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andrelimfj
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah! I would like to know is it worth it to eat there. As i still got to convince my parents to eat in such a place.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Yeah! I would like to know is it worth it to eat there. As i still got to convince my parents to eat in such a place.(maid cafe)


Dude, you might as well try to convince your parents to take you to a titty bar

Same concept, less clothes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I don't think I could imagine anything more annoying and frustrating then going with my parents to Japan... having to explain everything, hearing them complain so much... it'd be like travelling with Americans. Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr. Wendal wrote:
andrelimfj wrote:
Yeah! I would like to know is it worth it to eat there. As i still got to convince my parents to eat in such a place.(maid cafe)


Dude, you might as well try to convince your parents to take you to a titty bar

Same concept, less clothes


Most of the ones i saw were actually well covered. The only ones slightly less so were the "he is my master" girls. They were at the "@Home" cafe, they also feature a middleschool uniform with a very cute model.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Is it sad that I know which dating sim anime that school uniform is from?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
nah, its not sad. Its just funny.

I'm also planning to go to Shibuya, can anyone tell me something about that place?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
HimuraBattousai wrote:
Is it sad that I know which dating sim anime that school uniform is from?


Why do people ask rhetorical questions? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I'm also planning to go to Shibuya, can anyone tell me something about that place?


Everyone hails it as the fashion HQ of Japan, but I honestly didn't see it. Then again I wasn't exactly looking for fashion there so eh... the mandarake store there is pretty damned win, though.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Everyone hails it as the fashion HQ of Japan, but I honestly didn't see it. Then again I wasn't exactly looking for fashion there so eh... the mandarake store there is pretty damned win, though.


Oh, if you ever do go shopping for fashion, Shibuya seriously rocks.
If you ever go shopping for Transformers, Shibuya seriously sucks.

Oh yeah, it's also close to Todai (Tokyo Uni).
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
HimuraBattousai wrote:
Is it sad that I know which dating sim anime that school uniform is from?


And which dating sim is that from? (let me take a wild guess... "To Heart"?)

Mr Waffle wrote:
the mandarake store there is pretty damned win, though.


And on that topic, does Mandrake (and others like Animate) have something like a bargain bin? I would love to pick up a bargain or two (or three...)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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HimuraBattousai wrote:
Is it sad that I know which dating sim anime that school uniform is from?


And which dating sim is that from? (let me take a wild guess... "To Heart"?)


Correct.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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And on that topic, does Mandrake (and others like Animate) have something like a bargain bin? I would love to pick up a bargain or two (or three...)


I don't recall any of the Animate stores having a bargain bin, but Mandarake certainly did. I picked up giant Ayupan figures and a Price of Tennis towel for 500 yen, each which normally go for 1000yen+... they had the rather rare Final Fantasy VIII 1/6 figures for 2000 yen or so, and Rei/Asuka figures for 500-1000 yen each.

The only problem being that space is obscenely limited in a suitcase Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
Chocobahn wrote:
And on that topic, does Mandrake (and others like Animate) have something like a bargain bin? I would love to pick up a bargain or two (or three...)


I don't recall any of the Animate stores having a bargain bin, but Mandarake certainly did. I picked up giant Ayupan figures and a Price of Tennis towel for 500 yen, each which normally go for 1000yen+... they had the rather rare Final Fantasy VIII 1/6 figures for 2000 yen or so, and Rei/Asuka figures for 500-1000 yen each.

The only problem being that space is obscenely limited in a suitcase Razz


Especially for annoyling delicate things like figurines. I swear i would of had that $200 CCS figuringe if it weren't for space.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
HimuraBattousai wrote:
Chocobahn wrote:
HimuraBattousai wrote:
Is it sad that I know which dating sim anime that school uniform is from?


And which dating sim is that from? (let me take a wild guess... "To Heart"?)


Correct.


Which one is sadder? knowing which dating sim anime it comes from, or guessing it correctly without watching one episode of the said anime or playing the game?

