Japanese subsidised dating
Many of the the folks I know personally have stylish clothes and cool haircuts, but live in crushing poverty.
In Tokyo, there’s nothing unusual about recycling your bath water for the laundry or turning off the heat at night. Foreigners think it’s amusing that the toilet seats are heated, but if you had to use the bathroom at two a.m. That’s how you’ll feel when you come home to your apartment with one and a half actual rooms and run the heat or A/C as necessary. Surely the Japanese social services will bail you out when the time comes. I’ve made this level of coin briefly, but frankly it wasn’t worth the effort required.
Japanese folks frequently live on less, partly because they understand how to buy discount train tickets, can spot sales in the newspaper, and have friends and family to grudgingly help with things like moving and getting set up in life.
But unless you come to Japan as half of an already-established couple, you’ll have to buy your own refrigerator, washing machine, lamps, pots and pans, everything. Might be a good time to get a part-time job at Family Mart.
Go to bed when the sun goes down and get up when it rises. It’s just like Walden Pond, only surrounded by miles of concrete.
Then they move into cramped, alternately freezing and broiling apartments and suffer for years, saving money.
You might even partake of the one thing all Japanese people dream of—a trip out of Japan.
For long-term ex-pat life in Japan (and especially Tokyo), this is the minimum acceptable living wage.
This may or may not be a good thing, but hey, you’re the one who wanted to leave Walden Pond. He spoke not a word of Japanese and raved about what a great country it was.
You can afford a small, boxy used car, cable internet, and a TV, all of which should improve your dating life. Or the young Saudia Arabian guy I spent the evening with, also in Roppongi.
If you save up for a fan and buckets of ice, you can remain alive. If you have anything close to allergies you will be constantly blessed through sneezing. If you search hard and have connections, you can probably find a decent apartment (it helps if you look “Asian”).