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Mr. Wendal
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah, but Conan, no offence, but judging from your photos your apartment is less than half the size of mine. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr. Wendal wrote:
Yeah, but Conan, no offence, but judging from your photos your apartment is less than half the size of mine. Smile


Did you get your own apartment though?

And yeah, it was a little rough getting used to it at first. But now, it's fine, and I can ride my bike into the city/work, so I'm down with it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I`m sharing, but i still have a 6 tatami mat sized room, as well as a communal lounge / kitchen / dining area. Anyways I`m paying 59,000 a month but that includes bills and stuff, and the place comes fully furnished.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr. Wendal wrote:
I`m sharing, but i still have a 6 tatami mat sized room, as well as a communal lounge / kitchen / dining area. Anyways I`m paying 59,000 a month but that includes bills and stuff, and the place comes fully furnished.


I'm only paying 42,000 en outa my own pocket Razz Rest the company pays for. But yeah, housing in Tokyo I expect to be more expensive.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
isnt it true that wearing black isnt so great? its associated with death in japan, right? so for preference don't wear black suits to work?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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isnt it true that wearing black isnt so great? its associated with death in japan, right? so for preference don't wear black suits to work?


I've never heard that... better tell those schoolboys they're being unlucky... I saw plenty of men in black suits, though admittedly I think more than a couple were yakuza XD I think they just stick to the Chinese superstitions- white is bad for a wedding (you wear white to a funeral), red is lucky, and 4 and 7 are unlucky since they sound like death (which why you always count with yon and and nana instead of shi and shichi). I can't remember the rest atm...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yuni wrote:
isnt it true that wearing black isnt so great? its associated with death in japan, right? so for preference don't wear black suits to work?


Yeah, I wouldn't worry too much about that one. I see people all the time wearing black suits. Most of the faux pas are like, don't stick your chop sticks in rice when not using them, don't pass food too each other using your chopsticks, ie. someone passes with their chopsticks and the other person grabs it off them using their chopsticks. You shouldn't point at food with your chopsticks ... blah blah, the list goes on :/
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
going to japan in 2 and a bit weeks. going with Melchior_17. going for 2 weeks to Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, Nara to various hotels and homestays. gonna be sweet. im contemplating making a thread/diary of it.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yuni wrote:
isnt it true that wearing black isnt so great? its associated with death in japan, right? so for preference don't wear black suits to work?


It`s only black ties. Dont wear black ties to work (assuming you are a guy.)

Don`t eat on the street or in public. `nother taboo.

Oh, and don`t talk about WW2. That`s always a good one Smile

Oh, and if you buy a phone here be sure to get email, there is nothing like SMS and everyone just emails from their phone instead.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
goddam, it took me ages to look back at this thread. now i have to repack everything and put my black things back in XD
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
reporting from here in japan. my god its hot....sooo humid. been to the essentials in tokyo and am now in fuji.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah, Japanese summer is pretty ****, if I were going to visit Japan, I'd try for autumn, otherwise spring.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
yay! this forum has been really helpfull, i'm currently saving up all my leave (and my most of my cash, but my anime budget keeps dipping into it, plus i just bort a video projector, $1200 later) so i can head over next year around june/july with a mate of mine...

yeah i gotta see fridges and porn in the same shop... that inovation that is... lol

gona try that yamanote line at the busy time too, thats where they have the train conductors push everyone on the train aint it?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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gona try that yamanote line at the busy time too, thats where they have the train conductors push everyone on the train aint it?


ooh, is it? sweet, i'm going to try it!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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gona try that yamanote line at the busy time too, thats where they have the train conductors push everyone on the train aint it?


Yes, yes it is. XD The JR loop line in Tokyo. I never saw the pushing, but that's probably cause I was already on the train by the time it got to the busy stations. People just zone out on the train and ignore everybody else, it's a stark contrast to the other cities, I suppose thats what happens when you live with 27 million other people... Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Personal space is nonexistent here in some places.

1 in 4 japanese women have been groped on the train Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr. Wendal wrote:
Personal space is nonexistent here in some places.

1 in 4 japanese women have been groped on the train Smile


my students told me today that it's ok for me to smack the guy if he groped me. this is good, because i had heard otherwise. the real issue is hitting and yelling at the wrong guy (well, it is a crowded train) and getting sued for attacking a guy randomly.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yuni wrote:

my students told me today that it's ok for me to smack the guy if he groped me. this is good, because i had heard otherwise. the real issue is hitting and yelling at the wrong guy (well, it is a crowded train) and getting sued for attacking a guy randomly.


You should yell, "CHIKAAAANNN!!!" just to emphasise that you are the victim Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
mrgazpacho wrote:
Yuni wrote:

my students told me today that it's ok for me to smack the guy if he groped me. this is good, because i had heard otherwise. the real issue is hitting and yelling at the wrong guy (well, it is a crowded train) and getting sued for attacking a guy randomly.


You should yell, "CHIKAAAANNN!!!" just to emphasise that you are the victim Mr. Green


goddam, the eskimos may have 50 words for snow, but the japanese have a million for "pervert".

