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My name is Anya, I'm 25 years young and I'm currently working as an English language instructor for an elementary school in Osaka Japan. I have also been known to make some pretty interesting comps

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#251 - That sounds real funny coming from someone who didn't have the… 08/11/2014 on What is one thing you want... 0
#172 - I can't believe you were thumbed down so many times. If we are…  [+] (2 new replies) 08/10/2014 on What is one thing you want... +3
#232 - anonymous (08/11/2014) [-]
So because they are opinions they should be thumbed up?
Nobody is ''casting you out'' its just virtual thumbs that don't exist, and besides if you're gonna post an opinion you should expect backfire.
You're the only one being a immature asshole here.
#251 - bizengaust (08/11/2014) [-]
That sounds real funny coming from someone who didn't have the balls to log in and say that. The point was that she mentioned big brother admin. If she hadn't then it would have just been a comment. Sometimes big brother admin can be an asshole, sometimes big brother admin can be a really great guy. She was just pointing out he can be a bitch sometimes and people got all buthurt.
#277 - except that I'm female  [+] (1 new reply) 08/10/2014 on (untitled) +1
#282 - ironsoul (08/11/2014) [-]
So you say....
#6 - be still my beating heart.... 08/09/2014 on Save a horse 0
#190 - That's very kind of you ^_^. I'm pretty used to haters and I k… 08/09/2014 on Myths About Russia +1
#88 - I never gave up my Russian citizenship......ok guys I'm puttin… 08/09/2014 on Random Interesting Facts... +3
#49 - No, a Russian 08/09/2014 on bizengaust's profile 0
#84 - no matter how old you are, horrible you are,great you are, we … 08/08/2014 on It gets dark... 0
#18 - *meant to write the video games where in a cage. Not sure why … 08/08/2014 on Retail Job Lessons 0
#17 - I could write a whole novel but let me give you some skinny. 1…  [+] (3 new replies) 08/08/2014 on Retail Job Lessons 0
User avatar #24 - deathstare (08/08/2014) [-]
bad manager
#20 - impaledsandwich (08/08/2014) [-]
Yeah fuck that. Somehow every story like this makes me hate customers just a little bit more.
User avatar #18 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
*meant to write the video games where in a cage. Not sure why the G didn't show up.
#81 - I teach In Japan I'm from Russia originally and I've …  [+] (3 new replies) 08/08/2014 on It gets dark... 0
User avatar #83 - chickenbones (08/08/2014) [-]
Well I suppose that explains why I was loved and hated in equal amounts by my teachers. I passed every test, and nearly every test, while sleeping through nearly every class. It's sort of a slap in the face to the teachers I think. "Hey! I'm smart but not applying myself and your wasting your time trying!" I'm 24 now, and sometimes want to go back and thank the poor bastards to show them they weren't wasting their time. Although here in the US that's seen as cheesy and they probably wouldn't remember me anyway. Oh well, thanks for your thankless service you dust bag.
User avatar #85 - chickenbones (08/08/2014) [-]
nearly every class*
User avatar #84 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
no matter how old you are, horrible you are,great you are, we always remember. Always
#12 - I think that is a given if you work in a liquor store. My cous…  [+] (1 new reply) 08/08/2014 on Retail Job Lessons +3
#40 - arrowfrogamped (08/14/2014) [-]
Ya I would imagine that there would be some fucked up stories.
#79 - I'm from Russia. I've never called my father by his first name… 08/08/2014 on Im not going to lie to you +2
#8 - the skinny of it is people taking advantage of kindness. Our p…  [+] (6 new replies) 08/08/2014 on Retail Job Lessons +11
User avatar #16 - hazardpay (08/08/2014) [-]
Yea, give it all to us!
User avatar #14 - impaledsandwich (08/08/2014) [-]
Give us the whole iceberg. Our anuses are prepared.
#17 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
I could write a whole novel but let me give you some skinny. 1. I worked a black friday when a popular video game was going on sale. These games where kept in a cate for obvious reasons. I had to unlock and hand them out individually which resulted in me getting bruised scratched, and bumped.
2. Had a lady return a shirt that was not only 5 years old but smelled of something I don't want to try to put an adjective on. She had the tags on it, and she had the receipt. Due to store policy I had to accept it and give her the full amount she paid for it. If I had a nickle for every time this happened I'd be one rich bitch.
3. Since I'm a certified jeweler I spent 85% of my time at said counter and had to deal with people trying to even exchange cheap fake ass rings for real diamond rings. Even when I'd calmly explain to them that what they were showing me was obviously not a diamond It was almost always cubic zirconia which is made to look exactly like a diamond but is not and would say I was being rude and treating them awful because of this. Every time a customer tried to rob us blind like this the manager would say "do it anyway, yes we can policy" I just about teared my hair out each time customers would trade cheap shit for high priced gems.......I need to stop now......getting a migraine....bad memories.....shell shock....
User avatar #24 - deathstare (08/08/2014) [-]
bad manager
#20 - impaledsandwich (08/08/2014) [-]
Yeah fuck that. Somehow every story like this makes me hate customers just a little bit more.
User avatar #18 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
*meant to write the video games where in a cage. Not sure why the G didn't show up.
#47 - Attack on titan 08/08/2014 on It gets dark... 0
#45 - I'm a school teacher so I've dealt with my fair share of nasty…  [+] (9 new replies) 08/08/2014 on It gets dark... +28
User avatar #79 - chickenbones (08/08/2014) [-]
I have often wondered what drives a person to become a teacher. I sat back and watched my teachers all through my scholastic career deal with brats, and wondered why on earth you were there. I saw a teacher moved to tears on two occasions, I saw a teacher stabbed with a pencil and come back to teach the class a few days later. I saw a teacher lose his mind, get up on a desk and start shouting, only to come back from unpaid leave a week later. Why oh why do you guys persist? I dropped out of HS and got my GED and went to college. Mainly due to the fact that I was tired of the mutually assured misery I saw every where around me. I really am grateful that people are there to teach, but I would never, never put myself through that crap.
User avatar #81 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
I teach In Japan I'm from Russia originally and I've certainly had students that have made me want to tear my hair out. But I've also have students that have moved me with how bright and clever they are. I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to share my knowledge. In the end its not about dealing with brats, its about sharing what you know in hopes that they will go on and share that knowledge with others.
User avatar #83 - chickenbones (08/08/2014) [-]
Well I suppose that explains why I was loved and hated in equal amounts by my teachers. I passed every test, and nearly every test, while sleeping through nearly every class. It's sort of a slap in the face to the teachers I think. "Hey! I'm smart but not applying myself and your wasting your time trying!" I'm 24 now, and sometimes want to go back and thank the poor bastards to show them they weren't wasting their time. Although here in the US that's seen as cheesy and they probably wouldn't remember me anyway. Oh well, thanks for your thankless service you dust bag.
User avatar #85 - chickenbones (08/08/2014) [-]
nearly every class*
User avatar #84 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
no matter how old you are, horrible you are,great you are, we always remember. Always
User avatar #66 - lanfearandthecup (08/08/2014) [-]
>blue text teacher

