoplehttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10081-tokyo-makes-me-hate-people

    Just as living with LA traffic day after day made me hate cars, living with central Tokyo's population density makes me hate people. Tokyo is so crowded with people that even an uncomplicated excursion is exhausting. Train stations, shopping malls,...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  7. Attention-Hungry America and Shy Modest Japan: A Contrast of Entertainment Cultureshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10094-attention-hungry-america-and-shy-modest-japan-a-contrast-of-entertainment-cultures

    What I'll just go ahead and say it from the get-go: American culture just doesn't have as many privacy or modesty provisions built into it as Japan does. We Americans all want attention and fame and all the bling-bling that goes with it. We post YouTube...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  8. Life in Japan - Minimalist Zen Living Spaceshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10195-life-in-japan-minimalist-zen-living-spaces

    zero paper books. * I ripped my rarely-watched DVD collection to digital files. * I digitized all my old VHS tapes. I've just aged myself by writing that. * I scan mildly-important to semi-important documents to PDF, then trash them. * I use a home NAS...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  9. Talent and Building Confidencehttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10036-talent-and-building-confidence

    that will prove infinitely valuable for the next performance. I have extreme respect for entertainers that can take it just as well as dish it out. Criticism, insults, put-downs, and even self-deprecating remarks bounce off them and have no effect on...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  10. What Japan Taught Me About Americahttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10076-what-japan-taught-me-about-america

    sin. * Masturbation is a sin. * Homosexuality is a sin. * Lust is a sin. * Drunkenness is a sin. * Women are inferior to men just as Eve was inferior to Adam (She's the one that picked the apple after all). * Ideologies counter to the above are...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  11. Building the Ultimate Media Center PC: Choosing the Hardwarehttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10148-building-the-ultimate-media-center-pc-choosing-the-hardware

    I admit that building the ultimate media center PC has turned into my obsession. I'm like Goldilocks seeking the one that's "just right." So much of my time, money, and effort have been spent researching, testing, building, and configuring that I...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  12. The Hunt for the Ultimate Bluetooth Headphoneshttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10174-the-hunt-for-the-ultimate-bluetooth-headphones

    having to deal with cables, which is not what I want with "wireless" headphones. Summary These fit and sounded great, but I just couldn't deal with the tangle of cables and break-out box. I wanted something more "wireless." Sony XBA-BT75 Good *...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  13. The Hunt For the Ultimate Free Open Source Firewall Distrohttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10175-the-hunt-for-the-ultimate-free-open-source-firewall-distro

    version, and 2. open source community projects ("free as in speech" or free software / paid support biz models). I tried just about every ISO I could get my hands on. I thought I had my work cut out for me since I found far more of them than I had...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  14. Life in Japan - How to Save Moneyhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10209-life-in-japan-how-to-save-money

    day-to-day challenge. I offer some tips on how to save money in Japan. Go With the Flow You live in Japan, but you just love Mexican food. Well, you're in the wrong place, my friend. I suggest giving up that affiliation with Mexican food right now, and...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  15. How to Hit on Japanese Girlshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10259-how-to-hit-on-japanese-girls

    It's important not to come across as needy when doing this, so don't overdo it. Neediness is not manliness, and it will just end up annoying the poor girl. Instead, milk your foreign-ness for all the conversational sparking power it can muster. Not...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  16. How to Date Japanese Guyshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10336-how-to-date-japanese-guys

    In an academic or working environment, at the club, or sitting next to you at Shibuya Starbucks--the perfect man might be just about anywhere. The first step in getting closer to him is making him notice you. Unlike in the West, in Japan, you are the...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  17. How to Deal with Unwanted Attention from Japanese Menhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10338-how-to-deal-with-unwanted-attention-from-japanese-men

    see a Western woman. Don’t believe me? Walk by a high school or go into a curry shop. It’s going to feel like Angelina Jolie just entered the building. Some of you might find that persistent staring uncomfortable or even offensive at times (I remember...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  18. Xoom.com Review - Is This a Joke?https://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10393-xoom-com-review-is-this-a-joke

    an alternative on hand in case Transferwise ever fails me. Register Oh, that's cool. Since Xoom is run by Paypal, you can just login with your Paypal credentials via the "Continue with Paypal" button. Nope. "Something went wrong." Try again. No go. Ok,...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  19. Rude Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10010-rude-japan

    Here are some examples along with some attempts to understand them: No one will ever hold the door open for you. It'll just slam in your face. Not only that, but no one will even look behind them for half a second to see if someone is behind them. The...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  20. Life in Japan - Why Americans Are So Fathttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10014-life-in-japan-why-americans-are-so-fat

    dinner. 99.9% of the dishes had meat of some sort. I was really going against the grain insisting on a separate veggie meal just for me. Japan is big on harmony, and this vegetarian thing just wasn't working. But the primary reason I quit being a...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
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