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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:56 pm    Post subject: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" thread Reply with quote
I'll be able to tick off one of the many aspirations of my life as I will be heading to Tokyo in June. From what I gather, I should at least visit akihabara (Electric Town). I have many questions because I'm quite inexperienced in the workings of Japan so if anyone who has been to Japan, would kindly answer some of my questions.

1.I'll be looking to get a nice digital camera. I presume akihabara is the place to go but do you have any tips on purchasing a digital camera such as what to look for and what not to look for? And will the camera be compatible with Australian components.

2.Where should I go to find all the anime paraphernalia such as figurines, artbooks...you know, just anime stuff Smile

3.What would be the ideal place to purchase J-pop/rock, well of course a music store Razz but where are the best places.

4.What about sight-seeing? What interesting places can I see. (this is mostly for my parents) Smile

5.Are there hot springs in Tokyo

Sorry for the numerous questions but I'm so excited. I can finally tick off something on my "to do list".

EDIT: 6.Anyone know good places to get car performance gear?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
1) Buy an International Version of the camera, as the manual will have english and will be compatible (after buying a plug adaptor) with our power. Another $100 or so will get you an international warranty.

2) Akihabara.

3) Bookoff. A chain of 2nd hand cd/book/games stores that sell cds for as cheap as AUS$10. There is one in Harajuku... which also happens to be jrock capital of Japan, as it's home to legions of cosplayers and gothlolis every Sunday, and a dozen or more shops dedicated to it.

4) Go to JTB (Japan Tourist Bureau), there are a few in Australia. They have packages for tours, accommodation etc... we went with them and didn't regret it for a second.

5) lol. Are there mountain resorts in the middle of Sydney or Melbourne? Wink

6) Not really in the city itself. My advice is check with car nuts on their forums as they'd have the addresses and stuff. Be mindful that you wouldn't be able to buy alot of stuff to bring back since you're only allowed 20kg suitcase and hand luggage... and your Japanese will have to be good if you wanna arrange to send it home yourself.

I'm going to sticky this thread, because I'm sick of typing these answers over and over.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank You Mr Waffle for all the info and sorry to bother you with the same questions as others.

Once again, I'm grateful for your answers. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:20 pm    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
ssj3majin_vegeta wrote:
EDIT: 6.Anyone know good places to get car performance gear?


Like what and for what car in particular? The cheapest stores with the most stuff are out in the suburbs (best one I know of is halfway back to Narita near Aoto station) if you could be bothered. There's some bigger but more epensive ones closer to the city that are pretty good though.

Akihabara is great, but I've been told by a local to try Nakano next time, because you can supposedly get really good secondhand stuff cheap.

I'm going to Japan again in a fortnight, but I won't have time to do anything anime related, unfortunately. Mad
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Is it true that June is the rain season? Sad I wouldn't want my stuff getting wet. I don't think I'll bother with the car parts, I'll just splash out on anime and electronic stuff. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
InGram wrote:
I'm going to Japan again in a fortnight, but I won't have time to do anything anime related, unfortunately. Mad


Curse you!

(take pictures pls)

June... is summer there. So... be prepared for Darwin-esqe climate. You'll need a small handtowel to wipe your forehead every 5 mins, and for THE LOVE OF JEEBUS take some deoderant, cause theirs is karp. As for getting wet, take a mini-umbrella. If you forget you can buy one dirt cheap at a combini, everyone else there does.

Closer to the date I'll put up a mini-map I made for one of my friends of some great places in Tokyo.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:04 pm    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
Closer to the date I'll put up a mini-map I made for one of my friends of some great places in Tokyo.


Thanks Mr Waffle. Since your so helpful, If I can/remember I'll bring you back something. But like you said, it's still a while till June so I have to be reminded closer to the date.

EDIT: If I went to a music store and wrote "Move" down on a notepad, would they understand that I was looking for Move CD's. What else should I write because "Move" is a term which may confuse them as they might think I'm asking them to actually move.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
ssj3majin_vegeta wrote:
EDIT: If I went to a music store and wrote "Move" down on a notepad, would they understand that I was looking for Move CD's. What else should I write because "Move" is a term which may confuse them as they might think I'm asking them to actually move.