you drop a "fag" here or a "autism" there in the class by accident yet?
User avatar #73 - sirkanesixtytwo (08/08/2014) [-]
He's probably not a fucking idiot.
User avatar #74 - lanfearandthecup (08/08/2014) [-]
lol no shit, its was more of a joke
#55 - ghostofwisebox (08/08/2014) [-]
It's always cool to see another teacher on funnyjunk.
#6 - my first job through high school and college was retail via Ko…  [+] (12 new replies) 08/08/2014 on Retail Job Lessons +6
#10 - arrowfrogamped (08/08/2014) [-]
Dude, I work for a (Canadian) liquor store in one of the poorest districts of my city I am one of the Bosses (3 years now). anything you've seen at your retail job I guarantee I've seen worse.
#12 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
I think that is a given if you work in a liquor store. My cousin worked in one back in Russia and he has some fucked up stories.....
#40 - arrowfrogamped (08/14/2014) [-]
Ya I would imagine that there would be some fucked up stories.
User avatar #9 - poutinesalad (08/08/2014) [-]
Oh yeah? I worked at an A&W for my first job. In a ghetto neighborhood.
#7 - GothicChi (08/08/2014) [-]
I'd like to hear about your story
User avatar #8 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
the skinny of it is people taking advantage of kindness. Our policy was to take expired coupons no matter what and I had customers come up to me and say "oh you have to take this because your company says so and there's not a damn thing you can do about it." that is only the tip of the iceberg
User avatar #16 - hazardpay (08/08/2014) [-]
Yea, give it all to us!
User avatar #14 - impaledsandwich (08/08/2014) [-]
Give us the whole iceberg. Our anuses are prepared.
#17 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
I could write a whole novel but let me give you some skinny. 1. I worked a black friday when a popular video game was going on sale. These games where kept in a cate for obvious reasons. I had to unlock and hand them out individually which resulted in me getting bruised scratched, and bumped.
2. Had a lady return a shirt that was not only 5 years old but smelled of something I don't want to try to put an adjective on. She had the tags on it, and she had the receipt. Due to store policy I had to accept it and give her the full amount she paid for it. If I had a nickle for every time this happened I'd be one rich bitch.
3. Since I'm a certified jeweler I spent 85% of my time at said counter and had to deal with people trying to even exchange cheap fake ass rings for real diamond rings. Even when I'd calmly explain to them that what they were showing me was obviously not a diamond It was almost always cubic zirconia which is made to look exactly like a diamond but is not and would say I was being rude and treating them awful because of this. Every time a customer tried to rob us blind like this the manager would say "do it anyway, yes we can policy" I just about teared my hair out each time customers would trade cheap shit for high priced gems.......I need to stop now......getting a migraine....bad memories.....shell shock....
User avatar #24 - deathstare (08/08/2014) [-]
bad manager
#20 - impaledsandwich (08/08/2014) [-]
Yeah fuck that. Somehow every story like this makes me hate customers just a little bit more.
User avatar #18 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
*meant to write the video games where in a cage. Not sure why the G didn't show up.
#32 - I feel as if I learned a lot today  [+] (1 new reply) 08/08/2014 on The Wood Spider +17
#35 - phoenix grinder (08/08/2014) [-]
one can never learn enough from FJ
#15 - I'm Russian and I approve of this chair 08/08/2014 on Just a chair made out of AK47s +3
#56 - Exactly? If you grow up coddling your children they won't lear… 08/08/2014 on Im not going to lie to you +2
#55 - I've heard about that....I mean even where I'm from Russ…  [+] (4 new replies) 08/08/2014 on Im not going to lie to you +11
User avatar #109 - garaichu (08/08/2014) [-]
I'll be honest, I always get uncomfortable when I hear about "disciplining" children. I get that some people "need" to do it, and that it probably works with the majority, and shit, spanking when you thread the line is also something I experienced, but I've never needed serious "disciplining", and I turned out perfectly fine... I don't think I could ever hit my own child for practically any reason. They'd have to fuck up MAJORLY. On the other hand, while never once hitting me in any way, my mom would give me a pretty brutal house arrest if I fucked up. Nothing as simple as staying in the house, we're talking lying in bed and not doing jack shit. Jesus H Christ it was boring.
#64 - anonymous (08/08/2014) [-]
Hard to believe you have an actual degree and yet seem to be stupid to the point of generalizing a whole country (USA) and then a whole continent (Europe).
#59 - mistatesla (08/08/2014) [-]
I couldn't agree more. What bugs me the most though is that not even schools are allowed to really punish kids anymore. In fact my high school detention was maybe a better study/learning zone then the actual classrooms. I think if we would at least bring back the paddle then it would greatly improve our future generation's behavior...but that is another discussion.
#62 - finalfantasymaster (08/08/2014) [-]
YFW
#22 - Having lived in Japan for 6 years I can confirm that the yaeba… 08/08/2014 on more crap to forget 0
#50 - I never understood how americans disrespect their parents by s…  [+] (19 new replies) 08/08/2014 on Im not going to lie to you +10
User avatar #113 - mrselfdestruct (08/08/2014) [-]
i respect the hell out of my parents.
i wouldn't disrespect them, or anybody in the family on purpose
friends too

