Have been here in Osaka studying for a year, but am back home to The Land of the Long White cloud (New Zealand) next saturday.
Ive done an Intensive Japanese language course, as my Major back home is Japanese. Am here on scholarship which runs out in Feb, so back home to finish my degree, and then I will be back over here asap.
I have been a member of 4 gyms in the time that I have been here. Got kicked out of one for having a Tattoo, which could only be seen when i was changing/in the shower etc. When I say gyms, I mean sports clubs. Full of machines of fluorescent colours, and white lino floors. You need sunglasses on while you work out. While none of them had everything, they were enough to get by. There is a Gym at my Uni, but the heaviest dumbell was 8kg, and there was only one of them! So bit the bullet and paid through the teeth to join a Gym. (Konami, Renaissance, Tipness).
When i first came, got great results in the cutting area, the body just wasnt used to the different food, but it has evened out, and Im not losing big time weight any more. Im sure I will put it all back on when I get home though.
Also, living in a homestay ive had a hard time keeping my diet under raps (just another excuse, i know). Supplements here are kinda average too, and really expensive. But managed to get some reasonable creatine and protein. Things like oatmeal and fish oil are easy to come by, but flax seeds and oil, brown bread, and tortillas are virtually impossible to find. And seeing as though im not too adventurous in my eating, I havent endeavoured to eat any of the more "interesting" things they choose to eat.
All in all a great place, but Im really itching to get home right now. But, after a few weeks of being home, I will want to get right back here. Cant win.
And yeah, the girls are all good, but as the only reason they are into you is because you are a foreigner, it gets old after a while. Definitely met a few keepers though.
With Japanese language ability, I think it definitely makes it a whole lot easier, and the experience a whole lot better. I was fortunate to get put in with a GREAT host family (my 4th one in 10 months, which makes going home kind of hard. But I will definitely be back here in the near future. I plan to work hear once I graduate.
Sorry for the ramble, but if any of you guys plan to get over here, even for a little while, i definitely reccomend it. You wont regret it. Its an amazing country.