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@sami_trki

Web Developer in London, on the #RoadToStark
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4%

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๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Industry๐Ÿ•ธ Web Dev๐Ÿ’ป Software Dev๐Ÿ“ฑ Mobile Dev๐ŸŽจ UI/UX Design๐Ÿ‘พ Game Dev๐Ÿ˜Ž VR Dev๐Ÿ“‡ Startup Founder๐Ÿ’ฐ Finance๐Ÿ’ฐ Crypto๐Ÿค  Product Manager๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Education๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ Medical๐Ÿšฉ Politics๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ Creative๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Law๐Ÿ“ฐ Journalism๐Ÿ“ Blogging๐Ÿ‘Š Coach๐Ÿ“ˆ Data๐Ÿ’ช Fitness๐Ÿค Community๐Ÿ’ผ Marketing๐Ÿค‘ Sales๐Ÿ›’ Ecommerce๐Ÿ“Š SaaS๐Ÿ™‚ Support๐Ÿ—บ Geo๐Ÿƒ Sports๐Ÿšš Logistics๐Ÿก Architecture๐Ÿ‘‹ Hospitality
๐ŸšŒ High School๐Ÿ“œ Bachelor's Degree๐ŸŽ“ Master's Degree๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ PhD

โ˜€๏ธ Waking up early๐ŸŒ™ Staying up late๐Ÿˆ Cats๐Ÿถ Dogs๐Ÿฉ Samoyeds๐Ÿต Teaโ˜•๏ธ Coffee๐Ÿธ Cocktails๐Ÿท Wine๐Ÿบ Beer๐Ÿพ Drinking alcohol๐Ÿฅ› No alcohol๐Ÿƒ 420๐Ÿ– Paleo๐Ÿฅฉ Eating meat๐ŸŸ Eating fish๐Ÿฅ’ Vegan๐Ÿฅ’ Vegetarian๐ŸŸ Pescetarian๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Korean food๐Ÿฃ Japanese food๐ŸŒฏ Mexican food๐Ÿ Italian food๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chinese food๐Ÿ’ช Crossfit๐Ÿ’ช Fitnessโ›ฐ Hikingโ›ฐ Climbingโ›ฐ Outdoors๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ Yoga๐Ÿ™ Spiritual๐ŸŒŠ Diving๐Ÿ„ Surfing๐ŸŽ Kitesurfing๐ŸŠ Swimming๐Ÿƒ Running๐Ÿšด Cycling๐Ÿ Motorcyclingโ›ต๏ธ Sailing๐Ÿ‚ Skateboarding๐Ÿ‚ Snowboardingโ›ท Skiing๐Ÿ’ช Fight sportsโšฝ๏ธ Football๐ŸŽ Race sportsโ›ณ๏ธ Golf๐ŸŽพ Tennis๐Ÿ“– Reading๐Ÿ‘พ Gaming๐Ÿ˜ Extrovert๐Ÿ˜ณ Introvert๐ŸŒ Third Culture Kid๐Ÿ‘ผ Youngest child๐Ÿ‘ถ Middle child๐Ÿง’ Oldest childโ›ฑ Beach๐Ÿ› Shoppingโ›ช๏ธ History๐Ÿ“บ Documentaries๐Ÿค” Philosophy๐ŸŽž Movies๐ŸŽธ Acoustic music๐ŸŽน Electronic musicโœ๏ธ Writing๐Ÿ“ธ Photography๐ŸŽž Film making๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Cooking๐ŸŽจ Drawing๐ŸŽค Singing๐ŸŽ’ Backpacking๐Ÿš Vanlife๐Ÿ’ƒ Dancing๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽค Partying๐Ÿš Urbex๐Ÿ’ช Feminism๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Progressive politicsโš–๏ธ Centrist politics๐Ÿ‘ด Conservative politics