people not in that circle, though....................
well, they're fair game
#106 - anonymous (08/08/2014) [-]
im asian and i wouldnt even swear at my parents in my dreams. im sure you can figure out why
#92 - asasinmonkey (08/08/2014) [-]
I called my mom a bitch one time. She looked me in the eye and slapped the literal taste out of my mouth. I don't think I've been hit as hard since, even by full grown men. Needless to say ive never said anything of the sort again. My mother is a Texan Italian though so she takes no shit what so ever.
User avatar #91 - truesmokewolf (08/08/2014) [-]
The image you've probably created in your mind is a common mistake, the image created by our fucking media. Goddam TV shows like 16 and Pregnant, stupid shit like that.
User avatar #90 - velociraptorein (08/08/2014) [-]
As an American, My story of disrespect goes like this. I used to love the shit out of both of my parents and would not even dare think of disrespecting my father (This man is the Hulk.. Works out way to much IMO) And my mother did everything for me.

After a while, Things changed and i found out my dad had been cheating on my mother and i felt i could never forgive him as my mother was the world. I then found out that my mother had lied to me Causing me to hate her. She stole from my Swim Team and they kicked me out because of her. about why he started cheating she stole quite a sum of money and he ended up having to pay it back himself to keep her out of jail

While i was no longer hateful of my father, I still couldn't go back to what i had with him due to multiple things that happened along the time it took to find out what my mother did. In the end, I wouldnt be here without them, But due to everything that has happened, We no longer see eye to eye about anything.
User avatar #89 - truesmokewolf (08/08/2014) [-]
If I ever swore at my parents I'd be reported missing on the news and my body would never turn up.
#82 - malexandercalamity (08/08/2014) [-]
My parents aren't great role models so I'm glad they never hit me. I would probably have been scared to even internally criticize their lifestyle and I might inherit their flaws.
#70 - princessren (08/08/2014) [-]
huh...strange
what country are you from?
I was talking to another European a couple days ago from Denmark
and he said it was pretty normal to call your parents and teachers by their first names, and as an American I found it weird and almost disrespectful
I dunno
User avatar #79 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
I'm from Russia. I've never called my father by his first name like.......ever. It's not a matter of fear but in our culture parents are sacred and you owe them respect because they brought you into this world and they sure as hell can rip you out of it
#65 - finalfantasymaster (08/08/2014) [-]
i understand, my dad is still really hard on me im 15 he hits me at times but only when i take things too far, i can still swear in moderation, he ued to beat the shit out of me, not hit me, beat the shit out of me like i bled and nearly broke bones and things like that, it made me braver but i still have repressed feelings about it
#63 - salsawin (08/08/2014) [-]
Let's be clear, I think this is an attitude more prevalent in low class families. I'm from the US, and I can clearly recall once (and only once) saying something even mildly rude and crude to my father, regarding my mother. He punched me so hard in the chest that I flew across the room and smacked into a wall (I was maybe nine or ten.) I literally crawled out, winded, and I had to apologize to both him and my mother and serve out a number of harsh punishments.
User avatar #54 - freakyorange (08/08/2014) [-]
As an American, I don't understand it either. I feel like if I ever swore at my parents, I would get chewed out. I am honestly scared to do it, and I'm 20 years old and live on my own.
User avatar #56 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
Exactly? If you grow up coddling your children they won't learn to think for themselves. My father was always very strict with me and didn't go easy on me just because I was a girl. Yes it was hard and I hated it sometimes but it's because of that I'm able to live properly on my own. If my car breaks down I can diagnose the problem, if I'm having trouble with money I know I need to seek better work, if something falls apart I know to fix it. Coddling your children doesn't make their lives easier
User avatar #52 - mistatesla (08/08/2014) [-]
It is because for some time now in America it is socially considered child abuse to hit your kid for any reason. So the little bastards would grow up without real discipline and become selfish little punks. My parents, however, didn't give a fuck about socially acceptable methods of scolding their kid and I actually admire them for that.
#55 - bizengaust (08/08/2014) [-]
I've heard about that....I mean even where I'm from Russia if you have to constantly strike your child it means they don't respect you enough to heed your words. I also wouldn't use a spanking as my first choice with my future kids but if they continue to disrespect you I don't see a problem with a slap on the bottom. I majored in Psychology so they can't pull that shit on me, there is a fine difference in being abusive and disciplining your child. I'm not saying beat the shit of your child, but a slap on the bottom is not abuse. It's showing that they did wrong.
User avatar #109 - garaichu (08/08/2014) [-]
I'll be honest, I always get uncomfortable when I hear about "disciplining" children. I get that some people "need" to do it, and that it probably works with the majority, and shit, spanking when you thread the line is also something I experienced, but I've never needed serious "disciplining", and I turned out perfectly fine... I don't think I could ever hit my own child for practically any reason. They'd have to fuck up MAJORLY. On the other hand, while never once hitting me in any way, my mom would give me a pretty brutal house arrest if I fucked up. Nothing as simple as staying in the house, we're talking lying in bed and not doing jack shit. Jesus H Christ it was boring.
#64 - anonymous (08/08/2014) [-]
Hard to believe you have an actual degree and yet seem to be stupid to the point of generalizing a whole country (USA) and then a whole continent (Europe).
#59 - mistatesla (08/08/2014) [-]
I couldn't agree more. What bugs me the most though is that not even schools are allowed to really punish kids anymore. In fact my high school detention was maybe a better study/learning zone then the actual classrooms. I think if we would at least bring back the paddle then it would greatly improve our future generation's behavior...but that is another discussion.
#62 - finalfantasymaster (08/08/2014) [-]
YFW
#39 - I can finally use this T.T 08/08/2014 on (untitled) +2
#173 - My fiance asked me what to expect when meeting my family and t… 08/07/2014 on Myths About Russia 0
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User avatar #92 - joshlol, inventor of being lonely (45 minutes ago) [-]
Are you a Russian living in Japan to teach English or have I got that wrong?
User avatar #82 - ironsoul (12/24/2014) [-]
If I have a short question on the accuracy of a translation, is it okay to ask you about it?
User avatar #83 to #82 - bizengaust (12/24/2014) [-]
Sure what do you want to know?
User avatar #84 to #83 - ironsoul (12/24/2014) [-]
Would kaminariningyou be the best/shortest way to say lightning doll? It is for a game I am running where one of the characters is basically playing an ancient japanese golem.
User avatar #85 to #84 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
That's the best way I can think to translate it. Since there is no one word for it, it will translate out as two which makes it kaminari ningyo. That's the literal translation. Otherwise it would be "kaminari no ningyo" which is "Doll of lightning".



