I've noticed that a number of members are currently living in Japan. I wanted to throw this thread out as an opportunity for all of us to get connected and possibly meet up at sometime in the future.
I live in Yamaguchi City, in southern Honshu. I have been here around 3 and 3/4 years now, teaching English at a small private school. I'll probably be here for another 2 or 3 years. Speak and read fluent Japanese.
Just about to turn 30 (in 4 days). I am originally from Texas. There are plenty of reasons to love living here, but, from a training and supplement perspective, this place is nearly worthless.
The gym I work out at is way on the other side of town, actually a track and field stadium with an attached weightroom, and the equipment is literally from the 1960's (they have molded, round ended dumbbells!).
There are a couple of cool things here (like a peg climbing wall...I may have a pic I can attach), but the training is pretty limited. It's either that, though, or work out at one of the commercial gyms, which are almost 100% machines (the free weights at one that I checked out were concrete covered in plastic, like an old set of DP weights).
Supplements are pretty pathetic, too, so I order my protein from Biotest (which is plenty expensive).
So, Japanese T-Nation, post up. Where are you? Is there a good gym nearby? Tell us about your life.