The band is actually called Move, so saying that would be enough for them. Just make sure you say english words slowly so they can understand, and make it appear you're looking for something Razz they'll understand.

Most important word ever: "sumimasen!" (excuse/pardon me) {pronounced sue-mi-ma-sen said fast} for attention, or if you bump someone etc... same deal you'd use excuse me here. That to get the shop keepers attention, then have the dazed tourist look on your face while asking where something is. Then thank them Razz (if you don't know thankyou, pay more attention to anime dammit)

But if in doubt, write down names of every band you're looking for, nearly every Japanese persons written english is better than their spoken.

Also- always, always, always smile and be nice. They'll throw themselves onto the ground for you to use them as carpet if you're polite about it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:18 pm    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
then have the dazed tourist look on your face while asking where something is.


For people who look western, the japanese people would recognise as gaijin. But I'm asian so they might mistake me for an impolite, stupid japanese person because I can't understand/speak japanese or know their customs.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 2:21 pm    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
ssj3majin_vegeta wrote:
For people who look western, the japanese people would recognise as gaijin. But I'm asian so they might mistake me for an impolite, stupid japanese person because I can't understand/speak japanese or know their customs.


hahaha hmm. I went with an asian girl and they always spoke Japanese to her XD so I was always the one to go up to people and talk. Hmm. Maybe if you wear an Australian flag tshirt? XD

You can buy lots of tourist-friendly Japanese books. A few key phrases are all you need to survive Smile actually, there's a website with a list, I'll find it and get back to you tonight. Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
hahaha hmm. I went with an asian girl and they always spoke Japanese to her XD so I was always the one to go up to people and talk. Hmm. Maybe if you wear an Australian flag tshirt? XD


hahaha Very Happy Maybe on top of that, I can wear a sticker with the word "GAIJIN" and add a few koala pictures and I'm set.

Mr Waffle wrote:
You can buy lots of tourist-friendly Japanese books. A few key phrases are all you need to survive Smile actually, there's a website with a list, I'll find it and get back to you tonight. Razz


I have the lonley planet Japanese phrasebook but the website would also be much appreciated. ^_^
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
ssj3majin_vegeta wrote:
I have the lonley planet Japanese phrasebook but the website would also be much appreciated. ^_^


Fortunately I didn't have to go through many irc logs to find it. Razz

http://www.angelfire.com/geek/tetrisnomiko/japan/phrase.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
http://www.angelfire.com/geek/tetrisnomiko/japan/phrase.html wrote:
How long is your penis? (in cm) - "Ochinchin wa nan senchi?"
Hands off my breasts! - "Mune o sawaru na!"
I’m practically wetting my pants… - "Moresoo…"
Seek. Locate. Exterminate. - "Sagashite. Mitsukete. Massatsu stuff"
Anime guys are so hot - "Anime no otoko wa choo kakkoii"


The classic phrases are...well...classic, hahaha Laughing. Thanks a bunch Mr Waffle.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This thread has been a great help to me... I'm planning to travel to Japan 'cause they have greater demand for IT jobs (same as the US), but I prefer to go to Japan as it's closer and I know people there...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
DarkBlastoise wrote:
This thread has been a great help to me... I'm planning to travel to Japan 'cause they have greater demand for IT jobs (same as the US), but I prefer to go to Japan as it's closer and I know people there...


It's all thanks to Mr Waffle and Ingram, this thread wouldn't be very helpful without their contribution.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
If you want to see a car store that's easy to get to and makes you go OMGWTF, go to the Super Autobacs in Tokyo Bay. Here's a map. They've got all sorts of awesome stuff. You must buy yourself a cup holder. Trust me...

Take the Rinkai line from either Osaki station (which is on the Yamanote line) or Shin-Kiba station and get off at Shinonome. From the platform, if you look around, you should see a big building with "SUPER AUTOBACS" written on it. Go there. Very Happy Shouldn't take much time out of your day, unless you can't tear yourself away from it. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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If you want to see a car store that's easy to get to and makes you go OMGWTF, go to the Super Autobacs in Tokyo Bay. Here's a map. They've got all sorts of awesome stuff. You must buy yourself a cup holder. Trust me...