User avatar #86 to #85 - ironsoul (12/25/2014) [-]
Thanks, I appreciate it.
Obviously google translate is my first destination for translation, but not everything translates the way it is intended.
Case in point, translating putting the English expression "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" into Russian and back produces something along the lines of "The vodka is good but the meat is rotten", which has a totally different meaning. Thank you for your time.
User avatar #87 to #86 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
No problem happy to help ^_^. With Russian you have to be careful with internet translators. We do not say things so simply like "I went to the store". For us its more like, "To the store I went, yesterday." Some words you have to will also translate different and spirit is almost always meaning alcohol to us and flesh will indicate food. So for us it would be more like, "the soul is strong but the body is weak."
User avatar #88 to #87 - ironsoul (12/25/2014) [-]
What is the most ridiculous mistranslation you have seen? I imagine the potential for hilarity increases with the number of languages you speak.
User avatar #89 to #88 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
I was with someone once who went through the trouble to learn to say that I looked very nice that day in Russian but they said a few wrong words and it came out like "you're turtle like." To this day I often wonder what it is to be "turtle like" and I often use her broken up phrase with my brother.
User avatar #90 to #89 - ironsoul (12/25/2014) [-]
The worst ones I am personally responsible for are English to Spanish ones.
I meant to say "I am hungry" (I have a hunger) but I mispronounced the second word so it came out "I have a man"
I then, upon discovering my error, attempted to say that I was embarrassed.
"Embarazada" is the Spanish word for pregnant.
User avatar #91 to #90 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
My Japanese was like that for the first year. I'd want to say "oh really?" hontou ni? but instead I would say something more along the lines of "i guess so" which is both very rude and makes me sound like I'm calling them a liar.
or I'd try to say "do it go on" which is a simple "dozo dozo" I said what came out as "just **** it."
#80 - fistpump (12/08/2014) [-]
So uh... Hey. I came seeking advice about living in Japan... If you're willing to give it, of course. Feel free to ignore me. I can't help but notice how many others have commented on your profile looking for exactly the same thing, haha. You're like some kind of patron saint of outsiders living in Japan, you should be proud of that.   
But anyway, yeah... My girlfriend 						*******					 loves Japan, for the anime and the food and the culture, and I kinda like the traditional side (the earthquake-proof houses that have been around hundreds of years, the warring states period, the art and legends, that sort of thing) and it occurred to me that I'd actually love to visit Japan in a few years, so I was wondering a couple of things. Again, you can just ignore this. So like, when you first moved there, as an outsider, did you find it difficult to... live (buy food, have fun in town, that sorta thing), without knowing any of the language? (I have assumed that you went to Japan only speaking Russian and English, correct me if I'm wrong). Was it difficult to travel to places? And learn to use the money and whatnot? I'm sure that when I go there it'll probably be for one to two weeks, not enough time to warrant learning a new language (if I travel to places I intend to stay for a long time, I learn the basic language. I've done this for Italy, Germany and France.  ) Is it enjoyable for people who don't like things that people typically like about Japan? I'm not really an anime person, I only like a few video games, you know, that kind of thing.  I'm sure it is a wonderful place, I just don't know enough about modern Japan. I don't know. I hope you like it there, anyway. Again, feel free to ignore me, I know I've written a lot. You have a good day, now!
So uh... Hey. I came seeking advice about living in Japan... If you're willing to give it, of course. Feel free to ignore me. I can't help but notice how many others have commented on your profile looking for exactly the same thing, haha. You're like some kind of patron saint of outsiders living in Japan, you should be proud of that.
But anyway, yeah... My girlfriend ******* loves Japan, for the anime and the food and the culture, and I kinda like the traditional side (the earthquake-proof houses that have been around hundreds of years, the warring states period, the art and legends, that sort of thing) and it occurred to me that I'd actually love to visit Japan in a few years, so I was wondering a couple of things. Again, you can just ignore this. So like, when you first moved there, as an outsider, did you find it difficult to... live (buy food, have fun in town, that sorta thing), without knowing any of the language? (I have assumed that you went to Japan only speaking Russian and English, correct me if I'm wrong). Was it difficult to travel to places? And learn to use the money and whatnot? I'm sure that when I go there it'll probably be for one to two weeks, not enough time to warrant learning a new language (if I travel to places I intend to stay for a long time, I learn the basic language. I've done this for Italy, Germany and France. ) Is it enjoyable for people who don't like things that people typically like about Japan? I'm not really an anime person, I only like a few video games, you know, that kind of thing. I'm sure it is a wonderful place, I just don't know enough about modern Japan. I don't know. I hope you like it there, anyway. Again, feel free to ignore me, I know I've written a lot. You have a good day, now!
#81 to #80 - bizengaust (12/08/2014) [-]
Whenever people tell me their going to come visit or live in Japan the first advice I feel is necessary to give is to do lots of research. I came here working for a company  I work for a different one now  that brought teachers in from all over the place. Some would have a great experience like I did and would stay long term while others would flee after a month or so. I found that most of the people who fled where the ones who didn't do research and set their expectations to unrealistic levels.   
I had the same interest you and your girlfriend share when I was about to come here and I did TONS of research via books,films,documentaries, the works.  I took a lot of classes to learn the language as well but like learning English when I came to the states from Russia, you learn your best when your in the culture. Though knowing some words and phrases when you go over certainly helps  Since I came over here via a company that put me up in housing I'm not sure how hard it would be to find a house if you just hopped over. Apartments are about the same pricing as they are in the states and the closer you are to the city the more expensive they will be. A good thing to keep in mind to is that apartments  unless you want to fork out a lot of money  are pretty small. My first one was literally a single space the size of a modest living room with a stove in the corner, a closet with a washing machine, and a bathroom. This is very very normal and takes some getting used to but you'll find it's actually rather cozy.   
I think the food is amazing and I always look forward to trying something new when I can.  People here really enjoy when your open to trying the different foods they offer and will always try to coax you to do so.   
Most things like money and travel I had to get used to over time but I was always able to find someone willing to offer a bit of advice as long as I asked nice. It takes a good deal of patience to adjust to Japanese society and life but if you show that patience and work for it I promise you the outcome is so worth it!.   
It's amazing here and I think everyone should get to experience it sometime in their life whether they go to the beautiful countryside or the culture of the city. I hope I was able to answer some questions. If you have any more please don't be shy about asking.   
P.S. If your looking to visit for two weeks or so I'd recommend googling tour groups. They have these during different parts of the Japanese holiday year and they go around and see all sorts of sites depending on which one you choose. You always travel in a group and they help you with things like money and the like.
Whenever people tell me their going to come visit or live in Japan the first advice I feel is necessary to give is to do lots of research. I came here working for a company I work for a different one now that brought teachers in from all over the place. Some would have a great experience like I did and would stay long term while others would flee after a month or so. I found that most of the people who fled where the ones who didn't do research and set their expectations to unrealistic levels.
