So about me...
Life is looking up. I had been pretty cynical and pessimistic for a long time. I think it's because I had been pretty isolated. I broke up with my ex; we're not going to remain friends because I don't think we can (we've gotten together and broken up 3 times within 5 years...such a waste). I can finally try dating again with people I like hanging out with.
I've made new friends and am having fun, going out.
My artist side still doesn't believe that university is a necessity, but it did gain me credentials and at least it wasn't as boring and trivial as high school. I suppose with a degree, more doors of opportunities can open.
I recommend a course in cultural studies; you'll be stuck in the same room with people who have strong opinions and by the end of the course, you'll be humbled and tolerant of others around you.
A second, third, or fourth language (or more) wouldn't hurt either.
For the government. I wish I could say Secret Service or something cooler -_-
I work for the Department of International Relations (foreigner in Japan, here) and moonlighting by teaching business English.
is fun. If you can visit here on vacation with little to no knowledge about the culture or language, it might be nerve-wrecking. If you can get here (say, on exchange) as a student of the Japanese language, you'll have a lot of fun. If you come here for work, it's fun, meaningful, and exhausting.
Japanese workplace hierarchical system is a pain to pride.
If you want advice about coming to Japan, just send me a PM