Very helpful site! Returning to Japan..
(Indianapolis, IN, USA)
A bit about me: I have degrees in International Studies and Japanese Studies. I've also lived in Japan and studied at a small university in Tochigi. I'm very outgoing, positive, loyal, and loved everything about Japan. I've recently been seriously considering going back to Japan and teaching English. You have made it pretty clear you would recommend smaller locations to teach rather than the big 4.
What then would you recommend my next step be?
Honestly if I found a job in Kyoto or Tokyo at a smaller school that pays relatively the same amount, has similar benefits as the big 4, and didn't REQUIRE me to live in a particular apartment, I wouldn't hesitate to make the move.
I truly appreciate the site and the information you provided. I too had been a bit discouraged about some of the things I was reading online about teaching over there, and you provided a breath of fresh air and reassurance. If you have any recommendations or contacts looking for a teacher I would greatly appreciate the opportunity. Thank you very much :)