Oh, well, the next time I go to Japan (whenever that is), I'll just have to get those figurines that you can't get in Australia.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Chocobahn wrote:
Which one is sadder? knowing which dating sim anime it comes from, or guessing it correctly without watching one episode of the said anime or playing the game?

Oh, well, the next time I go to Japan (whenever that is), I'll just have to get those figurines that you can't get in Australia.


I think most of this thread is sad, and almost makes me depressed to read it. I'M TOO DUMB TO FIND OTHER WORDS TO USE SO I USE THE F WORD Japan, go visit some place cool, with good culture and history like Europe. Don't come to Japan to go to maid cafes and buy anime merchandise.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Europe, meh. I find other peoples' culture and history more interesting than my own.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Chocobahn wrote:
Which one is sadder? knowing which dating sim anime it comes from, or guessing it correctly without watching one episode of the said anime or playing the game?

Oh, well, the next time I go to Japan (whenever that is), I'll just have to get those figurines that you can't get in Australia.


I think most of this thread is sad, and almost makes me depressed to read it. **** Japan, go visit some place cool, with good culture and history like Europe. Don't come to Japan to go to maid cafes and buy anime merchandise.


You're talking to deaf ears here Conan. Most of these people are Japan whores. And Japan has sweet ass culture. Nijo ji castle is simply awesomeness packed full with Culture.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I really don't think Japan's culture is anything like what a lot of people make it out to be.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
ok............... Its not like i'm going to spend my whole Trip in Japan finding anime stuff. Its my first time going there.

Anyway, how many days do you think i should spend in Tokyo, i'm also visitng Kyoto/Osaka as well, and i need to allocate time.
Oh, and i been looking at the accomodation and most of it is really pricy, any recommendations?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
andrelimfj wrote:
I'm also planning to go to Shibuya, can anyone tell me something about that place?


Everyone hails it as the fashion HQ of Japan, but I honestly didn't see it. Then again I wasn't exactly looking for fashion there so eh...


I generally find Harajuku more interesting than Shibuya... and so would your avatar, I guess Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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ok............... Its not like i'm going to spend my whole Trip in Japan finding anime stuff. Its my first time going there.

Anyway, how many days do you think i should spend in Tokyo, i'm also visitng Kyoto/Osaka as well, and i need to allocate time.
Oh, and i been looking at the accomodation and most of it is really pricy, any recommendations?


youth hostels are both relativley cheap and freindly.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I really don't think Japan's culture is anything like what a lot of people make it out to be.


I think you're confusing "past" and "present" culture here. Some people actually enjoy doing the whole temples/castles/historical landmarks jazz, and Japan has that in spades... and if someone wants to go to Japan for its present culture, well, they're in for an interesting learning experience. That's the whole point of going overseas afterall...

I dunno what it's like in Hiroshima, but I found Tokyo reeks of the stereotypes you see on tv. It's just what the doctor ordered if you want to enjoy the 'wacky' side of Japan... cosplayers, otakus, people being crammed into trains... sure, it's not what the whole country is really like, but who cares? Visitors are there for a couple of weeks at the most. Not everybody gives a crap about the negative sides of Japan that the people like you living there complain about, just like I'm sure Japanese tourists couldn't care less about Australian politics, they just want to hug a Koala. I don't see a need to rag on someones holiday plans over it...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Indeed I back up Waffle-licious here. There are the two japanese cultures both of them equally interesting and fascinating. My one regret is that I didn't see as many cosplayers as I would have wanted to.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
I don't see a need to rag on someones holiday plans over it...


My original statement about the thread depressing me was more about the talk of school girl uniforms and the like. I still think people certainly should come visit Japan. I'm just suggesting that they don't come over here to buy anime merchandise, and then leave. Packing their bags so they can maxamize the amount of stuff they can bring on return. I highly suggest doing what you say. Going to temples, shrines and what not. And definately get out of the big cities for a bit. I don't complain so much about Japan (except maybe the lack of real bread, or the ability to buy bread as a loaf), that said, I still think Japan's culture is all as interesting as its made out.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Nijo ji castle is simply awesomeness packed full with Culture.