I had the same interest you and your girlfriend share when I was about to come here and I did TONS of research via books,films,documentaries, the works. I took a lot of classes to learn the language as well but like learning English when I came to the states from Russia, you learn your best when your in the culture. Though knowing some words and phrases when you go over certainly helps Since I came over here via a company that put me up in housing I'm not sure how hard it would be to find a house if you just hopped over. Apartments are about the same pricing as they are in the states and the closer you are to the city the more expensive they will be. A good thing to keep in mind to is that apartments unless you want to fork out a lot of money are pretty small. My first one was literally a single space the size of a modest living room with a stove in the corner, a closet with a washing machine, and a bathroom. This is very very normal and takes some getting used to but you'll find it's actually rather cozy.
I think the food is amazing and I always look forward to trying something new when I can. People here really enjoy when your open to trying the different foods they offer and will always try to coax you to do so.
Most things like money and travel I had to get used to over time but I was always able to find someone willing to offer a bit of advice as long as I asked nice. It takes a good deal of patience to adjust to Japanese society and life but if you show that patience and work for it I promise you the outcome is so worth it!.
It's amazing here and I think everyone should get to experience it sometime in their life whether they go to the beautiful countryside or the culture of the city. I hope I was able to answer some questions. If you have any more please don't be shy about asking.
P.S. If your looking to visit for two weeks or so I'd recommend googling tour groups. They have these during different parts of the Japanese holiday year and they go around and see all sorts of sites depending on which one you choose. You always travel in a group and they help you with things like money and the like.
User avatar #79 - thewulfman (12/05/2014) [-]
Can't believe it took me this long to subscribe to you.
User avatar #76 - sketchyz (11/29/2014) [-]
Hey, bizengaust, what do the Japanese think of Mexicans? If you don't know off the top of your head I can wait until you ask someone.
User avatar #77 to #76 - bizengaust (11/30/2014) [-]
I asked a few, even my fiance, and they always seem to the same reaction. They just kind of shrug and say they are alright. You don't really see a lot of mexicans here so people don't know what to think of them too much
#78 to #77 - sketchyz (12/01/2014) [-]
Well, it's better than nothing, I guess. At least if I ever go they won't have too many silly prejudices.
#71 - europe (11/19/2014) [-]
By the way, what's up with the introductions in anime? Is it normal when you introduce yourself to a fellow high school student to give him/her your last (or in Japan, first) name as well?
#72 to #71 - bizengaust (11/20/2014) [-]
Unless you are given permission  and even then I probably wouldn't unless they really really insist it  it is VERY rude to call someone by their first name or even without an honorific. Doing either shows a great lack of respect and makes you appear childish.  People will always introduce you last name first because that is what you are expected to call them unless your allowed.   
I didn't start calling my fiance by his first name until we had been dating for two years. That being said if someone asks you to call them by their first name they are attempting to get closer to you then a mere acquaintance.
Unless you are given permission and even then I probably wouldn't unless they really really insist it it is VERY rude to call someone by their first name or even without an honorific. Doing either shows a great lack of respect and makes you appear childish. People will always introduce you last name first because that is what you are expected to call them unless your allowed.
I didn't start calling my fiance by his first name until we had been dating for two years. That being said if someone asks you to call them by their first name they are attempting to get closer to you then a mere acquaintance.
#74 to #72 - europe (11/24/2014) [-]
Can't help but notice how in anime certain English words are used such as 'originality' (or something that sounded much like it). Does this mean that the Japanese language didn't originally have a select few of these words or have they chosen to use those words for other reasons?
#75 to #74 - bizengaust (11/24/2014) [-]
Some of the problems English translators have when making subtitles and moving one language to another  I had this problem to when I had to learn English when my native language is Russian  is that some words simply do not translate the same.  When you have phrases like "yoroshiku" that means so many different things depending on the circumstance and doesn't really have a translation it can be hard to put a word there.   
Because of this translators usually have to pick a word to put in those gaps so it can make sense to western audiences.
Some of the problems English translators have when making subtitles and moving one language to another I had this problem to when I had to learn English when my native language is Russian is that some words simply do not translate the same. When you have phrases like "yoroshiku" that means so many different things depending on the circumstance and doesn't really have a translation it can be hard to put a word there.
Because of this translators usually have to pick a word to put in those gaps so it can make sense to western audiences.
User avatar #73 to #72 - europe (11/20/2014) [-]
Ah, noted
Thanks
#68 - europe (11/01/2014) [-]
In Yotsuba& they celebrate Halloween
I know christmas is celebrated in Japan to a certain degree, but how about Halloween?
#69 to #68 - bizengaust (11/03/2014) [-]
Halloween is a huge commercial holiday in Japan. There are very few places you can go without seeing pumpkin this or ghost that and there are many fun halloween exclusive foods that come on the market. That is usually where it ends though. You can find some late night Halloween parties in the nightlife districts of most cities and few people will throw their own but that's it. Alas there is no trick or treating here which I found to be a bit of a bummer.
Halloween is a huge commercial holiday in Japan. There are very few places you can go without seeing pumpkin this or ghost that and there are many fun halloween exclusive foods that come on the market. That is usually where it ends though. You can find some late night Halloween parties in the nightlife districts of most cities and few people will throw their own but that's it. Alas there is no trick or treating here which I found to be a bit of a bummer.
#70 to #69 - europe (11/03/2014) [-]
That's a shame
Thank you
User avatar #63 - Indoknight (10/22/2014) [-]
When you said you had to prep your home for the winter, what does that entail? You don't live in a hut or something, right?
#64 to #63 - bizengaust (10/22/2014) [-]
Japanese homes aren't insulated like homes in the states are so prep involves calling the heating company and making sure we are set up for the months we will need it  everything is very organized like this. They pretty much have a list of everyone who needs heating and how long they will have it, and I stick to my Russian roots by hanging tapestries on the wall to keep the cold out. This takes a big chunk of my time.
Japanese homes aren't insulated like homes in the states are so prep involves calling the heating company and making sure we are set up for the months we will need it everything is very organized like this. They pretty much have a list of everyone who needs heating and how long they will have it, and I stick to my Russian roots by hanging tapestries on the wall to keep the cold out. This takes a big chunk of my time.
User avatar #65 to #64 - Indoknight (10/23/2014) [-]
Any reason for not having insulation? I'm sure the japanese have been dealing with cold for a long time and it is not something relatively new.
#66 to #65 - bizengaust (10/23/2014) [-]
This reason I sadly am not so sure about. In Russia and other European cultures it varies from simplicity to just being poor and without the resources. I've asked a lot of people and answers vary from one of those three to just living a modest lifestyle amongst a tech wonderland.    
For this I suppose I don't have a straight answer because I've never been given one. All I can do is make sure the heat is turned on  and it will be  and make sure my walls are covered  which I'm working on .
This reason I sadly am not so sure about. In Russia and other European cultures it varies from simplicity to just being poor and without the resources. I've asked a lot of people and answers vary from one of those three to just living a modest lifestyle amongst a tech wonderland.
For this I suppose I don't have a straight answer because I've never been given one. All I can do is make sure the heat is turned on and it will be and make sure my walls are covered which I'm working on .
User avatar #67 to #66 - Indoknight (10/23/2014) [-]
Oh in that case, I wish you many warm nights! not in a creepy way
User avatar #62 - Indoknight (09/12/2014) [-]
i lubz u bizengaust!

