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Self guided hikes in Japan?

Next summer, a friend of mine and I will be traveling in Japan. We would like to do a combination of cultural tourism and hiking, so our preference would be to choose bases from which it would be easy to do day hikes. Our preference is for longer and/or more strenuous day hikes. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Nov 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you identify the Japanese trawler in this 1957 photo?

This Japanese trawler was photographed in the North Pacific, probably not too far from the southern end of the Kamchatka Peninsula, in late June 1957. Its name may have been something like Hokusen Maru. Its home port may have been Hakodate. I want to find anyone who was part of its crew when the photo was taken. [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Nov 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Food Glorious Food

If you wanted to have one really memorable meal in Tokyo and another one in Kyoto where would you go? [more inside]
posted by brookeb on Nov 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Can I get English-language service for my Japanese PS4?

So: my 2-month-old PS4 has broken down, with error CE-34878-0 across all applications. Sony US normally replaces machines that have this issue. My problem: I have a Japanese PS4, and Sony US refuses to service it. Sony Japan could probably help, but I don't speak Japanese (and I live in the US). What can I do? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Nov 7, 2015 - 4 answers

I can't just ask people why they smell so good

Every time I'm in Japan, there is a certain scent that I really love, but I can't figure out what it is and where to buy it. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Nov 3, 2015 - 18 answers

Japan on the cheap with a young teenager

My 7th grader is fascinated with Japan and Japanese culture and has been asking for a long time if we can go to Japan. I've never traveled overseas and have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Oct 17, 2015 - 25 answers

I need a fabulous gift for my future in-laws

During my upcoming trip to Japan, I will be staying with my boyfriend's parents. Please help me get them a gift that says "thank you for taking the trouble of having me, and I'm the perfect daughter-in-law." [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Oct 12, 2015 - 13 answers

More Japan: How do you nap in a ryokan?

Since Maximian is asking about Japan just down the page, and since we'll be traveling there with our (older) daughter at that same time, and since my question regards ryokan as well... Thought I'd better ask: How does one stretch out and nap in a ryokan (during the day)? Since the bedding is brought out in the evening, I'm wondering what to do if I want a brief respite or a horizontal read before the bedding is available.
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Where to stay in the Mt Fuji area of Japan

Myself, my wife, and our 3-year-old daughter will be traveling in Japan in late October/early November, and we're interested in spending 2 nights in natural surroundings. The Mt Fuji area, specifically Hakone, is the leading candidate, but many of the ryokans are either booked or don't allow small children. Any advice on specific places to stay or alternative/similar destinations? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Oct 7, 2015 - 6 answers

What's interesting in Tokyo these days?

I'm going to be spending a week in Tokyo Oct 23-30, and my plan is mainly to eat delicious food and wander around. I lived there for 2 years 1997-99 so I've pretty much seen all the major tourist stuff. Current locals, what are your favorite things to do or eat? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Teaching English with a CELTA as a career?

My job prospects back home (in the US) are not looking good. I taught English in South Korea for three years, and now I'm thinking of heading back to somewhere in Asia to teach English again. This time, however, I'd like to do it for real by getting a CELTA and finding a "real job" as opposed to the dead-end hagwon stuff I did in Korea. How realistic is this plan? [more inside]
posted by EmptyEmpire on Sep 22, 2015 - 6 answers

American bacon in Tokyo?

My Japanese-American friend who moved back to Japan about ten years ago has been harassing me ever since for certain American-style products. Does anyone know a Japanese source for properly cured pork? Nothing fancy, just standard smoked slices. Alternatively, does anyone have a way to get cheap legal American meat into Japanese hands without too much hassle? Since my friend is behaving a lot like a desperate junky, I will assume he is willing to pay a premium for this service.
posted by Area Control on Sep 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Are shinkansen seat reservations a good idea during off-peak seasons?

Traveling to Japan for the first time in October! We (party of 2) have JR Passes, which apparently means we can board non-reserved shinkansen cars w/o any interaction with ticket booth staff. The question is, is this wise, or are we still likely to find ourselves standing or split up on some trains? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Sep 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Can I Blame This on USPS Being Self-Funded?

