Gar wrote:Has anyone tried to live in a Japanese city like Osaka or Tokyo? I know life there can be expensive but if I sign a year contract I would like to know that I would have enough money to send home for my student loans.
I'm living in a moderate sized city (Yokosuka). The only thing that seems to vary with location is the rent, and maybe the prices for utilities. Needless to say, I have 4 air conditioners and an electric dryer, and using the dryer about 3-4 times a week, and running about 1.5 AC's (average) around the clock (yeah, I'm a typical American electricity hog), my Electric bill was about 300ish? Something like that. It wasn't too cheap, but it was about the same as I saw in Hawaii.
Then again this was the summer months.
-Also, they like to use gas appliances, my gas bill seems to hover around 50ish dollars a month.
-I don't think I've gotten a water bill yet, although I moved in three months ago... I better check into that. All the damn bills I get are loaded with Kanji. I mean loaded.
-My cable bill is expensive too, but I went all out and got the super deluxe package... the internet here is super fast! Sometimes I can get 1MB/sec download rates from normal cable internet.
My work pays me a stipend for some of my living costs, so it makes things easier, but if you are trying to be frugal, you could easily cut down on alot of your costs.
Oh! Food. Food is more expensive, but it depends on what it is. Eating out is probably slightly cheaper here because they have a larger market for it, in my opinion. Its kind of hard to explain, but there are more 'bargain' priced eateries here, and more people eat out, so I would say the food quality is much higher. In Japan, if you want to go out and get a meal for 10-12 bucks, you can do so, and get a pretty tasty meal. In America, you have to go to Denny's, and then it usually sucks. Either that, or resort to fast food, which is unhealthy. With that being said, the serving sizes are still smaller than in America, but that's one of the reasons why America is so fat.
Certain foods are more expensive, milk being one of the best examples. Other foods are cheaper, or so my wife tells me. I can't think of any examples off the top of my head.
Anyways, this probably isn't too helpful, I just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents cuz no one else did.