arawk's forum posts

#1 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

Hey, just another shameless self promotion. I just uploaded a new video on YouTube and there is constantly stuff going up on my Facebook page. I'm only plugging my stuff because I live in Japan and hope that the people watching will find something useful in my videos. If you have any questions about life in Japan hit me up! I am by no means any kind of expert but I'll help out where I can! Thanks duders!!

www.youtube.com/arawk

www.facebook.com/HigginsInJapan

#2 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@wreakOnes said:

I live in Japan. A Tokyo suburb on the western side. It's nice, although Tokyo people have no sense of humor. Also, Japan is not a circus as you stated. My most hated games writer is Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku as 90% of his articles just reinforce American stereo types about Japan from the late 90's. No, there are no Panties in vending machines and not every girl wants to bang a white dude. It's a big place with lots of different kinds of people of varying opinions and personalities.

Yeah, I really can't stand the stuff he writes. I feel like he has never actually been to Japan.

#3 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@IzzyGraze said:

@arawk said:

@Ravenlight said:

@arawk said:

Not sure if anyone cares but I make youtube videos about living in Japan. Nothing fancy or very long. If you are interested in what's it's like or just have a couple minuets to kill you should check out my videos. If not...I understand.

http://www.youtube.com/user/arawk

You are beard king of Japan!

Is it common to see native Japanese people with facial hair?

haha thanks! I see Japanese people with facial hair but it's not very common. And nothing like in the states. It's always trimmed and super clean.

Hey Arawk, did you have a hard time getting a job being a bearded individual as yourself? I'm wondering if Japan is different than Korea in that respect. I've had a beard for almost 7 years and my new recruiters for Korea are trying to get me to shave it off to help with the job search. Korea has a large prejudice agaisnt beards and generally view people with them as "dirty". Is this the same in Japan?

I was told by my company that I had to shave (wrongly told I might add)...then showed up here and was told it was OK...So I grew it back before school started and it was fine. The only time I have had trouble with a beard is when some drunk lady kept asking me what I was "trying to hide with my beard". I told her I worked for the CIA and if I told what I was hiding I would have to kill her. But yeah my students love it, the other teachers think it's cool, and no one really cares. I also keep my trimmed if it's longer they might have thought otherwise I don't know. But I have seen some teachers with some pretty shady looking beards and I think it looks bad haha.

#4 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@arawk:

Okay, I just watched your Welcome to Japan vid from forever ago and you earned yourself a sub with the Trigun soundtrack xD

haha thanks!

#5 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@arawk said:

Not sure if anyone cares but I make youtube videos about living in Japan. Nothing fancy or very long. If you are interested in what's it's like or just have a couple minuets to kill you should check out my videos. If not...I understand.

http://www.youtube.com/user/arawk

You are beard king of Japan!

Is it common to see native Japanese people with facial hair?

haha thanks! I see Japanese people with facial hair but it's not very common. And nothing like in the states. It's always trimmed and super clean.

#6 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

Not sure if anyone cares but I make youtube videos about living in Japan. Nothing fancy or very long. If you are interested in what's it's like or just have a couple minuets to kill you should check out my videos. If not...I understand.

http://www.youtube.com/user/arawk

#7 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@Eirikr said:

@arawk said:

I have to pay for my apartment but the company I work for sent everything up for me. I didn't even have to look for a place. That is one of the good sides of working for a dispatch company. They helped me set up all my utilities, get my apartment, and other incidentals.

Ha ha, lucky. I had to do everything myself. I would have been totally screwed had I not had the good fortune of sitting next to a guy on the plane over who basically lived in the same area and let me stay with him for a bit.

I have heard it was extremely unusual that my company didn't set me up with any of that stuff, but until I'm out of their employ, which should be pretty soon, I'll remain mum about who they are. But in other words, they seem to be one of the worst dispatch companies and thus one to avoid working for.

The only thing the refused to help me with was get a phone and internet...which completely blew my mind! Two critical things when living on the other side of the world and having no contact with the outside world. Fortunatly, NTT and Softbank have awesome customer service and I was set up in no time. I never did a good answer on why they refused to help us...

#8 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@MikeFightNight said:

@arawk said:

@I_Stay_Puft: I know right! There are a couple stores near me that have tons of Dreamcast and Saturn games...all around a buck apiece!

Dude, can I open a standing tab with you to scoop up as many Saturn fighting games as you can carry out of those used stores? xD Looking at e-bay prices a few months ago was out of control, especially when that stuff is probably a lot cheaper in stores over there. Side question, can me and a friend crash at your place if we come to Japan for a raid? xD

If your friend is Jeff Gerstmann then the raid is on!

#9 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@IzzyGraze said:

: Ok. Seems like Korea is still the bigger cash cow for me at the moment. If you guys aren't tired of answering questions. Does Japan pay for your apartment? Maybe I could teach in Japan for my second year in Asia.

I have to pay for my apartment but the company I work for sent everything up for me. I didn't even have to look for a place. That is one of the good sides of working for a dispatch company. They helped me set up all my utilities, get my apartment, and other incidentals.

#10 Posted by arawk (183 posts) -

@IzzyGraze said:

: How do you guys like teaching ESL? I'm looking at teaching in Korea but haven't really found many good places or the good ones want someone more experienced. How do you find the pay vs. living expenses? Did you guys know Japanese before arriving? Do they pay for your plane flight?

I love teaching. I work for a dispatch company (you`ll have to decide if that`s the route you want to go) and it was as simple as applying and interviewing. Dispatch companies have a history of hiring ANYONE, so even with no teaching experience you can get a job teaching for most companies. I can`t really complain about the pay. I was teaching part time and didn`t have a full time job in the states so yeah. I also don`t live in a big city (Tokyo, Osaka etc) so the cost of living is a little better. I have a pretty comfortable lifestyle, but I`m also not providing for a family at this point so I can easily get by on what I make. I didn`t know much Japanese before getting here (still don`t know a ton) but I teach English so the company I work for doesn`t care (they will pay you more if you can pass some tests). I also had to pay for my flight over here.