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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of American School in Japan N/K in Tokyo, Japan
Review-of-American School in Japan N/K
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
My child's classroom had everything needed for a kindergarden: tables & chairs, classroom play area, storytime area, and its own toilet and sink area. The school has its own library and an amazing outdoor playground. The kids went on several field trips--to potato dig, to a neighborhood restuarant, to name two. (Continue)
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The American school in japan NK has not existed for over a decade son please disregard this review.
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Expat Report Review of KAIS International School in Tokyo, Japan was published
Review-of-KAIS International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
KAIS is very small, but they have made great use of their space. They have an art studio, a yoga studio, a fantastic library, a darkroom, a digital music studio, and an organic garden.

While KAIS doesn't have huge sports teams, they do have a number of competitive team sports (basketball, soccer, running I think are the main ones), a robotics team, art club, reading club, chess team, cooking club, and a band. (Continue)

Expat Report Culture Shock in Tokyo, Japan was published
Culture-Shock-in-Tokyo
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
I'm not sure. I don't think this place is for everyone. You need to have a thick skin, and be a person that's very open to new ways. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of American School in Japan (K-12) in Tokyo, Japan was published
Review-of-American School in Japan (K-12)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Out of all the international schools in Tokyo, ASIJ has one of the greatest facilies and the ASIJ Campus is HUGE campared to anyother campus in Tokyo. More info: http://www.asij.ac.jp/about_asij/room.htm (Continue)
Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Tokyo, Japan was published
Dating-and-Marriage-in-Tokyo
What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
I agree with the other postings!!

I am a single foreign woman living in Tokyo. My advise: If you are like me, and wanna have a fun romantic social life as a HETEROSEXUAL, THEN TOUGH LUCK!!!

I don't recommend Tokyo. Speaking not only about myself, but speaking for numerous foreign heterosexual women friends of mine in Tokyo.

As for lesbians, one German friend did find a wonderful loving Japanese partner. :) So, it's different. (Continue)

Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Tokyo, Japan was published
Dating-and-Marriage-in-Tokyo
What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
If you are a foreign woman (white, latino, asian, black, etc.), it would be quite difficult to date a Japanese man or even a foreign man. Among the different ethnicities mentioned, Asian women have a slightly "better" chance to meet a guy. But that doesn't say much.....

As for foreign men, it's sad but their seemed to be a preference for white men. Caucasian men almost instantaneously would be able to date a woman the moment they arrive in Japan. I think this is a sad reflection of certain built-in culture bias.

Single folks meet people through work or school. I had some classmates from back home who were living in Japan so I met more friends through them. I created my network of friends by meeting friends of friends.

English-speaking people definitely tend to hang out together. As for gravitating towards certain parts of Tokyo, I don't think so except Western men like to go to Roppongi because of the bar scene. I DO NOT recommend a foreign woman to venture that area alone at night. (Continue)

Expat Report Moving to Tokyo, Japan was published
Moving-to-Tokyo
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
When choosing a home, pick something near a train station, as this is the easiest way to get around. Most Tokyoites spend at least an hour commuting by train, so don't let the distance worry you. Most real estate agents only speak Japanese, so bring a translator with you. Expect the kitchens to be galley style, and for the washing machines to be in the bathroom or on the balcony. Make sure your neighborhood also have plenty of markets nearby-refrigerators are so small, you have to shop daily! (Continue)
Expat Report Moving to Tokyo, Japan was published
Moving-to-Tokyo
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Real estate agencies will show you everything even places that don't meet your requirements, ex:2 bedrooms instead or 3, no parking, etc...

See the floor plans before seeing any of them, it will save you a lot of time.

And once you have narrowed it down, visit the flat a time when you know that your nieghbors will be in....

Some flats don't have insulation and you can hear if your nieghbor just sneezed. (Continue)

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