pls be waifu...
#60 - bestfoxgirl (09/04/2014) [-]
Didn't want to spam both your status and your comment section, so I deleted these 2 posts.

But from what I've heard, the photos weren't on her phone, but on cloud, so it's not like they hacked her phone. Your nudes are safe <3
#61 to #60 - bizengaust (09/06/2014) [-]
It's all good in the hood
User avatar #56 - ironsoul (08/23/2014) [-]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT2z0nrsQ8o
As somebody from Russia I don't know if you would find this amusing or not.
#57 to #56 - bizengaust (08/23/2014) [-]
I actually get a big kick out of epic rap battles  my brother sends them to me often  and this one I find very amusing. That:s the Russian history of politics in a nutshell for you
I actually get a big kick out of epic rap battles my brother sends them to me often and this one I find very amusing. That:s the Russian history of politics in a nutshell for you
User avatar #58 to #57 - ironsoul (08/25/2014) [-]
It makes me sad that I learned more about Russian history from that video than I ever did in school. I mean come on, its the biggest country in the world.
#59 to #58 - bizengaust (08/26/2014) [-]
What's sadder is being from Russian and only learning half of that when you come to the states
What's sadder is being from Russian and only learning half of that when you come to the states
#50 - bestfoxgirl (08/19/2014) [-]
Oh, and btw, I just noticed your comment about dakimakuras (the body pillows) and the loli/lolicons.

