• Hey!
    I’ve made a big-deal decision. I’m going to live in Tokoyo!
    High five?

    Anyway- I just started doing my research and I find myself in a bit of a dilemma. I’m not by any means wealthy, and it’s looking like Toyoko is one of the most expensive places to live in the world- so a hotel is definitely OUT!

    Plus, even though I’ve been teaching English for 4 years, I never DID get around to getting a degree (A two year college diploma is all I’ve got in my pocket) and my initial research tells me that you need that to get a legit work visa. Curses!

    I thought this would be a good place to start the problem solving process.

    SO, I’m looking for someone who could conceivably see themselves having a place for me to stay for a number of months (obviously we would take it day by day though!)
    What can I offer in return?? Well, I can “sing for my supper” with tales of adventure, kick-ass omelets, English lessons, impromptu lectures on philosophy (I’m a contemplative sort) and all manner of random topics (I don’t meet many people that have read more Wikipedia entries than me), being pleasant, and being an ideal partner for outlandish adventures.

    On the whole work permit thing- If anyone has any on- the-ground advice (much more preferable to slogging through potentially outdated, or dead-wrong forum entries, official websites etc.) Please throw them my way.

    Maybe the J.E.T thing? Or maybe I can just teach private one-on-ones to make enough to get by.

    A lot to figure out, yeah?

    In any case, if you’ve got any advice or whatever- don’t be a stranger.
    Your move Tokyo CSers!

    :D

    Ryan
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    i have this same dream and been doing some digging/research as well. here's a link that might help. they have info about the visas as well. it's one of the good choices that i've found so far. JET is really out for me as i have no teaching experience. but i do think TEFL and TESL might come in handy.
    http://teaching-in-japan.gaba.co.jp/aboutus/

    i have no background in teaching at all, and my english level is well...just average. my japanese language level is at beginner so not sure how it'll turn out if i ever decides with that path of moving to japan. btw, besides teaching, any other jobs that you would recommend?

    do let me know how it goes for you. i've been thinking about moving to japan for awhile, but same as you living cost and survival is a big concern.

    anyways, all the best!!

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