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Lucerne

Switzerland
 21 Apr '172d23 Apr '1723 Apr '17
21 Apr '17

Nice

18ยฐC
France
 25 Mar '174d29 Mar '1729 Mar '17
25 Mar '17

Kiruna

Sweden
 23 Mar '172d25 Mar '1725 Mar '17
23 Mar '17

Stockholm

6ยฐC
Sweden
2016
 21 Nov '162d23 Nov '1623 Nov '16
21 Nov '16

Gujo Hachiman

Japan
 19 Nov '161d20 Nov '1620 Nov '16
19 Nov '16

Osaka

16ยฐC
Japan
 14 Nov '164d18 Nov '1618 Nov '16
14 Nov '16

Tokyo

17ยฐC
Japan
 9 Nov '164d13 Nov '1613 Nov '16
9 Nov '16

Hangzhou

11ยฐC
China
 4 Jan '162d6 Jan '166 Jan '16
4 Jan '16

Busan

8ยฐC
South Korea
 2 Jan '161d3 Jan '163 Jan '16
2 Jan '16

Jeonju-si

South Korea
2015
 27 Dec '155d1 Jan '161 Jan '16
27 Dec '15

Seoul

1ยฐC
South Korea
 22 Dec '154d26 Dec '1526 Dec '15
22 Dec '15

Hong Kong

21ยฐC
China
 18 Dec '154d22 Dec '1522 Dec '15
18 Dec '15

Shanghai

13ยฐC
China
 26 Sep '153d29 Sep '1529 Sep '15
26 Sep '15

Amsterdam

18ยฐC
Netherlands
2014
 2 Nov '143yr24 Oct '1724 Oct '17
2 Nov '14

London

11ยฐC
United Kingdom

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  • United Kingdom
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3 5
    11974 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 18°64°17°63°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI65
    3yr
    $ / mo
    18Mbps
  • China
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.08 5
    36132 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 27°81°27°80°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI73
    12d
    $ / mo
    10Mbps
  • South Korea
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.56 5
    2526 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒซ Feels 24°75°21°70°AQI41
    8d
    $ / mo
    20Mbps
  • Japan
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.06 5
    7056 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 21°70°20°68°AQI23
    7d
    $ / mo
    22Mbps
  • Sweden
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.41 5
    1156 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 18°64°17°63°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI55
    6d
    $ / mo
    38Mbps
  • Netherlands
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.07 5
    7186 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 26°79°24°75°AQI40
    3d
    $ / mo
    35Mbps
  • Switzerland
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.9 5
    2968 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 25°77°22°71°AQI15
    3d
    $ / mo
    29Mbps
  • France
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.01 5
    7214 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 17°63°17°63°AQI29
    2d
    $ / mo
    24Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Frequent visits

  • London
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.78 5
    220 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Expensive and crowded. Low quality of services. Customer service is a joke. Great internet connectivity. Mediocre food, unless you like Indian, which is everywhere. Crappy weather. Not safe at night (depends on the area of course). I lived in Docklands, didn't feel safe outside of my apartment. Difficult to get anything done without proof of address, so make sure to get a place as soon as possible. Opening a business account in a "traditional" bank can take weeks. Banking is very backward - unless you enjoy browsing PDF statements... I honestly don't understand why London is so popular. I was deeply disappointed and left after a few months. The only real upside is the job market, but as a nomad, you can provide services to London-based businesses from somewhere else.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 18°64°18°64°AQI47
    1x
    $ / mo
    16Mbps
  • Amsterdam
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.28 5
    227 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Getting a place to stay is a challenge, and renting an apartment might be a challenge unless you can show proof on stable income job. most leases are 6-12mths minium

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 26°79°24°76°AQI38
    1x
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Shanghai
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.31 5
    214 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    I also want to share that no matter where you are in China, the fucking GFW is going to ruin your internet experience to max

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 20°68°19°65°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI128
    1x
    $ / mo
    10Mbps
  • Hong Kong
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.78 5
    219 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    It's possible to live in Hong Kong on the cheap. You've got to live far out in the New Territories, or on an outlying island. I spent a summer living happily on Lamma Island for ~$500USD/month in rent for one bedroom in a shared flat. Rent is really the only tricky part--everything else is relatively cheap.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 31°88°27°81°AQI41
    1x
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Seoul
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.78 5
    224 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Spend a few hours and learn the Korean alphabet (not that hard) and Google some names of Korean dishes + it's spelling in Korean. It will help a lot as most restaurants only have Korean menu's and often without pictures. As mentioned previously on the reviews, it's a little hard to eat alone, but Gimbab Chonguk (๊น€๋ฐฅ์ฒœ๊ตญ) is everywhere and 24/7 - no one will bat an eye. Also look for places that "specialises" in dumplings, They are usually "alone-eating" friendly. And so are ramen places as well as Korean "chinese" restaurants - Jajangmyeon (์ž์žฅ๋ฉด) is very good and super addictive. Bibimbab restaurant places are fine too. Actually, it's not that hard to eat alone in Korea. The "group" meals are generally quite obvious and will be things like BBQ. You'll figure it out. Do Get used to kimchi and spicy food otherwise you'll end up eating the same thing all the time. Be adventurous. Challenge yourself and eat an octopus alive (์‚ฐ๋‚™์ง€). If you're really brave try ๋ณด์‹ ํƒ• before authorities close them all - I haven't but a lot of Weagukins (foreigners) secret do. Cafe's generally have really good wifi, as you would expect from one of the most connected countries in the world. Expect to pay $4-6 for a latte and maybe even more at Starbucks. Best cafe's are usually around Hipster areas and Universities. Indie owned cafe's are awesome. Nightlife is great, probably amongst the best in Asia. Can get very expensive especially at night clubs in Gangnam where it would could be like $10 for a beer - in that case you can still get drunk for $2 with soju just outside at 7Eleven. Winters are stupidly cold and summers can be brutally hot & humid. Go between April and June or September to October. They have cherry blossoms in spring which is beautiful and so are the autumn leaves. Lived here for many years. It's a cool place and vastly underrated. Seoul is continuously becoming more expensive and cost of living will soon be comparable with places like Tokyo.

