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Hey EmmaMcG: Pick a country

If you could live in another counrty which would it be and why?

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Reply #1 posted 09/07/21 11:44am

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Japan. I went there on my honeymoon and I've been dying to go back ever since. Covid has really messed up those plans but I plan on going back as soon as possible. And we've actually talked about moving there for good so it's funny that you would start this thread. The people over there are super friendly. I don't speak a word of Japanese but everyone I spoke to were really patient with me and applauded my attempts. Where we spent most of our time apparently has a reputation for being a bit rough. It had a very strong Yakuza presence up until fairly recently but I never experienced any issues whatsoever. Compared to where I grew up in Dublin it was like heaven.

I made some good friends over there who I still keep in touch with too so at least I'd have people there that I'd already know.



How about you? Where would you go?
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Reply #2 posted 09/07/21 1:31pm

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EmmaMcG said:

Japan. I went there on my honeymoon and I've been dying to go back ever since. Covid has really messed up those plans but I plan on going back as soon as possible. And we've actually talked about moving there for good so it's funny that you would start this thread. The people over there are super friendly. I don't speak a word of Japanese but everyone I spoke to were really patient with me and applauded my attempts. Where we spent most of our time apparently has a reputation for being a bit rough. It had a very strong Yakuza presence up until fairly recently but I never experienced any issues whatsoever. Compared to where I grew up in Dublin it was like heaven. I made some good friends over there who I still keep in touch with too so at least I'd have people there that I'd already know. How about you? Where would you go?

I had similar dreams when I was younger, and a deep fascination with Japan and its culture and history. I´ve worked with many Japanese people over the years, and I think I could learn Japanese rather quickly but the older I get , the more I start questioning whether I would really like to live there long term due to the inherently and unapologetically racist culture there that one only gets to know with time and a deeper knowledge of the culture and the people. I also have a problem with the way they treat certain animals , for example dolphins, but then again, I think one could find flaws in every culture if you really look for it.

This being said, I still want to go there and maybe even live there for a while. I´ve had nothing but positive experiences with Japanese people so far and I admire many things about them.

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Reply #3 posted 09/07/21 1:32pm

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Are other orgers excluded from this thread?

Just asking. lol

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Reply #4 posted 09/07/21 3:24pm

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KoolEaze said:



EmmaMcG said:


Japan. I went there on my honeymoon and I've been dying to go back ever since. Covid has really messed up those plans but I plan on going back as soon as possible. And we've actually talked about moving there for good so it's funny that you would start this thread. The people over there are super friendly. I don't speak a word of Japanese but everyone I spoke to were really patient with me and applauded my attempts. Where we spent most of our time apparently has a reputation for being a bit rough. It had a very strong Yakuza presence up until fairly recently but I never experienced any issues whatsoever. Compared to where I grew up in Dublin it was like heaven. I made some good friends over there who I still keep in touch with too so at least I'd have people there that I'd already know. How about you? Where would you go?

I had similar dreams when I was younger, and a deep fascination with Japan and its culture and history. I´ve worked with many Japanese people over the years, and I think I could learn Japanese rather quickly but the older I get , the more I start questioning whether I would really like to live there long term due to the inherently and unapologetically racist culture there that one only gets to know with time and a deeper knowledge of the culture and the people. I also have a problem with the way they treat certain animals , for example dolphins, but then again, I think one could find flaws in every culture if you really look for it.


This being said, I still want to go there and maybe even live there for a while. I´ve had nothing but positive experiences with Japanese people so far and I admire many things about them.


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I never encountered any racism or anything like that. Then again, I only really got to know people my own age (mid - late 20s, at the time) so perhaps that's a generational thing? What really struck me was how friendly people were. One night I dragged my husband to a karaoke bar (which wasn't really a bar, it looked more like a cinema or something) and we shared a room with a few total strangers. Among them was a couple of girls who were out celebrating one of their birthdays. I duetted with one of them on a few songs. Even gave a Japanese song a try because why not? I was a little bit drunk at the time so it seemed like a good idea. Afterwards, they brought my husband and I to a few bars and we all had dinner together back at our hotel. We never met those girls before that night and we never saw them again after. And yet it was one of the best nights out I've ever had.

Also, the Robot Café was amazing. If you ever go to Tokyo look out for that place. Or the VR arcade where the guy who worked there was terrified of my husband, LOL.