Just wanted to clear up, the term loli is misused on every occasion now. It actually refers to the 'small body frame' and can be used in reference to adults, of course. Also, in anime there are often characters which seem underage, but are actually of legal age. The term 'loli' is also connected to a dressing style (and it's absolutely not something a child would wear, believe me...). I don't know why it bugs me when people associate loli with pedophilia (which is totally gross, absolutely disgusting and omg kill it with fire). Because... it doesn't have any relevance, right?

That's what I noticed, at least. I haven't been to Japan, so I'm not an expert.
#51 to #50 - bizengaust (08/20/2014) [-]
My knowledge of the subject is actually very limited. The only time I've been exposed to it is when I see it in anime stores  my cousin loves anime so I send her stuff often  or when I see people cosplaying. I did have some prior knowledge to lolita fashion since it's actually a retro fashion trend in Russia  although it's not as popular as dolls are associated with being stupid and empty headed . When I came to Japan I was actually very interested in girls dressing in Lolita fashion. I'm a sucker for Victorian era dress or anything so that sort of thing was right up my ally. I cannot lie though, when I first saw grown men fawning over underage girls I was very unsettled. I think part of this was because 1.) I've had times when I tutor junior high and I've had to call the cops because grow men were harassing my students and 2.) Because I just didn't understand the culture.   
I've since learned a ton about the fascination with &quot;cute culture&quot; and the fact that the age of consent is very different  it's 13 for anything that isn't intercourse which is 18 but you can get married at 16. It's very sticky business     
Since I come from a culture were sexual violence is a big issue I do get a little freaked out but in learning the culture I'm starting to see that It's not all associate with pedophilia. After all, the story Lolita wasn't about that sort of thing at all either. It was simply about a man trying to relive the memory of someone he lost in his youth  I get angry when people associate that story with him being a pedophile to. I feel like their missing the bigger picture.
My knowledge of the subject is actually very limited. The only time I've been exposed to it is when I see it in anime stores my cousin loves anime so I send her stuff often or when I see people cosplaying. I did have some prior knowledge to lolita fashion since it's actually a retro fashion trend in Russia although it's not as popular as dolls are associated with being stupid and empty headed . When I came to Japan I was actually very interested in girls dressing in Lolita fashion. I'm a sucker for Victorian era dress or anything so that sort of thing was right up my ally. I cannot lie though, when I first saw grown men fawning over underage girls I was very unsettled. I think part of this was because 1.) I've had times when I tutor junior high and I've had to call the cops because grow men were harassing my students and 2.) Because I just didn't understand the culture.
I've since learned a ton about the fascination with "cute culture" and the fact that the age of consent is very different it's 13 for anything that isn't intercourse which is 18 but you can get married at 16. It's very sticky business
Since I come from a culture were sexual violence is a big issue I do get a little freaked out but in learning the culture I'm starting to see that It's not all associate with pedophilia. After all, the story Lolita wasn't about that sort of thing at all either. It was simply about a man trying to relive the memory of someone he lost in his youth I get angry when people associate that story with him being a pedophile to. I feel like their missing the bigger picture.
#52 to #51 - bestfoxgirl (08/20/2014) [-]
Well, grown men fawning over underage girls is a totally disgusting, inhumane act which doesn't really have anything to do with liking 'loli', right? Cause, you know, in many 'loli' cases the girls are actually adult, or sometimes even ancient (when it comes to mythical creatures, etc. Picture related to that btw) only looking young (or 'petite' as some people call it). Grown men harassing your students? Was it back in Russia or in US? I know that US has a big problem with that one, I mean, you know about US and the crime rate. They're all ****** up degenerates who don't understand the concept of morality (I've had some unpleasant experiences with them, not only their manners are pitiful, they're also very noisy and rude).

Actually, the age of consent in Japan was a mystery to me. 13 seems like too little for me, and intercourse at 18 is a bit... unrealistic in nowadays societies. Of course I know that Japanese are far more moral when it comes to relationships and don't start their sexual lives at 15 like most western kids (I'd love it if more societies took example from Japanese, the 'Sleeping in one house? But we're only in highschool!' lines are just too cute. Totally not like the moral failure of the US and a good deal of Europe), but I can't help but notice the great dissonance between 13 and 18 when the... interactions could be perceived in various ways.

Also, doesn't getting married automatically mean you are treated as an adult? I know legal systems like that, where normally you have to be 18 to do something, but when you get married, you are treated as if you were 18.
#53 to #52 - bizengaust (08/20/2014) [-]
Like I said the consent rules are very strange and there is a lot of fine print and it always throws me off, especially since your considered a legal adult at 20 which is when you have your coming of age day which takes place on the second Monday of January after you turn . They say it's helped crack down on a lot of sex crime in that age group but I don't know the gritty details of it.
The harassing of the students happened about two years after I came to Japan and it was the first time I was offered to tutor Junior high. We had just finished up and let them go when another student ran over to me and told me there was a creepy guy in the school yard. When I got out there he was trying to give them money to lift up their skirts for him these girls were only 14 mind you . I was so horrified that all I could think to do was run over and hit the guy with my bag over and over while someone called the police. It wasn't long after this that I learned that there were establishments in the cities where you can go and see school girls and do lewd acts with them their ages range from 13 to god knows where and it's all perfectly legal.
This is why I always tell my students to go home in either pairs or groups and to carry something that they can defend themselves with if they have to. Even if it is acceptable in establishments I simply cannot stomach the concept of someone asking that of a child legal or not.
#54 to #53 - bestfoxgirl (08/22/2014) [-]
Oh, I guess it is kinda strange. I don't know how it 'helped', since that course of actions always work just to cover up the problem with inaccurate statistic than avert the social issues themselves.