    ๐ŸŒซ Feels 26°79°25°77°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI97
    1x
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Busan
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4 5
    174 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 19°66°19°67°AQI41
    1x
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Hangzhou
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.5 5
    206 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 28°82°27°80°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI90
    1x
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Tokyo
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.05 5
    223 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 20°68°20°68°AQI29
    1x
    $ / mo
    24Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Longest stays

  • London
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.78 5
    220 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Expensive and crowded. Low quality of services. Customer service is a joke. Great internet connectivity. Mediocre food, unless you like Indian, which is everywhere. Crappy weather. Not safe at night (depends on the area of course). I lived in Docklands, didn't feel safe outside of my apartment. Difficult to get anything done without proof of address, so make sure to get a place as soon as possible. Opening a business account in a "traditional" bank can take weeks. Banking is very backward - unless you enjoy browsing PDF statements... I honestly don't understand why London is so popular. I was deeply disappointed and left after a few months. The only real upside is the job market, but as a nomad, you can provide services to London-based businesses from somewhere else.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 18°64°18°64°AQI47
    3yr
    $ / mo
    16Mbps
  • Seoul
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.78 5
    224 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Spend a few hours and learn the Korean alphabet (not that hard) and Google some names of Korean dishes + it's spelling in Korean. It will help a lot as most restaurants only have Korean menu's and often without pictures. As mentioned previously on the reviews, it's a little hard to eat alone, but Gimbab Chonguk (๊น€๋ฐฅ์ฒœ๊ตญ) is everywhere and 24/7 - no one will bat an eye. Also look for places that "specialises" in dumplings, They are usually "alone-eating" friendly. And so are ramen places as well as Korean "chinese" restaurants - Jajangmyeon (์ž์žฅ๋ฉด) is very good and super addictive. Bibimbab restaurant places are fine too. Actually, it's not that hard to eat alone in Korea. The "group" meals are generally quite obvious and will be things like BBQ. You'll figure it out. Do Get used to kimchi and spicy food otherwise you'll end up eating the same thing all the time. Be adventurous. Challenge yourself and eat an octopus alive (์‚ฐ๋‚™์ง€). If you're really brave try ๋ณด์‹ ํƒ• before authorities close them all - I haven't but a lot of Weagukins (foreigners) secret do. Cafe's generally have really good wifi, as you would expect from one of the most connected countries in the world. Expect to pay $4-6 for a latte and maybe even more at Starbucks. Best cafe's are usually around Hipster areas and Universities. Indie owned cafe's are awesome. Nightlife is great, probably amongst the best in Asia. Can get very expensive especially at night clubs in Gangnam where it would could be like $10 for a beer - in that case you can still get drunk for $2 with soju just outside at 7Eleven. Winters are stupidly cold and summers can be brutally hot & humid. Go between April and June or September to October. They have cherry blossoms in spring which is beautiful and so are the autumn leaves. Lived here for many years. It's a cool place and vastly underrated. Seoul is continuously becoming more expensive and cost of living will soon be comparable with places like Tokyo.

    ๐ŸŒซ Feels 26°79°25°77°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI97
    5d
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Shanghai
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.31 5
    214 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    I also want to share that no matter where you are in China, the fucking GFW is going to ruin your internet experience to max

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 20°68°19°65°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI128
    4d
    $ / mo
    10Mbps
  • Hong Kong
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.78 5
    219 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    It's possible to live in Hong Kong on the cheap. You've got to live far out in the New Territories, or on an outlying island. I spent a summer living happily on Lamma Island for ~$500USD/month in rent for one bedroom in a shared flat. Rent is really the only tricky part--everything else is relatively cheap.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 31°88°27°81°AQI41
    4d
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Hangzhou
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.5 5
    206 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 28°82°27°80°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI90
    4d
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Tokyo
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.05 5
    223 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
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    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

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