Japanese subsidised dating
Literally, you’ll wear many hats just to stave off freaking hypothermia.
You can afford a small, boxy used car, cable internet, and a TV, all of which should improve your dating life. Or the young Saudia Arabian guy I spent the evening with, also in Roppongi.
If there were a practical poverty line, at least from a Western perspective, this would be it.
It also happens to coincide nicely with the average -teacher monthly salary.
and your apartment was below freezing, you’d have a different understanding. You’ll still need to turn off lights you’re not using and take reasonably short showers, but overall, you’ll live comfortably. Which is to say that I’m a lazy bastard who prefers evenings slamming cans of malt liquor watching sunsets over the Arakawa river to sitting at a desk surrounded by dozing salarymen. It bears mentioning that there are small subsets of people who come to Japan under more fortunate circumstances.
You can eat out at the 100-yen sushi joint five nights a week, and drink proper beer or a bottle of wine regularly. Like the aging engineer I met from the States whose company sent him to Tokyo on an extended business trip, set him up in a serviced apartment in Roppongi, and paid for all his meals.