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    Right! If you're placed on the northern side, that's definitely closer. Still good though that you have lots nearby!

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    Your schools should have a piano too, although it might be a bit of a pain to find a time when there aren't a bunch of students around practicing for something or other.

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    Keyboards are relatively inexpensive and I think you may find it hard to find someone that owns a piano to exchange lessons? Just keeping it in mind as a reality thing here. My huz is in a band with an amazing jazz pianist, and he is always getting new gear. There are lots of used music instrument shops too around. You'll be fine.

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    I ended up buying a digital piano, about 5 man (stand + pedals) totally worth it.

    EDIT: Be careful who you tell about your piano skills. Unless you don`t mind impromptu performances. I came to school one day when one of the teachers came running up to me and said, you play piano right? Of course I beamed and said yes! She then handed me a ton of sheet music, bowed with a yoroshiku onegaishimasu and gave me an hour to prepare to play it to the whole school.

    Actually, this has happened twice now.
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    if you end up in an apartment block any instrument you can plug headphones into is a plus.....
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    Not sure how this happened (I guess the piano is a string instrument) but I don't play piano. I play violin. And I have a killer practice mute that worked well when I had roommates in Uni Also, I wouldn't be able to play in an orchestra with an electric violin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libellule View Post
    Not sure how this happened (I guess the piano is a string instrument) but I don't play piano. I play violin. And I have a killer practice mute that worked well when I had roommates in Uni Also, I wouldn't be able to play in an orchestra with an electric violin.
    It happened because I think we were replying to Nell's previous post here:

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    Oooh okay I think I love it already, yep I was planning on going to the city pretty regularly as Hirosaki looks gorgeous, especially if the music/art is good!
    I'm a music grad (piano major) and rather than buy a keyboard I was thinking whether it would be possible to find someone in my town who has a piano and ask them if I can play it in exchange for English lessons or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vietnamazing View Post
    It happened because I think we were replying to Nell's previous post here:

    Hah. Maybe I shouldn't just skim threads :s silly me

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    I know a few people have mentioned this before me, but truly one of the most amazing things about getting a rural placement is the community. In big cities or areas, it can be difficult to "fit in" to the daily lives of the people around you. Apartment buildings are pretty anonymous; unless you're place with other jets, you don't really go out to "meet the neighbors", and everyone already has their own connections for the most part. I feel like out in the country people are a lot more willing to accept you into their social circles. Meeting people and making new friends isn't impossible in bigger cities, just a lot harder. But whether you have to work at it or not, having those people you "know" around you can help you out immensely!

    Case in point: my bf is trying to start an English school in the city where we work, and the business bureau in city hall offers subsidies to new businesses, such as 3 man a month to help out with rent the first year, or matching construction up to 10man. However, when he went to city hall to apply for it, he was told by the grunt that "because you don't live in [our city], you can't get it" even though the business would be in the city and we would probably move back to be closer to it anyway. My bf's long-term barber heard this, and was annoyed about it, so he called up his drinking buddy who works in city hall, and who happened to be the head of the department and the grunt's boss, and basically explained the situation. The head guy went "yeah, sure, no problem!" and voila! He can apply for the subsidies now!

    Even if you're placed in a bigger city, find the local bars and hangout, local shops, local everything. You will find a sort of "community within a community", and making friends there, getting in on your towns festivals and participating, etc. will not only be fun and rewarding for you, but there may come a time where you will want to bank on the connections you've made!

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    I also recommend using some of your free time to hone a skill that you've always wanted to learn, I know plenty of ALTs that have picked up things like crafts, cooking, weight lifting, and so on. JET can be a good chance to work on "you" in your spare time (of which you may have more than a city JET).

    This is excellent advice to not just rural JETs, but to all ALTs. You're mostly likely going to have more free time than you have had since you were in elementary school.

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    basically it like being in prison, nothing to do but lift weights, work on getting your GED and try to avoid getting raped
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    Except you can still drink....


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    Never heard of prison hooch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libellule View Post
    Sorry to go off topic, but orchestras? Yay! Does anyone know how common they are/how easy they are to join? Is it possible to obtain a cheap string instrument in Japan? I wouldn't really want to bring mine over.
    Not sure if you've already found an orchestra yet, but my case was just one of luck. I lived about 30 minutes away from a major city where there was a community orchestra. Another JET in the prefecture had already joined, so I went to the annual concert and followed up with her afterward. I had brought my own flute and piccolo from home in hopes of finding a group to play with, so I was ready to go when they accepted me (no audition). It was a very low-pressure group. I'm guessing you could find something similar if you're willing to travel to the nearest major city. Good luck!
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    time spent? because RL has such a hard time juggling her hectic schedule? Between her high pressure job and loving boyfriend I'm supprised she has time to post here at all.....

