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Posted in: Practical tips for dealing with stalking in Japan See in context

Ned that is really scary. I had a terrifying stalker in SF who finally stopped after the police got involved. California takes stalking pretty seriously after a few notable murders of actresses and models. I think maybe because the majority of stalking/personal assault cases are against women, perhaps the police don't take a male complaint as seriously here?

Ricky...This article was really geared for women, because I usually cover female-centric topics on GaijinPot. The apartment tips I think are sound advice, but yeah- the groper tips are really about personal safety for women, which really is what this opinion piece is about. Good edit- thanks. :)

Sensato- Dude, because of your comment, my friends are giving me so much crap about that line! You all need to get your heads out of the gutter. ;)

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Posted in: Practical tips for dealing with stalking in Japan See in context

Yeah...the woman at the beginning of the story was an American. :)

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Posted in: Summer escape: Let’s go to Shimoda See in context

GaijinTraveller: Exactly- I actually got this recommendation from a Japanese friend, so yeah, I totally agree. I didn't feel the need to offer any converse travel advice because I offered the nicest way to get there. And I don't drive.

Goodwill: Sorry about that- the original article on GaijinPot had a link to the hotel with the rates, which vary according room type and season. I paid 180 a night.

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Posted in: Modeling in Japan 101: Watch out for Guy With Camera (GWC) See in context

Enmarinas: If a student shooter has a decent wordpress page with work that isn't solely of poorly-lit nude amateurs, chances are he'll book aspiring models. I would NEVER advise an aspiring model to meet with a shooter who doesn't have at least a basic online presence. Online the industry standard and has been for a decade- it's easy and cheap to look like a polished business person. If the GWC is truly trying to be a professional, he'll have it. Sorry, but it's the truth.

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Posted in: Modeling in Japan 101: Audition tips See in context

I covered last week... http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/modeling-in-japan-101-submitting-to-agents

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Posted in: Modeling in Japan 101: Submitting to agents See in context

Pozzy you are spot on. You do not have to spend a ton of money to get photos- but you do need them, and good ones if you're serious about getting work. Most casting agents and bookers will tell you: "The better the headshot, the better the model." If you look at my book, I spent almost nothing over the years to grow it. But yes, you have to have a core wardrobe for tests and you definitely have to look the part. Getting started isn't hard, or expensive, but it does require real effort.

Thanks edojin! I'll be covering a whole range of topics in the modeling world over the next few weeks. Girls (and a few guys) from all over the world email me about wanting to come over to work, so talking about the good and the bad makes sense. :)

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Posted in: Modeling in Japan 101: Submitting to agents See in context

I'd never suggest a child getting into modeling unless they had a reputable agent. And NEVER pay anyone who promises to get you modeling work-- that's insane. The Girl Model situation is exploitive and sad.

There's is plenty of legit work for kids that's nothing like the film, but you're right-- scams exist even with older models clamoring to get in. I'm writing an article on scams and what to look for in the next couple of weeks

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Posted in: Modeling in Japan 101: Submitting to agents See in context

That's great Wakarimasen! But if you get tons of work, why would they just have polaroids up? That's really strange. You could be an exception, depending on what you define as "tons of work." Most models I know here get spotty work, unless they're under a brand contract.

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

Thank you Vivian... sounds like you have a great thing going. There are about billion reasons to date Japanese guys, and there are a lot of good JP guys out there... so there's really no need to be dateless unless that's really what you want. Coming here, I had just kept hearing a lot of negative stuff about expat guys and I haven't found it to be entirely true. Stereotypes are funny because they are in part true, but they aren't absolute. It's good to remember that I think.

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

Right? I knew I wasn't the only one. Your guy sounds awesome, BTW. You're officially my hero. :)

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

Real criticism is a good thing- as a writer I always learn something from it. And people have the right not to like what I write. Just saying something sucks "just because" is kind of pointless. But very cool of you to say bruin... thanks. :)

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

@Xeno:

Be interesting to learn if you / others can discern a difference b/n old-timer expats and relative newbies - and what that is.

Yeah I can discern a difference. No question. :)

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

You love it.

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

No. I realize not all men are not like what I've described.

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

Ash is right. I'm a full-on optimist. As part of the micron demographic that is white expat female, I think I have to be to be happy here. The alternative-- becoming the stereotypically distainful woman that "despises" expat men sounds like a total drag.

The guy friends and prospective suitors I've met have been well-traveled, interesting, and not the douchey fanboys- though I've seen them here too. No question these broad strokes exist because they're in part true, but that was kind of the point of my little contrarian scribble. They're just broad strokes. That's exactly why Charisma Man is funny. I wanted to say something that hadn't been said that I believe is 100% true- that's all. I don't blame you if you disagree. I can only speak from my own experience.

It really is a numbers thing. There are very few of us (Western women), so of course guys are going to date/marry Japanese women- they're everywhere. And course, given the numbers, I'm not going to have a deluge of hot-nerd-man-action kicking down my door every four seconds. But there are definitely cool men here... JP guys too. I guess keeping an open mind and not shooting hater vibes is working?

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

True- It's getting embarrassing. I was invited to a show a few weeks ago that started at midnight. Unless I rolled in pajamas and was willing to die the next day, there was no pulling that off. Sigh forever.

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

It's just a thought piece. Relax. Wow.

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

Ha! Among others, yes. I'm from California so I was into the Southern California punk scene as well. There has to be a Tokyo equivalent somewhere.

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