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Sunday, September 26, 2004


John Ziemba

What an interesting read! I'm really glad I stumbled on your site. I'm just an English teacher here, although back in the States I had some real jobs--painting and light carpentry among them. I admire you for toughing it out and picking up Japanese the hard way. The Mikatagahara article was top notch, too. Keep up the great posts!


Thanks John, my Japanese is very far from perfect. Working in construction really excelerated my learning pace though. I have quite a ways to go still. To really get to know this place you really need to know the language, so I continue to study as much as possible. Thanks for visting and good luck on your venture here!

Mario Yaconetti

Hey Peter that’s a cool story. I’m turning 18 soon and I’m trying to move to Japan, but first I need to find a construction job. I’m like you I don’t want to sit behind a desk all day. So far I haven’t had much luck. Do you know of any one who will hire a foreigner with only a basic understanding of Japanese language? Any information I would appreciate a lot. Thank you.


mario you are a poo poo head

Mario Yaconetti

Hey Peter, it’s me again. I recently turned 18. On July 7th I’m leaving for Ketchikan Alaska to fish and save money. After I’ve saved at least 20 thousand dollars I’m going to Tokyo. I’ll then look for construction work. I hope to travel around Japan one day. Maybe we’ll meet up someday. Anyway good luck to you and your family. I wish you the best of luck. Ja.


p.s. (mario you are a poo poo head ) is a post from my older brother Bryan

Mario Yaconetti

Hey its me again. I worked on a black cod boat for 3months and only got paid $1,800. I found out I was working for a pirate who was keeping me captive. I ran away after he told me that he wasn’t going to pay me. I would have left earlier though my mind was manipulated from working 15 to 20 hour days and eating very little. I lost about 30 lbs. and almost didn’t make it out alive. He was a crazy captain. He would make me do all the work on the deck while he ate and slept. He made me jump in the 40 degree water and untangle the hooked line. He made me into his perfect slave. I paid for many things that where useless that he wanted and after all my gear, Landry, transportation and everything I ended up making nothing. I talked to a few black cod fishermen and I found out I should have been making between $1,200 and $5,000 every day instead I got $24 a day I then truly felt sick. I came back home. I don’t know how or when I’m going to get to Japan but I’ll find a way.

Mario Yaconetti

Now I'm studying to become a health fitness Instructor. I hope to get a job at a hotel or health club in Japan. Well i sure hope this one works!

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Buck Arunachalam

Isn't it hard for a white gaijin to get blue-collar work in Japan? I worked in a construction project in South Korea, and my boss was quite surprised that I was able to handle all the dirty work. Work is demanding, but it pays well and it taught me a lot of experience in blue-collar work.


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