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    I'm in the same, but worse position you are. I'm technically placed in a "city" in shikoku but was told by my predecessor when he first emailed me a few days ago that i'd actually be on an island, which is according to google maps 35 min drive away from the actual "city" and connected by a long bridge with a 1500Y toll one-way. This island has a population of 8000, half of which are elderly (no surprise there). I actually found a predated article online nicknaming the island "Island of the Old". There are no other ALTs on the island (big surprise there) and no one else currently lives in the apartment building I'm in..or to be in. To make matters worse, I wasn't planning to drive so I'm not exactly sure how I'd get around because I have 2 schools a mile away (no prob there), 2 others 4 miles away (aghhhh) and 2 others across the bridge (1.5 hr bus ride- RAWR). I was gonna ride a bike around because I thought I'd be in the "city" but 4 miles is a lot for someone who has no experience riding a bike. I've been trying to learn. I'm trying not to get depressed but I'm starting to get some serious second thoughts about this. Oh and my predecessor is staying in the program, but moving to another part of the "city" so he'll most likely take all his furniture with him, so I'm gonna have to seriously think about how I'd even haul any new purchases I make. I know there's home delivery and things like that but I don't know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantdecideforshit View Post
    I'm in the same, but worse position you are. I'm technically placed in a "city" in shikoku but was told by my predecessor when he first emailed me a few days ago that i'd actually be on an island, which is according to google maps 35 min drive away from the actual "city" and connected by a long bridge with a 1500Y toll one-way. This island has a population of 8000, half of which are elderly (no surprise there). I actually found a predated article online nicknaming the island "Island of the Old". There are no other ALTs on the island (big surprise there) and no one else currently lives in the apartment building I'm in..or to be in. To make matters worse, I wasn't planning to drive so I'm not exactly sure how I'd get around because I have 2 schools a mile away (no prob there), 2 others 4 miles away (aghhhh) and 2 others across the bridge (1.5 hr bus ride- RAWR). I was gonna ride a bike around because I thought I'd be in the "city" but 4 miles is a lot for someone who has no experience riding a bike. I've been trying to learn. I'm trying not to get depressed but I'm starting to get some serious second thoughts about this. Oh and my predecessor is staying in the program, but moving to another part of the "city" so he'll most likely take all his furniture with him, so I'm gonna have to seriously think about how I'd even haul any new purchases I make. I know there's home delivery and things like that but I don't know...
    So things aren't how you expected them to turn out.....change of game plan dude. Even in you lived in one of the big cities out there, you would want a car, Shikoku is an amazingly beautiful place that you need a car to see.

    If your pred is still around that is great because they can show you around. Also chances are your pred is moving into a place with furniture as well. If I was them, I would take the better pieces of each place and leave you with the grade B stuff, but I wouldn't leave you with a bare apartment either.
    Talk to your pred instead of making assumptions and plan on getting a car to explore shinkoku.
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    Yeah, I'd highly recommend preparing to drive at this point. Riding a bicycle in the heat/humidity, rain, or other unpleasant weather is gonna be ridiculously miserable; you really probably don't want that to be your only option. Do you have a license?
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    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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    Ask yourself, do you still want to goto japan? If the answer isn't immediately yes, drop out now. If it's immediately yes, start making a plan b for while you're here cuz god only knows what life is gonna be like.
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    Yep to that article..as much as I want to say no since that gives away a lot haha.

    I was going to get an international driving permit but I can only go for a year, so after calculating all my expenses I discovered I can't afford a car if I planned to travel around Japan, unless I don't plan on saving any money at all which I need to due to school loans. I still really want to go to Japan but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth all the trouble and if I should just stay home at my current job (which pays about the same as JET after you take account health insurance in Japan and everything) and just save to go back to visit.

    I honestly feel like if I wasn't on an island by myself, things would be so much more different and I wouldn't be feeling this way, but with a 3000yen round trip bridge toll I doubt I'd have much of a social life (which is hard for an extrovert like myself). My pred. told me there isn't many people our age (20-30s) on the island and although I do have older friends, I fear between the age gap and cultural differences it would be quite difficult to get close to anyone on the island.

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