I can tell just from the name that I have to go there XD Buy me a big bag of Skyline goodies while you're there pls XD
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank You so much Ingram, I'll definately check it out. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
hello everyone.I got back from my trip yesterday I enjoyed myself.
If you do not speak japanese take maps of where you are going and
be polite they were happy to point me in the right dirrection.
Kyoto, there in the Sanjo st market area I found a manga store,
just down a little a anime DVD store and down a little more there were figurines and models.For that person who was after school girl uniforms the other week,one of the stalls had some of them. Also Tezuka Osamu World its astro boy and others .Its right near Kyoto train station
Nagoya,I went to mandarake's the store is only about 3*9 meters but
its goes up 8-9 floors .Also world expo very bussy lots and lots of people.
Tokyo,also I went to mandarake's at Shibuya,Akihabara and Nakano.
If you just want to look go to Nakano there is lots of things over a large
area. Akihabara also found stores that started with anime DVD's on the
first floor.Second floor turned into anime porn.Third floor real people
porn.Fourth floor more real poeple porn plus school girl uniforms didn't
go up any more floors .
All together I brought 15 figurines did sight seeing and come home happy
want more could you want.!!! thank you
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
just watchen wrote:
Akihabara also found stores that started with anime DVD's on the first floor.Second floor turned into anime porn.Third floor real people porn.Fourth floor more real poeple porn plus school girl uniforms didn't go up any more floors .


bahahaha XD yeah, those stores are... amusing... in the end the girl I went to Japan with sent me to check out each store first XD
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Are under 18's allowed to enter those stores in Japan? I'm asking cause I want to buy the anime DVD's, I swear 8-[ .
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
ssj3majin_vegeta wrote:
Are under 18's allowed to enter those stores in Japan? I'm asking cause I want to buy the anime DVD's, I swear 8-[ .


*shrug* don't see why not, the anime is before the porn anyway...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That reminds me, any useful phrases for talking to girls?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:40 am    Post subject: Re: The Official "I'm going to Japan, help pls" th Reply with quote
1. I would actually buy my camera here.

2. Animate, mandrake and Gamers are the stores for anime. They are everywhere. The Mandrake at the shopping center the first stop on the line to mitaka from shinjuku was the best I found.

3. I don't know.

4. Tokyo Tower, Imperial Gardens, Meiji shrine, day trip to Nikko, Ghiblio museum at mitaka.

5. I don't think so, but there may be some bathhouses.

6. Don't know.

Oh, and get the JR rail pass. It is worth it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
when i was in japan with my mum she decided to go and look at some manga stores near the kaminarimon (big lantern) for me...... she return deeply scared
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Oh, and get the JR rail pass. It is worth it.


Unless you know for a fact that you will be getting on a shinkansen *at least* twice on your trip, and preferably for long distances, they are not worth it. Especially in some areas where JR may not be the closest line to where you're staying/going to. I lived there and only used JR a handful of times. My parents came to Japan with them, and I ended up feeling bad for them that they spent the money on it.
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It's so funny when people say how confusing the train system is... obviously if you're not paying the slightest bit of attention to the large english signs, the english ticket machines, the train station attendants who speak english... Rolling Eyes I found so many tourists were shocking at this. They simply couldn't come to grips with the fact that Japan wasn't designed for them and refused to conform to the Japanese way of doing things.

All you need to do is pick up one of the maps from the airport with the different stations (there are english ones) and pick which colour goes there... if it's the green Yamanote line you're in luck since that's JR. If it's not, well then your pass is a waste of yen cause it only covers JR. There are heaps of local private companies that service Tokyo, like the subway that goes from Shibuya to Asakusa and stuff that you might need to use.

Basically... look at the map, pic the colour you need, and follow the coloured signs... at the ticket machine buy the cheapest ticket, then at your destination put your ticket into the correction machines and pay more if you need to. It's a brilliantly easy system that will leave you cursing Melbourne and Sydney's when you return Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
just watchen wrote:
Akihabara also found stores that started with anime DVD's on the
first floor.Second floor turned into anime porn.Third floor real people
porn.Fourth floor more real poeple porn plus school girl uniforms didn't
go up any more floors .