So it was in Japan? I didn't know such things happen there, I mean, Japan society seemed far too... moral to do such things.

Yeah, asking a child to do that is more than disgusting... and I hope they still treat it as harassment if someone asks for that outside these 'legal establishments', otherwise there would be no way of defending against such... creatures (sorry but I won't call them humans)
#55 to #54 - bizengaust (08/22/2014) [-]
Japan is very moral but they are also very traditional which I don't think is horrible considering I come from a culture where men are gentleman and woman are ladies but in Japan they take it as an excuse to treat woman as second class. Things have gotten better though and they crack down on sexual harassment more then they used to in the past. People actually get jail time whereas in the past they would have to simply pay a heavy fine and they've created woman only train/subway cars to avoid the groping problem. In my eyes it's one thing if someone comes up to me and slaps my ass I'll just turn around and slap the **** out of them but to do that to a child is just disgusting. It's like....whats wrong with you? Do you have no sister or mother? How would you feel if someone treated them like that?
User avatar #48 - applecopy (08/08/2014) [-]
omg a japanese
#49 to #48 - bizengaust (08/09/2014) [-]
No, a Russian
No, a Russian
#46 - mrsnowballs (08/07/2014) [-]
I very much enjoyed your latest comp. Well done.
User avatar #42 - bestfoxgirl (08/03/2014) [-]
Read about your corgi. I'm sorry for your loss.
#43 to #42 - bizengaust (08/03/2014) [-]
Thanks....we put him down today. He was just in too much pain and there wasn't anything we could have done. I guess I have to take stock in the fact I gave him a good life.
Thanks....we put him down today. He was just in too much pain and there wasn't anything we could have done. I guess I have to take stock in the fact I gave him a good life.
#44 to #43 - bestfoxgirl (08/03/2014) [-]
It's just good that he didn't suffer. You know, there was nothing that could be done, so there's no blame on anyone.   
   
That's why I wouldn't bear to have a pet. Other than the fact that I'm not responsible enough.
It's just good that he didn't suffer. You know, there was nothing that could be done, so there's no blame on anyone.

That's why I wouldn't bear to have a pet. Other than the fact that I'm not responsible enough.
#45 to #44 - bizengaust (08/04/2014) [-]
Funny enough I used to think the same. Before I got him (his name was Oskar) I was a pretty selfish person and I cared only about myself. But I found him one day at shelter where he was a runt and my father convinced me to get him to teach me to be responsible. It was really 						******					 at first and I hated how much work he was, but over time I grew to love him and when I came to Japan he was my rock when I got nervous or scared. Looking back I am glad for the time I had with him and I wouldn't have changed it for anything.  I'm a firm believer of everything happening for a reason
Funny enough I used to think the same. Before I got him (his name was Oskar) I was a pretty selfish person and I cared only about myself. But I found him one day at shelter where he was a runt and my father convinced me to get him to teach me to be responsible. It was really ****** at first and I hated how much work he was, but over time I grew to love him and when I came to Japan he was my rock when I got nervous or scared. Looking back I am glad for the time I had with him and I wouldn't have changed it for anything. I'm a firm believer of everything happening for a reason
#38 - mrsnowballs (07/30/2014) [-]
This is what you've killed
This is what you've killed
#39 to #38 - bizengaust (07/30/2014) [-]
I can't help that I have a bat phobia.......I'm sorry bat-chan.....i'm sure I just stunned you T________T
I can't help that I have a bat phobia.......I'm sorry bat-chan.....i'm sure I just stunned you T________T
#40 to #39 - mrsnowballs (07/30/2014) [-]
Yeah I'm sure the bat feels sorry too
#33 - satrenkotheone ONLINE (07/24/2014) [-]
I'm here because I love your comps.

And to say hi.

#34 to #33 - bizengaust (07/25/2014) [-]
I appreciate your praise ^___^
#35 to #34 - satrenkotheone ONLINE (07/25/2014) [-]
So how do I become the Japanesiest?
#36 to #35 - bizengaust (07/28/2014) [-]
Just be polite and very kawaii
Just be polite and very kawaii
#41 to #36 - satrenkotheone ONLINE (07/31/2014) [-]
I am back again.
User avatar #29 - freaxxshow (07/22/2014) [-]
Really love your comps, randompersonontheinternet

Just wanted to say that. Yea.

Based on your comps I'd be pretty much ****** in japan because they seem to be the ******* opposite of germany.
#30 to #29 - bizengaust (07/22/2014) [-]
Yes they are very different. You're from Germany? I spent a summer going around there when I was out of college. I went around Munich and Berlin. It was very lovely  also I love you're beer halls
Yes they are very different. You're from Germany? I spent a summer going around there when I was out of college. I went around Munich and Berlin. It was very lovely also I love you're beer halls
User avatar #31 to #30 - freaxxshow (07/22/2014) [-]
My family is from denmark, although I can't speak a single word danish and was there only once last year, but yea, I'm from germany, bavaria to be exact (If anyone tells you anything about beer and he isn't born in bavaria, chances are he's lying)
User avatar #32 to #31 - freaxxshow (07/22/2014) [-]
You shouldve gone to cologne, THAT is a great city. In my opinion anyways.
User avatar #28 - xombiemike (07/19/2014) [-]
I think your life might be my wife's dream.
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