Comment: I did this in Japan, in 1987

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I did this in Japan, in 1987

For pretty much all the same reasons. I didn't know about the girls back then, but I soon learned ;)

I dropped out of college after my freshman year, right after taking summer intensive Japanese.

I didn't let a company pay my airfare, because then they do, in a sense, own you. I flew over freelance and found my job the way all the freelancers did at the time: In the classifieds section of the Monday Japan Times.

On the other hand, those who got the full ride, with the furnished, rent-paid, air conditioned pad got paid more than me. I had more freedom and more spare time.

Regarding #5:

5. This job is so easy you can do it with your eyes closed.

I would just advise that anyone doing this take the job seriously. The students are paying money for a service. Don't abuse that trust. It lessens the experience for everyone, no less for yourself.

But yes, it can be a lot of fun.

I'll take you at your word that you're not here scamming people since you've been here this long, but to others reading, the standard caveat applies:

Buyer beware!

Thanks for the post, and the memories.

He's the man.