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    Ok, so I'm feeling pretty lonesome, everybody else is started threads for people headed to the same prefecture to get together find out where each of them is going and what their soon-to-be home is like.

    I've heard there are 17 new JETs going to Saitama this year and I'm hoping I'm not the only one on here. If this doesn't work I might have to go and annoy the Chiba or Gunma people, how sad is that?

    Anyway, if you're a new JET headed to Saitama-ken this year, post here at least once so I don't feel like a loser who made a thread that nobody posts on. Cheers

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    Yeah so far you're even worse off than me. I think when I found out I was going to Saitama there was only one other person on here who was going there and only one or two people who were already in Saitama. Saitama JETs can go to Tokyo when they're bored. They don't need online forums.

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    Haha, yeah. Saitama JETs have it made.
    Goddamnit, Saitama was my first choice too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eNZed View Post
    If this doesn't work I might have to go and annoy the Chiba or Gunma people, how sad is that?
    I'm gonna be in Gunma, but pretty much on the southern tip, so I'm near Saitama and thought I'd say hi.

    It's true...so close to Tokyo you're bound to be there a lot! I think I might be going there quite a bit at weekends too, cos my "town" is sounding very rural! Do you know where abouts you are? Or is it just the Saitama prefecture for now?

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    Saitama was my first choice but I didn't get it. I did get Kobe though which is a pretty good trade-off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttonmoon View Post
    I'm gonna be in Gunma, but pretty much on the southern tip, so I'm near Saitama and thought I'd say hi.

    It's true...so close to Tokyo you're bound to be there a lot! I think I might be going there quite a bit at weekends too, cos my "town" is sounding very rural! Do you know where abouts you are? Or is it just the Saitama prefecture for now?
    No word on where exactly I'll be yet. Hopefully somewhere with decent public transport.

    Wow, people actually replied to this thread, no new Saitama people, but still not bad.

    Can anyone give me any info on what Saitama-ken is like as a CO?

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    I'm in Saitama and there's a couple others like Saitaman, Mothy and Ladama.

    Chances are though, you're not going to be meeting any of us outside of the orientation, MYC and the once-in-a-blue-moon Saitama gatherings. I mean, I know they happen (I stumbled upon a few JETs gathering at Bar Galaxy in Omiya once, that was a fun night), but Saitama is crazy decentralized and chances are you're going to be having your own adventures too much to care about ours. To whit, there are a handful of ALTs in my town but we mostly go do our own thing.

    Being a municipal JET, I can't tell you how the Saitama-ken CO is besides that I've met a few of the workers there and they're good people. The CIRs are also excellent. Granted, I haven't talked to many other Saitama people but I haven't heard anything too dramatic.

    That said, I say that we go to Warabi and eat out at Los Borrachos, the Mexican joint in the area that I prefer to any of the Tokyo ones.
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    Dude, I think 3 of your 5 Saitama CIRs are leaving this year. I met the two CIR/PAs at some event last year (maybe the Tokyo Orientation) but I think they're both leaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneiro View Post
    I'm in Saitama and there's a couple others like Saitaman, Mothy and Ladama.

    Chances are though, you're not going to be meeting any of us outside of the orientation, MYC and the once-in-a-blue-moon Saitama gatherings. I mean, I know they happen (I stumbled upon a few JETs gathering at Bar Galaxy in Omiya once, that was a fun night), but Saitama is crazy decentralized and chances are you're going to be having your own adventures too much to care about ours. To whit, there are a handful of ALTs in my town but we mostly go do our own thing.

    Being a municipal JET, I can't tell you how the Saitama-ken CO is besides that I've met a few of the workers there and they're good people. The CIRs are also excellent. Granted, I haven't talked to many other Saitama people but I haven't heard anything too dramatic.

    That said, I say that we go to Warabi and eat out at Los Borrachos, the Mexican joint in the area that I prefer to any of the Tokyo ones.
    Cheers for the info. So you're saying that in general, most JETs in Saitama only hang out with other JETs in close proximity?

    I would definitely be keen for some Mexican food, thanks for the offer man

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    Actually what I mean is that I have rarely seen other Saitama JETs because the pref is so huge. Not to say you can't make friends but just don't be surprised that it isn't so closely knit like other smaller prefs.
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    I wouldn't say Saitama is huge, nearly every JET could probably get to Omiya in less than an hour. But yeah, we don't have the strong "JET community" that you'd find in places like Fukui and Hokkaido, our AJET chapter is pretty much non-existent. Facebook is a much better way to stay "in the know" of Saitama JET stuff than any publication or organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneiro View Post
    I'm in Saitama and there's a couple others like Saitaman, Mothy and Ladama.

