After school I have been thinking about moving to Beijing. If it makes sense I've been hearing that the job market in Beijing is very favorable towards foreigners. Especially Americans.
I can't imagine waking up one day in China. I've always dreamt about it and I find the transition to be an exciting process as well as freighting.
If you wanna die from lung cancer when you're like 35, sure go for it. The pollution there is so bad now that the meteorological agencies dont even have a rating for how hazardous the air is. Supposedly the highest level is 500, and just the other day it was over 800. So yeah, have fun breathing toxic fumes (that smog blows over to Japan sometimes as well, making me cough like crazy).
Japan isnt any better though because of Fukushima. I recommend everyone stay away from here. The Government here keeps saying everything will be okay, they win the olympics in 2020 on a lie that there wont be any radioactivity in Tokyo itself (which is total BS as there is already radioactive water flowing into the west coast of North America).
I moved to Japan almost 8 years ago from L.A. I enjoyed it although even for someone who can speak Japanese as well as I do, it was still a lot to get used to right out of college living on my own for the first time in my life (on top of that it being in a foreign country where I had no friends). It was hard at first, but after I moved to Nagoya (I've been here almost 7 years) I was able to make some friends and things got a lot smoother. I think starting to play guitar helped me calm down and give me an outlet for a lot of my stress.
In the past year or so, I've started to get annoyed with the heavy metal community here, so I've kinda retreated into my own world. All they listen to is damn extreme metal (LOTS of black, death, screamo, emo etc) and the lyrics make me sick. I cant enjoy myself with other headbangers.
So yeah, that's basically my life in Japan. Work, play guitar, sleep. Rinse and repeat. Sometimes go out to guitar shops and try different stuff out after my guitar lesson.