/me adds chikan to the list of words to know
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yuni wrote:
mrgazpacho wrote:
Yuni wrote:

my students told me today that it's ok for me to smack the guy if he groped me. this is good, because i had heard otherwise. the real issue is hitting and yelling at the wrong guy (well, it is a crowded train) and getting sued for attacking a guy randomly.


You should yell, "CHIKAAAANNN!!!" just to emphasise that you are the victim Mr. Green


goddam, the eskimos may have 50 words for snow, but the japanese have a million for "pervert".

/me adds chikan to the list of words to know


That is so goddam true.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sweet.

I'm heading over to Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima with a mate in January. It's a two week trip, and we also get a day's stopover in Kuala Lumpur both ways. Most of our accommodation is supplied; we're staying with our exchange student friend in Hiroshima, and his Grandfather in Osaka. Lucky, huh?

What would be some good presents for them? Specifically Mother, Father, Grandfather, younger brother and sister? (probably not teenagers yet)

Also, what's the legal drinking age in Japan?

EDIT: "In January in January"? What am I on?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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What would be some good presents for them? Specifically Mother, Father, Grandfather, younger brother and sister? (probably not teenagers yet)

Also, what's the legal drinking age in Japan?


1) Well for the kids, some furry aussie tourist crap. Little stuffed Koalas (the clip-on type) got lots of smiles for me from helpful strangers when I was there... dunno about the olds though.

2) 20. I highly doubt they'd ID you though, the thought of a bartender in trying to read someones Australian drivers licence in a busy bar cracks me up XD
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Maybe bring some chocolate covered macadamia's or something.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bug Guy wrote:
Sweet.

I'm heading over to Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima with a mate in January. It's a two week trip, and we also get a day's stopover in Kuala Lumpur both ways. Most of our accommodation is supplied; we're staying with our exchange student friend in Hiroshima, and his Grandfather in Osaka. Lucky, huh?

What would be some good presents for them? Specifically Mother, Father, Grandfather, younger brother and sister? (probably not teenagers yet)

Also, what's the legal drinking age in Japan?

EDIT: "In January in January"? What am I on?


Grandparents love homemade stuff. Anything you make or people in your family make. Also golf stuff for fathers. In Japan if a guy dosen't play golf he wants too^^
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
make sure it's really nice quality stuff for a person you're actually staying with @_@ i don't recommend the stuff that you can buy in touristy shops for that. it's godawful compound chocolate on the macadamias. and the fact that they're koala shaped didn't improve matters much.

although, then again, this is the japanese. they open their presents when you're not around, and if you did something wrong, they're too polite to tell you.

but yes, i second the idea for handmade or golfing stuff for the grandfather, and australian cuddly animals for the kids.
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hey guys,

I was just wondering has anyone here had the chance to go on a working holiday to Japan and successfully find a job that isn't teaching english? I'm asking because I have not completed a uni degree, and that seems to be a prerequisite for teaching english over there. If anyone knows of any organisations or websites that may help in finding jobs over there in hospitality or the like let me know.

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hey guys,

I was just wondering has anyone here had the chance to go on a working holiday to Japan and successfully find a job that isn't teaching english? I'm asking because I have not completed a uni degree, and that seems to be a prerequisite for teaching english over there. If anyone knows of any organisations or websites that may help in finding jobs over there in hospitality or the like let me know.

Cheers


Gaijin Pot is probably your best chance. The reason english teaching requires a university degree is more for the visa application than for anything else.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I am going to Japan next year, so i would like someone to post some pics of tokyo, like good places to visit and such.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Depends on what you're looking for.

Akihabara is always recommended for electronics.
Shibuya is good for shopping for fashion (but totally craphouse for action figures) - and is also close to Tokyo University
Ginza, Roppongi and Shinjuku are also widely recommended areas for shopping, clubbing et al. - if in Shinjuku, I recommend checking both sides of the train station - I forget which side it is, but one is nicknamed "Cardboard City" because of all the homeless who squat there.
There's Ueno if you want to go to the zoo or just climb the obscene amount of stairs at the train station...
Ikebukuro was my favourite playground/shopping area.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Akihabara is always recommended for electronics.
Shibuya is good for shopping for fashion
There's Ueno if you want to go to the zoo or just climb the obscene amount of stairs at the train station...
Ikebukuro was my favourite playground/shopping area.


Ah how marvellous is the yamanote line Very Happy .

Akihabara: Make sure you aren't taking sensitive people there some of the stuff just out on the street can get rather vulgar. But otherwise paradise for any otaku.

Shibuya: MUSIC, music central as well as fashion. Im pretty sure you could almost any piece of professionally published music in this place. You spend days searching Tower records alone.

Ueno: The mall out the front of ueno no eki (Ueno Station) is comparable to a more neon adult asakusa markets. Very Happy Honest to god one store on the front said "Love for sale", also there is an uber anime store just across the road from one of the exits to the station.
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oh cool. I will most likely be going and i wanna look for pushies!!
Know where i can find them?
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oh cool. I will most likely be going and i wanna look for pushies!!
Know where i can find them?


