Anybody wanna' move with me?

Good morning everyone,

It's another glorious day out there today! I know. I know. It's hot, but you have to remember that I ride to work around 7:30 in the morning and then head home around 9:30pm, so I miss the hottest part of the day. Anyway, there's no change in the forecast. It's going to be nice and sunny and warm all weekend and then cloud over on Monday and Tuesday and we may see some rain on Wednesday.

I decided that I'm tired of running the rat race and am looking for a quiet place to live somewhere else in Japan...but where? (Ok...living in Hiroshima doesn't really count as being in a 'rat race', does it? But I needed a good lead-in for my blog...so...use your imagination! Ha ha!)

Well, I saw in the paper the other day that prefectures with declining populations (which means EVERY prefecture other than Tokyo) were offering incentives to get people to move there.

Some of them are not very tempting, but I have to admit that some of them look  pretty good. I wonder if I could teach English there...

Here are a few on offer at the moment:

Yakumo, Hokkaido is offering free land to bulid a new home. Very tempting. Yakumo is a small town located about halfway between Hakodate and Hokkaido. That means good snowboarding, great food, awesome summers and long, cold winters...

Nikaho, Akita is offering a one-year pass to hot springs in the area. Is that it? That doesn't count, does it? It's hardly anything! I know Akita's hot springs are great, but seriously? Would that tempt you to move there? No way! Well, me neither.

Hida, Gifu is offering 60kg of rice a year for 10 years to anyone who buys a house. That's not bad. For me, that's about a year's worth of rice. If I was thinking of moving there anyway, it might tilt the scales in Gifu's favour, but it's hardly enough to make me move all the way there! It's probably a value of around ¥30,000-¥35,000.

Otari, Nagano is offering a pocket load of cash for people who move there and then raise their families and join the community. For example, they'll give you ¥1,000,000 for the birth of a baby and ¥100,000 if you join the local volunteer fire department.
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Hmmm...pretty tempting for people that are hoping to have a large family and be deeply involved in the community. If you agree to move there with me, I'd want at least 4 or 5 kids! Ha ha! That'd make the move worthwhile! Ha ha!

Iinan, Shimane is offering a rent-to-own plan for people who buy new houses. Just paying ¥40,000 rent a month for 25 years and the house is yours! 
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Now we're talking! That is an offer I could seriously consider! Now I just have to figure out where in the heck Iinan is...any ideas? I don't know, but it makes my hometown look like the 'big city'! Ha ha!

Setouchi, Kagoshima is offering ¥30,000 per month for each child in elementary or middle school on top of the benefit given by the national government. And you also get to live on a semi-tropical island. Pretty tempting...of course the downside is that they are the first ones to get hit by typhoons every year...I don't know...might be tempting...as long as you never wanted to leave...I bet it costs a fortune to get anywhere from there...

Mishima, Kagoshima is offering ¥500,000 cash or a free calf.
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I'm not making this up. Well, I don't know about you, but I'm thinking a calf is pretty darn tempting. Because you can turn one calf into two calves (with a little help from your neighbour's calf...ha ha!) and next thing you know, you've got a little farm...sounds pretty tempting to me...

So, I've narrowed it down to Mishima, Iinan, Otari, and Setouchi...any advice on which one you think is best?

Let me know!

Have a great day!

PS Ok...so maybe I'm not really going to move away from Hiroshima anytime soon, but still...some of them look tempting...

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I hear Dundalk is nice and with the increasing amish population im sure u could teach English there
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