I 10000000% agree, and it's why she's brought me out of lurkdom. I actually did change from a working holiday visa to a working visa without a degree, but it was bloody hard and I had to prove - over six letters requesting different forms of info/evidence and almost four months - that I was a highly skilled worker (age and my career before moving was paramount). I then completed my degree via correspondence as I only had two credits to go (my father passed away /tmi, but I know people will be like WTF girl you should have just done it) and holy cow the reapplication was a breeze. I feel you put my feelings into words with "patience isn't one of her virtues" - that's exactly it. The copying, the lying - it's all laziness. Get rich (lol) quick schemes for life. I honestly hope the best for her, despite her bullshizz, but it's just...worrying, tbh. She really needs a wake up call, and it seems the more us "haters" try to do so, the more she regresses.
Sadly, unless she gets N3+ she will only be working at an English school, N2 may get you a travel agent job but N1 is pretty much the level. That's the only option for people like her. She's not highly skilled, and I fear she won't commit to the language to even be able to model or go on TV as token gaijin of the year. I work for my home country's company so I'm lucky - but before that? English teacher. My partner is a translator who worked for Disney and now a game company (N1). Before that? English teacher for seven years. It's tough, and dudes who marry Japanese women end up stuck in these schools, angry and unfulfilled; women who marry Japanese men are expected not to work. It's a mess, but unless she really applies herself, these are her options.
This "you're just jealous" deal is really old. If you manage to get through the bullshizz thrown at you daily, and stay on long term/make this your home, it becomes less anime/manga/wowowoowOOWWOowwowow kawaii and more "where can I get that food I love from my home country" "where can I meet people who don't want me for my language skills and/or drinking parties" "lemme pay my bills" "wow this is infuriating that ATMs have vacations" etc etc. This country is great, I live here and CHOOSE to live here. But I have bad "omfg Japan ffs" days (literally having one now) because its not the same culture I'm used to, but I have to accept it and work with it or go back to my home country. It's hard. There are literally foreign therapists who specialise in helping you deal with this stuff. Once she's out of her student bubble, she'll thrive or die. There's no in between, sadly.
Breaking my lurkdom again because again, nothing adds up with her. If she has her own apartment (and this quicky; not that we know the time line because she's being oddly cagey), she's definitely gone through a guarantor company for foreigners - basically they call potential apartments (a lot of "do you accept foreigners? No? Okay, bye" and "Yes you do? Yes, they're a student. Okay, bye" as students are not seen as good tenants, nor are some nationalities or companies that people may work for). This is mucho money and a LOT of stress, so it may be why she seems exhausted, with school as well. The thing is, why not cop to all this? Tell people how stressful it is to get an apartment in Japan. Our latest apartment cost us a million yen to move ($10,000USDish) but there is reasons behind that. My one bedroom cost me at least $5000USD I believe. This is the content people want to see, especially as its incredibly hard to get a non-furnished apartment of your own without a Japanese spouse.
Yeah, I'm the same. If I'm pushed, just say "this many in Tokyo, this many in Osaka...maybe" and laugh it off. I've lived here on and off for seven years, as my company moved me home for a while, then I got hitched and they let me work from home now. I definitely don't count my time away or my vacations before I officially moved though, how odd???
Long time lurker but this binch is not adding up at all anymore To study in Japan and get a student visa, you need to prove you have $20,000 give or take so you don't become a burden of the country, or a sponsor who is willing to take on your debt. She also can't work at Disneyland in Tokyo as they only take foreigners if you can speak business Japanese/have a high level of fluency (my partner worked for them until we moved) unless you're a face character and then you have a set contract that won't be renewed. Also did I misread but she hinted she's filmed/seen the Kingdom Hearts room at the Ambassador Hotel? It doesn't actually open until late March... http://www.disneyhotels.jp/special/dah/kingdomhearts/ What a confusing person. Why lie about such small things? If you have a trust fund, just don't acknowledge it or acknowledge you're lucky. Idk, be honest or just ignore the comments about it. It's like a weird flex without actually flexing.