Besides Nijo-jo, Osaka-jo and Himeji-jo, are there any other castles worth visiting around Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
hello there
Nagoya Castle was really nice with all the cherry blossom's in bloom
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Chocobahn wrote:
Raven Xavier wrote:
Nijo ji castle is simply awesomeness packed full with Culture.


Besides Nijo-jo, Osaka-jo and Himeji-jo, are there any other castles worth visiting around Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka?


The imperial palace is quite nice even if you cant go inside it is worth walking around the edge.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The imperial palace is quite nice even if you cant go inside it is worth walking around the edge.


I'm planning to go there. I've read somewhere that you need a special permit or something to get inside the palace, right? Has anyone been in there?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I'm planning to go there. I've read somewhere that you need a special permit or something to get inside the palace, right? Has anyone been in there?


Unless anyone here is actually a former head of state, probably not. The most us common folk will ever see is the parking lot outside on a bus tour. Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
Chocobahn wrote:
I'm planning to go there. I've read somewhere that you need a special permit or something to get inside the palace, right? Has anyone been in there?


Unless anyone here is actually a former head of state, probably not. The most us common folk will ever see is the parking lot outside on a bus tour. Razz


They open it up for the the Emporers b'day.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
hello again
the tour group i went on did the Imperial palace
you do not acturally go into the palace itself
it's more a tour of some of the outer building in the
palace grounds the history of such buildings
also some of the gardens.but you are on a timed tour
the tour group has to be there by a certain time and be
out be a certain time so you do not get time to wander around
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Raven Xavier wrote:
Mr Waffle wrote:
Chocobahn wrote:
I'm planning to go there. I've read somewhere that you need a special permit or something to get inside the palace, right? Has anyone been in there?


Unless anyone here is actually a former head of state, probably not. The most us common folk will ever see is the parking lot outside on a bus tour. Razz


They open it up for the the Emporers b'day.


Which was yesterday, actually.
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Happy birthday Emperor of Japan!

So, what do they do in Japan to celebrate?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
just watchen wrote:
it's more a tour of some of the outer building in the
palace grounds the history of such buildings
also some of the gardens.but you are on a timed tour
the tour group has to be there by a certain time and be
out be a certain time so you do not get time to wander around
freely ...


Was the tour conducted in Japanese? Or do they have an English one?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Was the tour conducted in Japanese? Or do they have an English one?


They have bucketloads of english tours. Check out Japan Tourist Bureau for more info.
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Hope i dont sound stupid, but what are the chances of me finding anime calenders and posters in Akihabara?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
You can probably get posters any time (e.g. got to Animate and one floor will probably have lots, along with other "chara" goods such as pencilboards and random badges and schtuff, or Gamers for mostly Broccoli goods).

Calendars obviously tend to only come around at certain times of the year. I think the ones by AZUMA Kiyohiko (Azumanga Daioh, Yotsuba&!) came out around March, to co-incide with the school year, but I supose most others would come out around November.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
ahh ok thanks.
But wheres the Animate and Gamers main stores. And is it true that animate overprice their products?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
When you get out of Akihabara JR station, take the "Akihabara Electric Town" exit (there are signs in English).

You should come out to a small street facing a big store with escalators along the outside (looks cool Cool ).

Turn right and walk along this street toward the main street. Gamers is on the right before you get to the intersection.

When you get to the main street, turn right and walk up that street. Animate is a fair way up the street, on your right.

Of course there's heaps more to look at in Akiba - just wander the streets and you'll find out Mr. Green
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Yesterday I spent all day with some friends at the Fujikyu Highlands amusement park ... it has the worlds tallest rollercoaster and a jet ride that goes from 0-100 km/h in 1.8 seconds ... and doesnt stop accelerating untill it hits 174km/h! I went on both.