HAHAHA I remeber going to that store with this girl from england that i met, it was funny the look on her face was priceless
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
If you plan on staying in Tokyo the JR pass might not be worth it. If you plan on leaving it at all it is definetly worth it. Outside of Tokyo and Osaka the vast majority of the lines are JR. I used my JR pass to get around tokyo. Stay at the Sawanoya in Ueno. It is a 20 minute walk, and then use the Yamanoto line to get to all the main areas in Tokyo. You might have to walk a bit further, but you get to see lots of interesting stuff.

The advantage of the pass in Tokyo is you can get up in the morning and decide to visit some little place about 300k away (Nikko, Fuji etc) and just jump on a train and go.

I spent 2 weeks in Japan last July and was on the shinkansen 2-3 times a day for at least half of my time there. Stay in Okayama and Hiroshima-Himeji are all half day trips. Stay in Osaka and the entire of Kansai is a possible day trip (Kyoto, Kobe, Nara etc). In Osaka I recoment the Buisness Hotel Nissei.

The Japanese train system is Very easy. You walk up to the ticket machines. Find your station, find your destination, and buy the appropriatly priced ticket. I don't see how people can be confused.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
My trip to Japan is now postponed to November or even next year because I'm now importing a car before the 15 year old import law in officially cut off. Sad
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
MR_MR2 wrote:
just watchen wrote:
Akihabara also found stores that started with anime DVD's on the
first floor.Second floor turned into anime porn.Third floor real people
porn.Fourth floor more real poeple porn plus school girl uniforms didn't
go up any more floors .

HAHAHA I remeber going to that store with this girl from england that i met, it was funny the look on her face was priceless


I swear I went to the same store (actually, four of them)... Akihabara is an odd place, One of them actually started at anime and went Down to porn, as opposed to up.

But was amusing. Was with two friends of mine, did the whole "oh, anime" 'kay lets go up..."

"riiiiight..."

"The next floor will be ok"

more porn...

"Next floor"

More porn...

We got the elevator down. Very Happy

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The best one was the one that started with Whitegoods on ground level... we didnt get to the top...

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Regarding places to go in Tokyo tho.

The Emperors palace was cool,

Tokyo Tower has an awesome night view

Yokohama Chinatown... Massive Chinatown!!

Akihabara - You just havent experianced Japan until youve seen fridges and porn in the same store.

Kita-senjuu (its in Ueno... we saw homeless people and slept in a room that was less wide than I was tall.

Hon-Atsugi - Im saying this because I love the place, not only does it have enough all-you-can drink bars to visit a different one every time you get "requested not to return" but its also a nice small place that has everything you want. (And its right near Shohoku Tankidaigaku - a short term university with an 80% female student body)



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For manga and CDs - Book-Off

Mr.Waffle mentioned it. But this place is beautiful... The whole set of Samurai Deeper Kyo for 13 bucks?? sure.

18 volumes of Black Cat... yeah, we have them...


Ahh, I loved Book-Off. (Just look for the giant "hon")

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Trains arent difficult. Just make sure you ride the Yamanote line during the morning rush into Tokyo... Its... an experiance.

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Now for some questions of my own...

If one were to say, go to Japan for a year's worth of study... and my airfare/rent/food/tuition costs are all covered by the government... Is there anything I should know...

I assume at least one person here has recieved one of these scholarships before (its not like they are hard to get)... but yeah, I should be jetting off in September and was just wondering about anything that might crop up that I havent considered.

I'll be in Kumamoto and Ive already taken a look at thier local dialect (hoo-ray for the South!!)

But yeah, Ive never been for more than a few weeks before, and I assume "living" in Japan is different from going out drinking every second night.