Yeah, their CEO is a mess and their retail/work culture is awful. Here's a smattering (its from 2013 but friends who work for the company still say the environment is toxic): https://www.fastcompany.com/3021367/a-shocking-retrospective-of-the-lululemon-founders-many-offensive-comments Taylor did work hard on herself, it's been great to see! There was a spell of time it seemed like she had some body dysmorphia, which was worrying, but she seems to be in such a better place now. I do pop her on in the background when I'm doing chores/at work (I work from home like she does). And it's okay to like someone for liking someone! A lot of jvloggers don't show Japan as I know it, if that makes sense? But your comment has me wanting to sit down and give Osharegirl another go! I like LoveLyzKelly's recent series; that's my life as I know it. Idk if she's problematic though, y'all will have to inform me!
It can be a crapshoot for sure, but fam/friends who don't live here love them so we usually split them, cost and items. It's also hell on earth to go buy them, so I tend to stick to the ones I can pre-order these days thus stay inside my house #oldwomanyellsatcloud lol Yeah, her style isn't my style, but most Jvloggers seem to be either super JFashion or North Face wearing Lululemon fukubukuro buying basic people (again, that company has issues, so I was suprised to see Taylor supporting them but...she did buy a breeder dog so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ who knows with her. Maybe she's just finding her way, idk. She still irks me after her Plus Size Fukubukuro video from last year). And I totally agree, I'm over white girls in Japan and I am one LMAO.
I got quite a few, it's kind of a hobby for me/friends and family share them with me - only two really let me down (one being the most expensive ofc), one was meh and two were out of this world (like over ¥100,000 in value). I felt like even the businesses were meh about the whole thing this year, too.
Mine don't say on the tag what they are, but they give you an idea on the website/shop - "9 items and two accessories" etc, but not "two dresses, four pants, one shirt" etc as it's mostly free stock so shit from the backroom and a mix - eg I knew one brand would either have a coat or a dress as the "big" item plus a mix of other crap after seeing the layouts on New Year's Day on Twitter; I got the dress so I went on Twitter after and swapped with others who got the same brand (but I speak enough Japanese to do so, I guess). I tend to get a mix of you-know-what-you're-getting bags and blind bags (just for fun). I know to avoid Village Vanguard after being burned two years in a row, what a bunch of crap! Osharegirl's videos were a mess. I don't get her, but I don't think I'm her target market.
Yeah, exactly what you said. Our cat is a street urchin (from when we lived in Tokyo, she just wouldn't leave us be so we took her and got her checked out and now she's my annoying alarm clock), but we recently went to see if we could adopt a dog as we moved to a bigger place and they seemed to have no issue with us, but co-workers have said they have had issues, so like everything in Japan regarding foreigners it seems so arbitrary/however the wind is blowing that day. I didn't know Taylor was a vegan Makes the whole thing even more...blech.
Dogs from those stores cost thousands of dollars, not hundreds having a pet in Japan is expensive because of the above mentioned puppy mills and they're an accessory. I still remember the three million yen cat I saw in Roppongi and it was the most depressed thing I'd ever seen There's a pet store near me that sells fennix foxes and monkeys, the rules here for pet stores are disgusting. And that store is a huge pet store, by most standards, unlike others (the 24 hour pet store aimed at hostesses coming home and they are in tiny boxes comes to mind). Bleh. We have a cat and have fly screens for our windows. She's fine (and enjoys chillin' and smellin' the smells from the neighbourhood).
Australians can renew their Working Holiday visa twice (entry of six months, then twice at immigration for a total of 18 months), but it's up to the discretion of immigration, natch. I think I got almost two years out of mine just with processing times and stuff. She seems to be happy back home! I always liked her videos, her accent is lovely.
Guys, don't dog pile, please - it's just my experience and hopefully adding to the convo. We all live here, it's living breathing culture. Shimane isn't Tokyo isn't Osaka isn't Sapporo, I learned that super quickly. Doesn't invalidate your experience, nor should you invalidate mine! Kansai might be different, who knows? Kylie Jenner's look is huge here, hence the reference to "thot" image.
I suspect we're all "right" and that's cool too. We're here to talk shit on jvloggers, not tell each other we're wrong for the lives we're living/what our eyes are seeing. Tokyo def was more modest when I lived there, I agree! <3