Looking at pictures like this...I just want to go Japan and start a new life. But I JUST got a good job a few months ago here in America, and its a chance to build a pretty good career and make good money to pay off my college loans and live comfortably...
I learned some Japanese in college...and now I work with people who teach foreign languages...and after talking to this beautiful Japanese teacher for a good 30 minutes, it just clicked how badly I want to move to Japan (and maybe get a Japanese wife too). It just felt so natural speaking in Japanese, somehow, and I enjoyed it more than I can remember ever enjoying speaking English.
I majored in English in college, but I got into a pretty good entry level IT job with room to move up, and a salaried position already promised for me after getting one raise already. But I crave going to Japan. Yes, I'm a total weeaboo, no need to point it out. I am just struggling deciding whether I should move there soon, or build up my career and stay in America.
Speaking as someone currently working there: don't fall for the whole 'Grass is Always Greener' bit. Family, Social, and Professional values are different in every culture and Japan is, sadly, very good at hiding some of the lamer bits. I have buddies who have happy lives here, of course, but there's also quite a bit of adjusting to do, especially if you plan on 'getting a Japanese wife' and 'naturally speaking in Japanese'.
You say you've got a good career lined up right now. Good. Stick with that and see where that takes you. If you play your cards right you can probably visit Japan later on when you have more disposable income. If you're actually looking for employment, though, consider language instruction--it's always in high demand and you can get away with a bit more in that workplace than in some fuckhuge megacorp like Mitsubishi or something.
Above all, remember that a vacation is not living there. It's an extremely big decision to pack up and go to another country, especially one like Japan. Be careful of looking at it through rose-tinted glasses and try to get some perspective from expatriates who actually live there.
Hate to sound like a downer, but there you go. It sounds like you have a good job lined up--I'd hate to see an anon throw an opportunity away on a whim, you know?
I work in Japan and have a Japanese wife, should get permanent residence in another 2-3 years hopefully
The one things that bothers me is that it doesn't really feel that exciting career-wise. Technologically, socially and fiscally it is lagging behind the west. Most of the new companies here are underfunded copies of western equivalents. I'm still not sure how to become a serious entrepreneur in this environment and whether I'd be happy just to settle into a low-risk management track career here (I don't think I can make $400k as an engineer guy here like SF/NY... more like $200k.). Being a western-trained plastic surgeon seems like a great way to make money here on the other hand.
There are a lot of advantages over living in the west but the salary issue is annoying
A few of the guys at work have Japanese wives somehow. One of them met his wife through some online thing, JDate? JapanDate?
From everything I've heard though living in Japan is not a cakewalk for a gaijin.
It's not a bad goal to have, especially for a young man without any mortgage or wife or kids to worry about.
But I would definitely recommend you visit as a tourist before you just up and move.
You're earning a steady income now. Take the next few months and save up enough for a really expansive and thorough visit.
My friend went there during his time backpacking in university. He described the cities as amazing vibrant places with awesome people and lots of really cool stuff going on. But the places he was most looking forward to, the countryside, were filled with xenophobic people, who would pretty consistently for lack of a better term, just kind of politely but firmly escort him out of every shop, cafe, bar he visited. He said it really bummed him out.