Basically, all I want to know are some handy hints for surviving an extended stay.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This is probably becoming a cliche really fast, but, have you had any of the penis-grabbing, kancho-ing, etc experiences like http://outpostnine.com/editorials/teacher.htmlThis guy? Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I am of the black persuasion and some of that reminds me of my travels in Japan When ever I was in a bath in a hotel and there were other men in the room they would all try to take a lot at what I bring to the party, some were subtle some were not so subtle. Some female friends of mine said that women would grab their breasts and compare sizes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Slowpoke99 wrote:
This is probably becoming a cliche really fast, but, have you had any of the penis-grabbing, kancho-ing, etc experiences like http://outpostnine.com/editorials/teacher.htmlThis guy? Razz


No, I'm not placed in a (junior) high school. I'm working for a company, so most of the people I teach are office ladies and house wives. So not penis grabbing experiences yet ... and don't think I'm not dissapointed Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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When ever I was in a bath in a hotel and there were other men in the room they would all try to take a lot at what I bring to the party


bahahaha. XD

I spoke to this (well, not exactly this Razz) with my Japanese teacher, she told me it's a normal thing for Japanese people to comment on the appearance of others (ie if you're tall they won't hide their shock and curiosity). I suppose it's because they're a culture that isn't quite so bogged down with shame about their bodies...

I didn't get much of it though (except from little kids in smaller towns). Gaijin are just too damned common there, now Razz when my mum (short n little aussie with red-brown hair) went in '91 she had women come up to her on the trains and touch her hair in amazement XD;; and every day someone would come up to her and offer to show her around the city, just so they could practice their english.

My how times have changed...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr Waffle wrote:
I suppose it's because they're a culture that isn't quite so bogged down with shame about their bodies...



I don't know about that. I still hear alot of japanese women saying how they need to lose weight and go on diets. Or how they don't want to go to Australia, cause japanese that go to australia come back fat. Hell I think the fact that most of them are fairly thin is an indication that they still have body image issues just like the rest of the world.

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and every day someone would come up to her and offer to show her around the city, just so they could practice their english.

My how times have changed...


While it might not be everyday, I have people come upto me and ask if I need help, and I'm pretty sure it's just so they can use english .. cause how many people walk around in suits as tourists and what not?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Hell I think the fact that most of them are fairly thin is an indication that they still have body image issues just like the rest of the world.


Well, them all being skinny would be a genetic and dietary issue, but that's not what I meant by being ashamed of their bodies. In western cultures (those influenced by Christianity), nudity is generally 'disgusting' and 'sinful'- whereas the Japanese are much more accepting of it, what with public baths, much more freely-available pornography, more sexually explicit tv etc... my point is, Japanese of all ages aren't quite as stuffy about getting their kit off Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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much more freely-available pornography, more sexually explicit tv etc... my point is, Japanese of all ages aren't quite as stuffy about getting their kit off Razz


But the porn here sucks :/
It's illegal to show graphic depictions of genitalia, so it's all the good bits are blurred out n **** Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:16 pm    Post subject: ... Reply with quote
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But the porn here sucks :/
It's illegal to show graphic depictions of genitalia, so it's all the good bits are blurred out n **** Sad

I know this is a bit off topic, but I was under the assumption it was illegal to show graphic depictions of pubic hair. Please enlighten me as to the true nature of this bit of Japanese trivia.
On topic, how hard is it for a Gaijin to find an appartment in Tokyo, and what are the sort of prices for something out of the city, but close to the rail-line (any public rail-line, I not concerned who runs it)?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:58 am    Post subject: Re: ... Reply with quote
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lordCONAN wrote:
But the porn here sucks :/
It's illegal to show graphic depictions of genitalia, so it's all the good bits are blurred out n **** Sad

I know this is a bit off topic, but I was under the assumption it was illegal to show graphic depictions of pubic hair. Please enlighten me as to the true nature of this bit of Japanese trivia.
On topic, how hard is it for a Gaijin to find an appartment in Tokyo, and what are the sort of prices for something out of the city, but close to the rail-line (any public rail-line, I not concerned who runs it)?


As far as I know it is any genitalia, but hey, I haven't looked into it all that closely, cause as far as I've seen, most porn has pubic hair, so all the porn I have seen (which admitedly is limited in regards to Japanese) has been censored.

As for an apartment. You might want to check out the let's japan forum, and maybe ask there. My apartment was arranged, that and I live in Hiroshima, so I couldn't tell you a thing about Tokyo sorry.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think the censorship of porn is tradition, and not actually required by law (as there are uncensored PSP pornos coming out), much like the agreement between the car companies to limit the power output of their sports cars.

