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Old 08-31-2011, 01:25 AM
 
Location: The Island of Misfit Toys
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i used to know some tattoo artists in texas. They used to tell stories of people who would come in wanting kanji tattoos. Turns out most of the time when someone has a kanji tattoo the translation is all wrong. One guy did a tattoo on this lady. She had brought in a kanji that she wanted done on her lower back (tramp stamp). She thought it meant something like "long prosperous life". She went to japan and found out that it really meant "toilet". One guy who they said was half-japanese (his mother was japanese, his father american) also had them do one on his leg that he thought meant "strength", but it was actually some reference to prisoners, like a tattoo that prisoners get. I'm guessing he didn't ask him mom what it meant first...

lol. 和。

If I were to get a tatoo I'd probably get the symbol above. In Japan, you gotta have Wa, right?
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Susquehanna River, Union Co, PA
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Wa? (Just kidding)

How about a year to roam and explore what you really want before taking the leap?
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: DC
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I doubt very seriously that the Japanese are going to allow you to emigrate.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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Maybe consider Bali. I've heard there are quite a few American expats there, the place is beautiful, the people are super nice, and it's easy to live well for very little money.

We have relatives in Thailand (hubby is half Thai) and they want us to move there. We would, if we spoke, read, and wrote Thai. My hubby does a little. (He left Thailand when he was very young and his Irish father wouldn't let the kids or his Thai wife speak Thai at home - dumb, huh?) We're waiting for the kids to finish school here in America first.
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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I doubt very seriously that the Japanese are going to allow you to emigrate.
Agreed, go for New England..
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I'll add my voice to two other posters: Japan does not allow permanent resident status to foreigners. What a bizarre choice the OP has made - why Japan, an overpopulated country to start with? There are many more out-of-the-way places in the United States which constitute a range of choices for living off-grid. To the OP: Why do you want to live off-grid?
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: The Island of Misfit Toys
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I'll add my voice to two other posters: Japan does not allow permanent resident status to foreigners. What a bizarre choice the OP has made - why Japan, an overpopulated country to start with? There are many more out-of-the-way places in the United States which constitute a range of choices for living off-grid. To the OP: Why do you want to live off-grid?
There are a number of reasons, but primary are less recurring bills, self-sufficiency, increased freedom from wage slavery, Eco-friendly life-style, dependence on the Earth and not others, etc.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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Check out rural property along the Oregon Coast. Hubby and I look from time to time, and we often find really sweet deals for under $100K. Lots of people in Oregon prefer to live off the grid. You see a lot of yurts, dome houses, etc. here as well. As well as full-time RV'ers and the like.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:35 PM
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Or perhaps consider Maine. Cost of land there is inexpensive, with a lot of wonderful wilderness areas and a very low population density. Certainly much cheaper than Japan, and you would easily be able to have an organic farm. There is a Whole Foods in Portland, and one of their objectives is to buy locally whenever possible. There is also a gentleman named Jim Merkel who lives (if I recall correctly) in Belfast, Maine. He practices and teaches sustainable living and permaculture on his small homestead there. Maybe you might be able to glean some ideas from him or his writings.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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How brutal are the winters in Maine?
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