The only negative aspect of my time there was the heat. Being from Ireland, I'm not accustomed to hot weather. And the nights in Tokyo were stifling. But I'd probably get used to that. And I actually am seriously considering moving there at some point. I have another baby on the way this November so I'm thinking that by the time he's about 3 or 4 years old we'll all move to Tokyo for good. Maybe...
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Reply #5 posted 09/07/21 3:25pm

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KoolEaze said:

Are other orgers excluded from this thread?


Just asking. lol



Where would you like to go? Ireland is lovely at this time of year*




* That's a lie. This place is a fucking dump lol
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Reply #6 posted 09/08/21 10:57am

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EmmaMcG said:

KoolEaze said:

Are other orgers excluded from this thread?

Just asking. lol

Where would you like to go? Ireland is lovely at this time of year* * That's a lie. This place is a fucking dump lol

I´d love to see Hawaii but I am afraid that leaving Hawaii after a long vacation will only make me feel depressed. lol

And I am aware that the true Hawaiians don´t really want people to live there permanently, and I fully understand that.

I think a place by the sea is important to me, especially if the weather is nice and sunny most of the year. I´m much closer to who I really am when I ´m at the beach and near the sea, and have the chance to swim and hear the waves crashing every day. I miss that.

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Reply #7 posted 09/08/21 11:20am

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EmmaMcG said:

Japan. I went there on my honeymoon and I've been dying to go back ever since. Covid has really messed up those plans but I plan on going back as soon as possible. And we've actually talked about moving there for good so it's funny that you would start this thread. The people over there are super friendly. I don't speak a word of Japanese but everyone I spoke to were really patient with me and applauded my attempts. Where we spent most of our time apparently has a reputation for being a bit rough. It had a very strong Yakuza presence up until fairly recently but I never experienced any issues whatsoever. Compared to where I grew up in Dublin it was like heaven. I made some good friends over there who I still keep in touch with too so at least I'd have people there that I'd already know. How about you? Where would you go?

Wow your answer is kind of like mine. For my honeymoon we went to Seattle and both my wife and I said we wouldn't mind moving to Washington/Oregon area. But since this thread is about living in another country I would say Canada. I've been there before and thought it was beautiful as well. So it would be Canada like the Vancouver area. I lived in Japan for a year. I went first grade while I was there. I enjoyed it and yes the people there are very friendly. Japan is a place that I would visit very often.

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Reply #8 posted 09/08/21 11:24am

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EmmaMcG said:

KoolEaze said:

Are other orgers excluded from this thread?

Just asking. lol

Where would you like to go? Ireland is lovely at this time of year* * That's a lie. This place is a fucking dump lol

What???????????? Ireland is not green and beautiful??? Next thing you'll be telling me there are hardly any red heads in Ireland. Oh wait we talked about that already.............Dam you Conan O'brien!!!!!!!! By the way is Conan a common name in Ireland????

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Reply #9 posted 09/08/21 11:29am

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KoolEaze said:

EmmaMcG said:

KoolEaze said: Where would you like to go? Ireland is lovely at this time of year* * That's a lie. This place is a fucking dump lol

I´d love to see Hawaii but I am afraid that leaving Hawaii after a long vacation will only make me feel depressed. lol

And I am aware that the true Hawaiians don´t really want people to live there permanently, and I fully understand that.

I think a place by the sea is important to me, especially if the weather is nice and sunny most of the year. I´m much closer to who I really am when I ´m at the beach and near the sea, and have the chance to swim and hear the waves crashing every day. I miss that.

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I'm from Hawaii

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Reply #10 posted 09/08/21 11:31am

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kpowers said:

EmmaMcG said:

Japan. I went there on my honeymoon and I've been dying to go back ever since. Covid has really messed up those plans but I plan on going back as soon as possible. And we've actually talked about moving there for good so it's funny that you would start this thread. The people over there are super friendly. I don't speak a word of Japanese but everyone I spoke to were really patient with me and applauded my attempts. Where we spent most of our time apparently has a reputation for being a bit rough. It had a very strong Yakuza presence up until fairly recently but I never experienced any issues whatsoever. Compared to where I grew up in Dublin it was like heaven. I made some good friends over there who I still keep in touch with too so at least I'd have people there that I'd already know. How about you? Where would you go?

Wow your answer is kind of like mine. For my honeymoon we went to Seattle and both my wife and I said we wouldn't mind moving to Washington/Oregon area. But since this thread is about living in another country I would say Canada. I've been there before and thought it was beautiful as well. So it would be Canada like the Vancouver area. I lived in Japan for a year. I went first grade while I was there. I enjoyed it and yes the people there are very friendly. Japan is a place that I would visit very often.