You'll find it a bit more difficult than you'd think finding plushies. Most of the types you can buy here (from say, Tamarket) are exclusive to UFO catcher machines in Japan, and aren't available retail. That isn't to say there aren't plushies, just don't expect them to be overflowing onto the street.

You probably shouldn't have your heart set on bringing home many anyway, as you'll run out of space in your luggage long before you'll run out of money. Razz
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You probably shouldn't have your heart set on bringing home many anyway, as you'll run out of space in your luggage long before you'll run out of money. Razz


I suggest to any anime fan that they take at least 1 spare empty bag with them.
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if in Shinjuku, I recommend checking both sides of the train station - I forget which side it is, but one is nicknamed "Cardboard City" because of all the homeless who squat there.


I saw quite a few under the TMG building.

Raven Xavier wrote:
I suggest to any anime fan that they take at least 1 spare empty bag with them.


Or suitcase. How much is it in Japan to ship things back here via snail mail?
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Raven Xavier wrote:
I suggest to any anime fan that they take at least 1 spare empty bag with them.


Or suitcase. How much is it in Japan to ship things back here via snail mail?


I know it's quite a bit as one of our friends bought 3 big zoids and had to send em back.
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Or suitcase. How much is it in Japan to ship things back here via snail mail?


It's enough to make it probably not worth it. Hence why I consider the best time to go to Japan is their summer, as you don't have to pack many clothes at all Razz

The luggage rules for Qantas/JAL are one full size suitcase (20kg), one overhead luggage bag and one small bag (backpack purse etc). Take a duffelbag in the suitcase when you go over, so you can stuff that in the overhead compartment on your way back. The other airlines would have a similar set of rules I suppose...
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The funny thing is that you're more likely to be able to "buy" anime plush outside of Japan than within Japan.

Anime plush in Japan are mostly marketted as prize items, so you have to take your chances with the UFO catcher machines - of course if you're good like me you can come back with scores of them for cheap. Very Happy

I believe it's the east side of Shinjuku station are where all the ppl living in cardboards are.. I dunno when I walk past them but don't really pay that much attention, although it's amazing what kind of shelter you can make out of cardboard.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
buy those vacuum bags, put your plushies in em and suck all the air out of 'em
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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buy those vacuum bags, put your plushies in em and suck all the air out of 'em


2nded they're worth their weight in gold.
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I have heard that eating in Japan is really expensive. But i read online that it is actually pretty cheap if you know where to find the places to eat.

Where do you suggest I find food in Tokyo.
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Where do you suggest I find food in Tokyo.


Anywhere that doesn't have an english name. Wink Eat where the locals eat, and you'll pay the same you would here. Failing that, McDonalds or instant food from convenience stores (THEY'RE ACTUALLY CONVENIENT THERE!).
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Food? Look for ramen joints! They should all have signs that look like this:



Course the menu's may be in japanese, just point to something and say "kore o kudasai" (this please) or, if you are feeling adventurous, say "nan demo ii ne" (anything is good). A lot of these places have picture menus anyway.

Other good cheap places, Yoshinoya or Matsuya. They have signs in english, menus with pictures and serve mainly beef and rice dishes.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
As odd as it sounds the thought of japanese quisine every day can be daunting. So keep in mind Japan has it's fair stock of western style food places. Japan has a strong chain of "Denny's family restaurants" going and macdonalds is always good espcially because.
1. The food is quite cheap
2. wifi hotspots
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
i actually thought all the food in japan was relatively cheap.

my favourite here is Pepper Lunch - beef meals served on a hotplate which you then cook yourself. You can generally get a meal and a drink with a free side of rice for about 1000 yen ($13?).

plus it has a points card - like everything here.
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Raven Xavier
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
If you wanna go upclass meal i can suggest some styles.
Shabu Shabu. (any place that provides a traditional shabu shabu experience is well worth the price as the food is often absolutley splendid with high quality beef.

I can't believe this but i have had a mind blank as to what the placve is where you cook the meet on a frying pan in front of you but it is as good as shabu shabu.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Raven Xavier wrote:
I can't believe this but i have had a mind blank as to what the placve is where you cook the meet on a frying pan in front of you but it is as good as shabu shabu.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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?

About Akihabara, is there really anime cafes in the street?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr. Wendal wrote:
Raven Xavier wrote:
I can't believe this but i have had a mind blank as to what the placve is where you cook the meet on a frying pan in front of you but it is as good as shabu shabu.


Yakiniku


if you want to eat Korean food ....
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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...

andrelimfj wrote:
About Akihabara, is there really anime cafes in the street?


Not quite. I'd say 60% of Akihabara is electronics and electrical appliances, 30% anime/manga/H (many stores specifically H), and 10% other (food and such, including said cafes).

Oh, and regarding cheap food again, plenty of little shops have a vending machine at the front which you put your money into to get a ticket, which you then give to the chef in exchange for the food. All you need to do is say thanks. It couldn't be easier...
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Raven Xavier
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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?

About Akihabara, is there really anime cafes in the street?


Yes there is. Maids are in adbundance and if you want directions tothe 17 big ones in the area just add me to msn or pm me.
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