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    Default What do you miss from your homeland?

    I know I'll miss American football if I get selected. Watching football is pretty much all I do Sundays from September to February, and no football for a handful of years would be tough. Also, I think I'd miss authentic Mexican food. Nothing like a big 'ol carne asada or carnitas burrito loaded with hot sauce.

    I'd love to hear current JETs on what they thought they'd miss, and what they actually miss and see if they match

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    Not too much. A lot of things you think you'd miss are available here. You may have to pay more or do more work to get them, but they're available.

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    Lots of friends that speak my native language and aren't just random weirdos that I probably wouldn't hang out with if they weren't the only native English speakers within a hundred miles.

    Honestly, I don't think I really miss many tangible things; I can get just about whatever I want here. If I want some kind of good food, I can always just make it myself.

    Some things that I miss are related more to JapanDERP situations--like, I miss atms that are open 24 hours and don't close on holidays.
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    It's festivals days like these on which I really try really hard to make up for not partying in college.
    yeah, because who needs free flowing drugs and alcohol fueling adventorous sex with taut, lithe young bodies when you could wander around a dying town in the freezing cold with a can of asahi super dry in your hand while some toothless old farmer shouts at you.

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    I miss Trader Joes.

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    Perogies and Stouffer's Mac and Cheese. I can get them....but it's usually a pain in the butt to do so.

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    I miss being 100% literate
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    I miss crappy American fast food that is only in America. I also miss some of my friends.

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    It's mostly people I miss. And Papa John's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cytrix View Post
    I miss being 100% literate

    That too

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterofpeace View Post
    It's mostly people I miss. And Papa John's.
    This, except replace Papa John's with any crappy American pizza chain.
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    I miss reading, Kanji gobs up my brain. I miss craft beer...

    I also miss olives... god how I miss olives.

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    I miss being able to buy 2kgs of apples for $1 in autumn.
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    Ahh I just went to Korea for a weekend and they have Taco Bell!! It was way better than usual too because the employees weren't stoned high school students.

    I miss cheap good cheese !

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    The ability to driver over 50mph without it being speeding.
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    I miss (relatively) cheap beer, decent cheese, supermarkets that sell decent whisky, mexican food (yes, I'm a Brit, but that doesn't mean I can't miss it), being able to easily find clothes my size, and 28 degrees being a "heat wave".

    When I go home, I will miss shop staff that at least pretend to care, going drinking with all the bar-owners in town, hose-down shower rooms, lively bars that aren't full of drunk fighty people, stupidly fast internet, and decent public transport.
    ...because Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notjim View Post
    I miss reading, Kanji gobs up my brain. I miss craft beer...

    I also miss olives... god how I miss olives.
    Wait wait wait, craft beer isn't (readily) available? Oh god that's not good -_-

    I can't deal with crap beer *cough*bud/miller/anything with "light" in the title*cough*. Gimme a good IPA any day, or a porter, those are good too. Hmmm, gonna have to find some way to smuggle a years worth of good beer into Japan apparently.

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    Beer in Japan is Sapporo, Asahi, Kirin, or Suntory. Each produces variations (including limited-run seasonal stuff), but at the end of the day, it's all just plain lager.
    ...because Japan.

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    We have a bar that has various awesome German beers....for 800+ yen a glass. Hope you like paying an arm and a leg for decent beer.

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    Oh duh, I just remembered. Furniture that isn't designed for weird T-Rex armed midgets that doesn't constantly murder my back/knees/legs.
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    Yeah to get a nice Kwak or Chimay I'm looking at shelling out Y1,200 at the local bar that has them.
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