Excuse my ignorance but how on earth could someone living in Hawaii, a dream destination for many, dream of living in Canada or rainy Washington?

No disrespect to Canada or Washington State but I´m really curious.

You do live in Hawaii, don´t you?

I know things can be a bit expensive there and it is a very remote place but still.....it´s Hawaii . lol

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Reply #11 posted 09/08/21 11:32am

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kpowers said:

KoolEaze said:

I´d love to see Hawaii but I am afraid that leaving Hawaii after a long vacation will only make me feel depressed. lol

And I am aware that the true Hawaiians don´t really want people to live there permanently, and I fully understand that.

I think a place by the sea is important to me, especially if the weather is nice and sunny most of the year. I´m much closer to who I really am when I ´m at the beach and near the sea, and have the chance to swim and hear the waves crashing every day. I miss that.

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I'm from Hawaii

I know.

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Reply #12 posted 09/08/21 11:39am

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kpowers said:



EmmaMcG said:


Japan. I went there on my honeymoon and I've been dying to go back ever since. Covid has really messed up those plans but I plan on going back as soon as possible. And we've actually talked about moving there for good so it's funny that you would start this thread. The people over there are super friendly. I don't speak a word of Japanese but everyone I spoke to were really patient with me and applauded my attempts. Where we spent most of our time apparently has a reputation for being a bit rough. It had a very strong Yakuza presence up until fairly recently but I never experienced any issues whatsoever. Compared to where I grew up in Dublin it was like heaven. I made some good friends over there who I still keep in touch with too so at least I'd have people there that I'd already know. How about you? Where would you go?

Wow your answer is kind of like mine. For my honeymoon we went to Seattle and both my wife and I said we wouldn't mind moving to Washington/Oregon area. But since this thread is about living in another country I would say Canada. I've been there before and thought it was beautiful as well. So it would be Canada like the Vancouver area. I lived in Japan for a year. I went first grade while I was there. I enjoyed it and yes the people there are very friendly. Japan is a place that I would visit very often.




Whereabouts in Japan did you live? As much as I loved my time in Kabukicho, I probably wouldn't want to live there due to the amount of tourists. I'd probably rather somewhere a bit quieter.
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Reply #13 posted 09/08/21 11:39am

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KoolEaze said:

kpowers said:

Wow your answer is kind of like mine. For my honeymoon we went to Seattle and both my wife and I said we wouldn't mind moving to Washington/Oregon area. But since this thread is about living in another country I would say Canada. I've been there before and thought it was beautiful as well. So it would be Canada like the Vancouver area. I lived in Japan for a year. I went first grade while I was there. I enjoyed it and yes the people there are very friendly. Japan is a place that I would visit very often.

Excuse my ignorance but how on earth could someone living in Hawaii, a dream destination for many, dream of living in Canada or rainy Washington?

No disrespect to Canada or Washington State but I´m really curious.

You do live in Hawaii, don´t you?

I know things can be a bit expensive there and it is a very remote place but still.....it´s Hawaii . lol

I guess it's "the grass is greenier on the other side". Yes it's beautiful and the nice sunny tropical weather but when you live there almost your whole life on a tiny island it's nice to see other things. I like the rain though would have to get use to the snow for sure.

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Reply #14 posted 09/08/21 11:42am

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kpowers said:



EmmaMcG said:


KoolEaze said:

Are other orgers excluded from this thread?


Just asking. lol



Where would you like to go? Ireland is lovely at this time of year* * That's a lie. This place is a fucking dump lol

What????? Ireland is not green and beautiful??? Next thing you'll be telling me there are hardly any red heads in Ireland. Oh wait we talked about that already.....Dam you Conan O'brien!!!!! By the way is Conan a common name in Ireland????



There are some nice, green areas here. Not so much in Dublin, but definitely in the west of the country.

I've never, in my entire life, EVER met anyone called Conan. It is supposedly an Irish name but it would be extremely rare that you'd meet someone called Conan. Again, maybe in the west where they live permanently 70 years in the past. But certainly not in Dublin.
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Reply #15 posted 09/08/21 11:48am

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EmmaMcG said:

kpowers said:

Wow your answer is kind of like mine. For my honeymoon we went to Seattle and both my wife and I said we wouldn't mind moving to Washington/Oregon area. But since this thread is about living in another country I would say Canada. I've been there before and thought it was beautiful as well. So it would be Canada like the Vancouver area. I lived in Japan for a year. I went first grade while I was there. I enjoyed it and yes the people there are very friendly. Japan is a place that I would visit very often.

