Where’s the Best Place to Live in Japan? City vs. Countryside


Japanese city life and country life are a world apart. In this video I discuss my experiences of both lifestyles and weigh up the pros and cons.
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  1. If I move to Japan and I'm serious about learning Japanese does it matter where I move? Are there schools for English speakers trying to learn Japanese in the countryside? Or to get a classroom experience do I have to be in a big city.

  2. I lived 2 years in the countryside in Akita prefecture near 秋田市. While close to the urban life, I've spent more of my time wandering around in the countryside (forest, temple, rice field).
    Your video describe well the feelings I had during my time in Akita and especially 鳥海山 but I'm used to it's northern side.
    Good moments I miss now in France.

  3. Tokyo to Modesto California to Chigasaki, Kanagawa to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada to Toronto Canada. I agree once you know the taste of adventure, it must go on. Otherwise, you will get the nudges and feel restless just staying for the sake of staying. And, the best is yet to come, right?! Thanks for the quality video series. I really enjoy watching them!!

  4. Great news! There is a tradition in Yonezawa city, Yamagata Prefecture. Civilians annually celebrate Yonezawa beef which is a kind of Kobe beef’s brother by holding the Yonezawa Beef Festival in August :). You can enjoy awesome beef at a cheap cost through sukiyaki style along with the beautiful river.

  5. Konnichiwa! I'm Japanese and really enjoyed your video.
    For me, I would love to live in a house surrounded by the beautiful nature of the countryside, but I would never dare to do so because that's a kind of place where Japanese people can get racist to Japanese people as outsiders! People would suspiciously and persistently watch any newcomers and wouldn't let them do what locals do, a very typical "mura shakai" social structure. I hear many stories about people who move to the countryside in search of a dream life and have to move out shortly in order to escape from the awful realities. Travelling there may be nice, but living there is another story.
    I wonder if people from outside Japan experience the country life differently. Or maybe it's your personality that broke the ice with close-minded locals. In any case, you are very lucky to have had a good time in Yamagata!
    Cheers! I'm from Okayama.


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