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    The "I'm half-blind but still don't wear my glasses 90% of the time" shit is everywhere. I've had to tell students that couldn't read the board to either put their glasses on or move to the front of the class... I don't know why homeroom teachers tolerate it.
    Have you ever seen a student who is wearing glasses, hold up another pair of glasses in front of their face so they could read from the back of the room?

    But agreed, I don't get why kids don't wear glasses when they clearly can't see. Or if they do use them, they hold them out in front of their face and put them back down again. I even have one student who lost a lens for his glasses and he just wears them like a monocle. I had a hard time marking him wrong when he wrote "My glass is black and green" since he technically only did have one.
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    I had a hard time marking him wrong when he wrote "My glass is black and green" since he technically only did have one.
    That kid deserves props.

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    That kid deserves props.
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    What are your favourite and least favourite parts about living in the inaka?

    What was the accommodation like that JET provided?
    For me, the best parts are the neighbors/community, and the nature. I love my small town, and everyone is really nice (sincerely). I've made a life-long friend with my neighbor and her husband, and we get together to eat dinner or visit some of the local attractions. The nature is really superb. I have a river flowing through my town and small streams that flow next to my house. It's peaceful. Everyone knows everyone, and if something odd happens, they let everyone know.

    Least favorite part about living in the inaka: nothing to do. Apart from hanging out with my neighbor when she has time, there's nothing exciting to do in my town. Seriously. I live in a town with less than 4,000 people. We have one grocery (and general goods) store, and one convenience store. That's it. A little bit past the main area of my town a road-stop opened up just recently, and there's a restaurant there now. But again, general goods store. I have to travel about 40 minutes to get to anything "interesting" and useful. And not so expensive (my grocery store charges a bit more for things). That's a downside for me. lol

    The accommodation is great though. Because I am so inaka, I got a house. It used to be an inn, but an earthquake in the area caused some major damage to the building, so they had to stop. They fixed up the front part of the place and turned it into a somewhat house. There's five bedrooms upstairs that were used as rooms people could stay overnight in, and then there's a large room downstairs and a large (compared to what I've seen while being here) kitchen. So...I lucked out that way!

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    The sense of community and small town life can be both the best and worst part of rural life. I love the feeling of living in a small town and the fact that everyone generally knows each other. Life isn't quite as frantic as the larger cities. People actually go home from work at a normal hour (not counting teachers) and I found that most of the people who stuck around the inaka are the type of people who don't want to spend 100% of their life in an office.

    The downside is you almost have no choice but to frequent the few stores in town. People are definitely nosy and they definitely know all your business. It bothered me a lot at first but then I stopped caring. "Oh hey girl who graduated a few months ago conbini clerk, yes I'm buying all this beer and yes it is all for me."

    My town actually was famous for being kind of unfriendly in the area, and even then I still would have random people give me food or take me out for insane drinking adventures- the types of stories you hear a lot. I'd imagine in a nicer town it'd be even more fun. Never turn down invitations to anything. It's worth it.

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    I think I just found out the worst part - no Hikari in my town from any of the carriers, meaning that my only options for internet will be dial-up or tethering (which is apparently incredibly slow in my area and has a ridiculously low data cap). I think I'm going to end up going into my nearest small city to use Starbucks' wifi a couple times a week so I can upload/download things I need for lesson planning.

    The upside is that my classes will be really small and apparently all of the kids are well-behaved and really sweet. My smallest school has 3 kids per class, and even my "big" school only has 22. I also got really lucky in that my small (2500 people) town has a surprising number of shops, restaurants, classes at the community center, hot springs, and other things to do.

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    Check your area's cable company. They often provide cable internet services.
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    Oh really? I will definitely check into that, then. Thanks for the heads-up!

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    no Hikari
    ADSL should still be available.

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    I'll look into ADSL. I tried looking to see if it was available in my town by putting in the phone numbers of various local businesses, but all of them came back with an error message, so I'll ask my pred if she knows anything about it. I also asked her what (if any) cable providers are in the area, so we'll she what she says on that front, as well.

    Thanks so much, guys! It'd be a real relief if I didn't have to spend the next several years mooching internet off Starbucks and my friends who live in the next city over.

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    I'll look into ADSL. I tried looking to see if it was available in my town by putting in the phone numbers of various local businesses, but all of them came back with an error message, so I'll ask my pred if she knows anything about it. I also asked her what (if any) cable providers are in the area, so we'll she what she says on that front, as well.

    Thanks so much, guys! It'd be a real relief if I didn't have to spend the next several years mooching internet off Starbucks and my friends who live in the next city over.
    I'd recommend contacting the guys at bbapply. They can do a quick check of available services to your apartment.
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    Unfortunately, my pred didn't have any information, as it sounds like when she arrived the BOE basically told her that tethering through Docomo was literally her only option, and signed her up for it right after she got there, so she didn't have the chance to look into anything else. She also doesn't have cable (and doesn't know if any is available), and only gets six channels on TV.

    Thank you, Gizmo! I just checked out bbapply and I'm definitely going to have them do a check. God, that's a lot easier than what I was trying to do, which was go through every single provider's website and try to see if they were in my area.
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    Jesus - How do people come and live in another country so woefully under prepared. My sup didn`t have a clue about internet services or anything, so I told him it was OK I would handle it. Then I needed permission from the building owner and he said `Hikari can`t be used at this building` - so I found out about bbapply and they did the mediation for me.
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    Jesus - How do people come and live in another country so woefully under prepared.
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    Where in Ehime are you headed?

    I can't believe I managed 3 years of that place with the slowest ADSL ever. (shudder)
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    Hijikawa-cho, which is part of Ozu-shi.

    I submitted a check with BBapply yesterday, so we'll see what they have to say.

    Apparently the house doesn't even have a land line to use for dial-up... But I'd gladly pay for cable or anything else that'd get me better internet than what my pred has - it sounds like she has a really tiny practical data cap even though the plan is supposedly unlimited. And none of the schools will let her use their internet, so she has to take her dongle and tether, even at school.

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    No land line might be a complication. You might want to check out something like SoftBank Air.

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    I dunno. I technically have no land line. My supe asked me if I wanted internet, cable, phone, or just internet. I said just internet and I pay 3000 every month. Somehow there was a plan to turn off landline and tv. Your milage may vary, but try asking your supe about it when you get there.

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    There are probably a lot of people at the BOE who don't know what they are talking about assuming a lot of things regarding the phone/internet.

    I know in my situation I had everyone tell me internet was "muri" because the guy before didn't have it, Hikari was "muri" etc. When I checked into it myself it turns out it was perfectly doable. I think going with bbapply is the right move.

    Regarding using internet at the schools, yes it is possible they will not allow you to use a personal computer to access the internet. However there should be some sort of common computer at least you can use to do school related work. I'd be shocked if they didn't even let you touch the internet but, who knows it is Japan. May have had a pred 15 years ago who used it to look at porn or something and now all gaijin are not allowed to use internet.

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    Just brace yourself for the potential cost. If you can get hikari but it isn't run to the house yet, you'll have to pay. (They sometimes run deals, you can ask.) some of the local cable companies also charge "introduction fees" that border on insane.

    edit: also, I briefly had adsl and it was excruciating.
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