    Chances are though, you're not going to be meeting any of us outside of the orientation, MYC and the once-in-a-blue-moon Saitama gatherings. I mean, I know they happen (I stumbled upon a few JETs gathering at Bar Galaxy in Omiya once, that was a fun night), but Saitama is crazy decentralized and chances are you're going to be having your own adventures too much to care about ours. To whit, there are a handful of ALTs in my town but we mostly go do our own thing.

    Being a municipal JET, I can't tell you how the Saitama-ken CO is besides that I've met a few of the workers there and they're good people. The CIRs are also excellent. Granted, I haven't talked to many other Saitama people but I haven't heard anything too dramatic.

    That said, I say that we go to Warabi and eat out at Los Borrachos, the Mexican joint in the area that I prefer to any of the Tokyo ones.

    Hell yeah! Los Borrachos! The only reason to stop at Warabi station ever. It's lucky my wife had a job near that station for a little while or else I would have never found it.

    I'm friends with one Saitama JET. I've never done anything with any of the others. Even though two of them even came through Seattle like me. At conferences and what not I'll say hi to a few people but I've never done any of the Saitama JET activities and really there haven't been that many of them anyway.
    But really you don't need them. You have Tokyo.

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    Yeah I'm guessing the lack of interJET socialising and activity of the AJET chapter is mainly due to the proximity to Tokyo.

    Any Saitama prefectural JETs on here? Care to give me a run down of what I can expect in terms of school placement, housing etc?

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    What's the prices like at Los Borrachos?

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    In Saitama, prefecturals teach high school and municiples teach junior high and elementary school. Of course there are a handful of exceptions, but it generally breaks down like that. Prefecturals have a base school and will usually live close to that school (often in a little Leo Palace). Many, if not most, prefecturals have a "visiting school" they go to once or twice a week. Generally the base school stays the same while there's a chance the visiting school will change, but Saitama's been shuffling their JETs around a lot recently, so if you stay more than a year, there's a chance of your base school getting changed and maybe you even having to move because of it. Prefecturals seems to have more stuff they have to go to, like more speech/debate contests, a special prefectural ceremony at the end of the year, etc.

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    Thanks for all the info. Leopalace eh? Haven:t heard too much good news about these places but I'm not too fussed, I've heard on the whole they're small but pretty modern. Is that about right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eNZed View Post
    Thanks for all the info. Leopalace eh? Haven:t heard too much good news about these places but I'm not too fussed, I've heard on the whole they're small but pretty modern. Is that about right?
    Uh, as modern as a shoebox can get. The good is no key money, you can get internet quickly, and they come with a refrigerator and such. The bad is they still charge a fair amount of bogus fees when you move in and out, paper thin walls, and of course, most broom closets are bigger than the average Leopalace;-)

    The prefectural ALTs I know that aren't in Leopalaces are general in apartments with a kitchen/dining area, then a western room and a tatami room (2LDK?). The only person I know that had to pay key money was a girl who didn't move into her predecessor's place, but the school paid half, I think.

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    Holy shit, I just checked out some Leopalaces on youtube. The kitchens look like a bit of a joke, looks like it might be a mission to make a decent meal in such a tiny space. Oh well, if I am gonna be in one of these places I'm sure I'll get used to it

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    I think calling it a "kitchen" is giving it too much credit, it's more a hallway with a refrigerator and a sink. If you end up in one, you'll probably find yourself going out to eat a lot ;-) So you know for sure you're prefectural?

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    I'm a prefectural but I'm not in a Leo Palace. Although it still is small. But not as bad as a Leo Palace. I also get a subsidy for the place of about 25,000 yen a month.
    I had to pay key money, and it was a real bitch. Of all the JETs in my area I've talked to I think my move in cost was the most. But the school was nice about it and gave me an interest free loan to help me out at first.
    I have a base school and a visit school, but I had it that way all along, as well as my predecessor.But everyone prefectural I knew who just had one school was given another school this year. So I think the single school prefecturals in Saitama are becoming an endangered species.

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