The first drop on the rollercoaster is insane ... it drops at an angle
of 10 degrees ... its basically like a free fall. For half of the
coaster your ass isnt even in the seat, you're in the air with only
the bar to stop you flying out.

The jet ride is nuts too ... you dont even know what is happening and
suddenly its just like ... BAM! then while going at 174km/h you hit an
almost 90 degree vertical incline ... it feels like hitting a wall and
you are thrown forward ... then you hit the top and the track goes 180
degrees and headds straight down again. I still have a sore neck.

I recommend this place to anyone that doesn't scare easily. It's about 1.5 hours by bus from tokyo (shinjuku). Ticket price is 4900 yen per day including all rides. The bus costs 1700 yen one way. Not cheap, but fun. Anyway's, the park is right near the base of mt fuji and you can get good photos from the ferris wheel.
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That sounds awesome, and the prices aren't overly bad as well. (in comparison to other theme parks) I personally am not a fan of roller coasters but I'd certainly recomend it to people.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hey guys, i'm not sure about Japanese customs regarding photos. Is it alright to take photos in shops in japan?
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Hey guys, i'm not sure about Japanese customs regarding photos. Is it alright to take photos in shops in japan?


In most anime goods shops, they have specific signs (in English, too) forbidding you to take photos. I presume to prevent copying, etc.

In "normal" shops like department stores, restaurants, etc. I haven't seen this restriction.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
andrelimfj wrote:
Hey guys, i'm not sure about Japanese customs regarding photos. Is it alright to take photos in shops in japan?


Outside, it's no different than anywhere else. Inside shops, if you've got a camera hanging around your neck, they'll probably cross their arms and go "no photo! no photo!". At least in smaller shops. In big stores they don't care...

You won't be allowed to take photos at any sort of concert, handshake event, or basically anything to do with celebrities. They make a fortune off charging fans for photos, so... Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
mrgazpacho wrote:
In most anime goods shops, they have specific signs (in English, too) forbidding you to take photos. I presume to prevent copying, etc.

In "normal" shops like department stores, restaurants, etc. I haven't seen this restriction.


It might not be sign-posted, but its a no-no. Of course you can do it, and if they dont see you they wont know. But if they catch you, theyll come over and make big crosses with their arms. Department stores, clothing stores, whatever. Restaurants and bars dont really matter - unless youve gone there for the only purpose of taking pictures? But if you were just there normally with friends taking pictures and stuff its fine.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
El_Haroldo wrote:
Happy birthday Emperor of Japan!

So, what do they do in Japan to celebrate?


Sorry, just noticed this now. The answer is a public holiday, opening the palace to the public, and address from the emperor and not much else.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
andrelimfj wrote:
oh yea, what about Ikebukuro. Is that a good place to shop,
I've heard its better than akihabara for anime goods, is that true?


I've read it's a fangirl paradise, as it's aimed more to them. Didn't go there myself...



*ears perk up* I'm interested. What's there that makes you say its aimed towards fangirls? ^^
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Trunk's Girl wrote:
*ears perk up* I'm interested. What's there that makes you say its aimed towards fangirls? ^^


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12-5-05 (9:23AM EST)---- Otome Road Ikebukuro

As we've previously mentioned, while Akihabara is often associated with male otaku, Tokyo's Ikebukuro area is more and more being recognized as the woman otaku's sacred ground. Livedoor reports the main draw for girls is the large number of yaoi manga and dojin stocked in the numerous bookshops here. From the JR Ikebukuro station east exit it can be found in 10 minutes on foot. This part of Ikebukuro even has a nickname now, "Otome Road (Maiden Road)". The stores "Character Queen", "Animate Ikebukuro Headquarters", "K-BOOKS Animation Pavilion", "Mandarake" etc. can all be found about 200 meters from each other.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hey, who are you calling "it"? Razz

And thanks for the info. Now I get it. ^^;;
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Is there any places good to visit in Kyoto besides the Nijo castle, Kiyomizu temple, golden & silver pavillion? I'm planning to spend 7 days there, so there should be plenty of time to do many things in Kyoto.
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