Whereabouts in Japan did you live? As much as I loved my time in Kabukicho, I probably wouldn't want to live there due to the amount of tourists. I'd probably rather somewhere a bit quieter.

Yokosuka, I'm sure it has changed over the years since last I've been there. Seeing mount Fuji was an awesome site to see. Also you should consider avoiding the areas effected the Fukashima incident.

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Reply #16 posted 09/08/21 12:12pm

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EmmaMcG said:

kpowers said:

What???????????? Ireland is not green and beautiful??? Next thing you'll be telling me there are hardly any red heads in Ireland. Oh wait we talked about that already.............Dam you Conan O'brien!!!!!!!! By the way is Conan a common name in Ireland????

There are some nice, green areas here. Not so much in Dublin, but definitely in the west of the country. I've never, in my entire life, EVER met anyone called Conan. It is supposedly an Irish name but it would be extremely rare that you'd meet someone called Conan. Again, maybe in the west where they live permanently 70 years in the past. But certainly not in Dublin.

That's what I thought, a name from a hundred years ago which is starting to fade away, kinda like names such as Herman, Betty, Lois or Harold.

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Reply #17 posted 09/08/21 1:03pm

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kpowers said:



EmmaMcG said:


kpowers said:


What????? Ireland is not green and beautiful??? Next thing you'll be telling me there are hardly any red heads in Ireland. Oh wait we talked about that already.....Dam you Conan O'brien!!!!! By the way is Conan a common name in Ireland????



There are some nice, green areas here. Not so much in Dublin, but definitely in the west of the country. I've never, in my entire life, EVER met anyone called Conan. It is supposedly an Irish name but it would be extremely rare that you'd meet someone called Conan. Again, maybe in the west where they live permanently 70 years in the past. But certainly not in Dublin.

That's what I thought, a name from a hundred years ago which is starting to fade away, kinda like names such as Herman, Betty, Lois or Harold.



Maybe I'll name the baby Conan razz

Actually, on second thought, he'd be Conan Doyle. Kind of sounds too similar to the guy who wrote Sherlock Holmes.
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Reply #18 posted 09/08/21 1:07pm

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kpowers said:



EmmaMcG said:


kpowers said:


Wow your answer is kind of like mine. For my honeymoon we went to Seattle and both my wife and I said we wouldn't mind moving to Washington/Oregon area. But since this thread is about living in another country I would say Canada. I've been there before and thought it was beautiful as well. So it would be Canada like the Vancouver area. I lived in Japan for a year. I went first grade while I was there. I enjoyed it and yes the people there are very friendly. Japan is a place that I would visit very often.



Whereabouts in Japan did you live? As much as I loved my time in Kabukicho, I probably wouldn't want to live there due to the amount of tourists. I'd probably rather somewhere a bit quieter.

Yokosuka, I'm sure it has changed over the years since last I've been there. Seeing mount Fuji was an awesome site to see. Also you should consider avoiding the areas effected the Fukashima incident.


800px-Yokosuka_Japan_and_Mt._Fuji_%28%E6%A8%AA%E9%A0%88%E8%B3%80%E3%81%A8%E5%AF%8C%E5%A3%AB%E5%B1%B1%E3%81%AE%E6%99%AF%29.jpg

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Japan gets a lot of natural disasters too. When we were there I couldn't help but notice that they have signs up everywhere advising what to do in case of emergency floods or earthquakes. It would definitely take some getting used to.
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Reply #19 posted 09/08/21 7:41pm

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EmmaMcG said:

kpowers said:

That's what I thought, a name from a hundred years ago which is starting to fade away, kinda like names such as Herman, Betty, Lois or Harold.

Maybe I'll name the baby Conan razz Actually, on second thought, he'd be Conan Doyle. Kind of sounds too similar to the guy who wrote Sherlock Holmes.

lol

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Reply #20 posted 09/08/21 7:43pm

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EmmaMcG said:

kpowers said:

Yokosuka, I'm sure it has changed over the years since last I've been there. Seeing mount Fuji was an awesome site to see. Also you should consider avoiding the areas effected the Fukashima incident.

800px-Yokosuka_Japan_and_Mt._Fuji_%28%E6%A8%AA%E9%A0%88%E8%B3%80%E3%81%A8%E5%AF%8C%E5%A3%AB%E5%B1%B1%E3%81%AE%E6%99%AF%29.jpg

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Japan gets a lot of natural disasters too. When we were there I couldn't help but notice that they have signs up everywhere advising what to do in case of emergency floods or earthquakes. It would definitely take some getting used to.

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Plus they have a giant monster problem

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