As for Tokyo apartments... from what I've been told (by a cool old guy I spoke to in Tokyo), it's a case of either knowing someone or selling your spleen, unless you're willing to live in the concrete jungles that occupy the Greater Tokyo area (half hour+ outside of the centre). For those, I dunno... thats where the poor people live so I guess it's affordable Razz

IIRC you'll need references to get an apartment in the city (hence the knowing someone beforehand) and a hefty deposit. The example I was given was that a decent 1 bedroom apartment with its own bathroom in Ueno (an inner city suburb) would set you back something like $50,000 a year. Hence, why the kids live at home until they get married (sometimes longer).

Edit: heaps of info on the net. ie

http://www.oakhouse.jp/english/index.html

just check google!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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and a hefty deposit


And by deposit, it usually means key money ... which you will see very little of returned when you decide to move out :/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I found Shinagawa a really convenient spot to stay in Tokyo (assuming a short hotel-based stay, not long-term). It's at the bottom of the circle of the Yamanote line and sort of halfway between everything in Tokyo. So whether you're travelling to Akihabara/Ueno or the CBD/Shinjuku its a short train trip on the main JR line.

Of course there's nothing really much of interest in Shinagawa itself, it's just a good central point. The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is great and it's about 50 metres from the main JR train station. Though of course there are more elite hotels in Shinjuku/Akasaka I found SPH to be just right, their multi-style partitioned restaurant at the top is amazing and will let you try out a dozen different types of Nihon ryori without ever leaving the hotel.

Only get a JR pass if you're doing 2+ decent distance Shinkansen trips.

The Lonely Planet guidebook is well worth its weight in gold.

Sightseeing for culture? Tokyo's not the best place for that but some places:
1) Do the Sumida river cruise up to Asakusa and visit the Temple, that place is hilarious
2) Meiji Temple - be prepared for a long walk to the temple proper
3) National gardens in Shinjuku (Shinjuku Gyoen) - just relax in the sun on the grass, take a book
4) Ueno park and museums (this is 1-2 days worth of material minimum, don't plan on seeing much in 1 afternoon)
5) Ginza - go at early night when everything glows like its on fire
6) Back to Ginza again for Kabuki (do the Sunrise Tour, cheap)
7) People say Shinjuku just for shopping but I found the shops there to be a bit hard to enjoy, unlike Akihabara where everything is very accessible.
Cool Absolute tonne of museums in Tokyo spread out all over the place and on every subject you can imagine
9) I guess Tokyo Tower, just to say you've been.

In general though the Kansai region is superior with places like Kyoto, Nara, Himeji. Or further south to Hiroshima.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The Lonely Planet guidebook is well worth its weight in gold.


I can't agree more.

Definitely go to Odaiba. There are shopping, museum, the Sega Joypolis (bit like what Sega World used to be, I think), lots of photo opportunities, extraordinary architectural design and a perfect night view of the Rainbow Bridge.

The Metropolitan Government Office in Shinjuku is the place to go if you want 360 degree panoramic view of Tokyo from 45 floors up. Make sure to visit both the North and South Tower. Best of all, it's FREE! Saved us a couple thousand yen from visiting the Tokyo Tower.

Sony has a showroom in Ginza. Just don't expect a PS3, though. Panasonic also has one in Odaiba.

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As for apartments in tokyo ... youd sorta have to be nuts to live in the tokyo CBD.

I live in a place called Tsujido, in Kanagawa prefecture. It takes me about 1 hour by train to get to downtown Tokyo ... thats nothing. Some people in melbourne drive an hour to work every day. Just buy a Gameboy or Ipod or something. Or do what the locals do and catch up on some sleep.

Get an apartment in the concrete jungle like me ... actually the area i live in is quite beautiful (its very close to enoshima beach and touristy places like Kamakura) wheras if you live closer to tokyo you`ll see nothing but urban wasteland. It`s not really the most beautiful country in the world.

As for cost of apartments ... for 1 person in Kanagawa-ken you`re probably looking at paying 40,000-60,000 yen a month. ($500-$700AUS)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mr. Wendal wrote:
As for cost of apartments ... for 1 person in Kanagawa-ken you`re probably looking at paying 40,000-60,000 yen a month. ($500-$700AUS)


My apartment, which is maybe 15 minute walk to downtown Hiroshima costs 60,000en/month.
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