I (an American) am trying to visit the Saiho-ji (Koke-dera) temple in Kyoto in November. It only accepts reservations by International Reply Coupon, which the USPS no longer sells as of 2013. What is the fastest and cheapest way for me to send a self-addressed stamped postcard or similar to Japan? Possible solutions, none of which are great: [more inside]
posted by Atrahasis on Sep 18, 2015 - 7 answers

English language job in Japan that is not teaching

I have been offered the dream position for me - teaching English in Japan. It is with a good school, I have up to two years to take up the offer, and there is a visa attached which will also mean my son and husband can come as dependents. And if we went it would be for a number of years, at least. Only fly in the ointment is what is my husband going to do with himself? [more inside]
posted by thepuppetisasock on Sep 15, 2015 - 18 answers

Mystery toy from Japan - what do I do with it?

What is this? A friend of mine got this in Japan, from one of those machines where you put in a coin and crank the knob, and out pops a little prize. He and I can't read Japanese. [more inside]
posted by curagea on Aug 25, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I replicate this amazing chicken soup?

At a restaurant called Toritama in Tokyo, I had the most amazing chicken soup ever. It was a really flavourful chicken broth, with shreds of very tender chicken - I would say poached, except that some of the bits had skin still attached and the skin was crisp as if it had been grilled. Also some well-cooked rice. The thing that I particularly remember is that the broth was so rich that it left your lips feeling sticky! It was called something like "Tokyo chicken soup". [more inside]
posted by ontheradio on Aug 18, 2015 - 14 answers

What are the deadlines & travel times for Japanese takkyubin services?

I'm having trouble finding the answer to a few specific questions about takkyubin services around Japan, re: transit time & how early your luggage needs dropping off. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Where can I find Tetsuya Noguchi's Chakukabuto warrior cat?

I have stumbled upon an awesome poster, but most info is in Japanese. I would like to know if anyone knows where I can but a printout or lithograph of this poster. The poster in question is this one. From what I have managed to deduce it is actually a modern painting (judging by this article), so I figured that maybe it is available somewhere, but does anyone know?
posted by Niklas on Aug 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Ant-man English Version in Tokyo?

Can I view an English language version of Ant-Man at a theatre in Tokyo this week? Japanese subtitles not a problem of course.
posted by Hugobaron on Jul 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Japan Itinerary: I'm Stuck

Hoping you can help me finish out my Japan trip itinerary for late October/early November. I think I've got it all worked out, but need to wrap up with an awesome 2 nights... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jul 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Introducing honoured guests

I am responsible for introducing (in English) a number of honoured guests from Japan at an event in Canada. I am looking for the appropriate English honorifics (His Excellency, Her Honour, etc) for some specific government officials, as well as some general honorifics. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Which currency should I use in Japan?

I am going to Japan soon, and will be there for a month. The answer is yen, obviously. But I have American and Australian dollars/bank accounts and can't figure out which one I should use. [more inside]
posted by flora on Jun 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Can't decide between Hakone and Himeji!

I can't decide between doing a day trip from Osaka to Himeji and doing a day trip from Tokyo to Hakone. Can you please help, given the following facts? [more inside]
posted by paperback version on Jun 29, 2015 - 13 answers

A week in Tokyo: Baby and Toddler edition

For my 40th birthday coming up I've asked for a trip to Tokyo with the family for a week. We previously spent 3 days in Kyoto and loved it, staying at the Hotel Granvia. I'm planning the Tokyo trip and looking for options for accommodation and things to do/see with the kids. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Jun 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Converting from UK to Japanese power?

I'm travelling from the UK to Japan in November, and have just realised that the mains supply stuff we are taking with us (phone/tablet charger with USB cable, camera battery charger for a Canon dslR) will require voltage conversion, not just an adaptor plug. This confuses me a little bit. Are there any recommended converters I should be looking at that will easily pack into luggage, or should I be looking at getting a Japanese usb charger/camera battery charger off of eBay before we go? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Tokyo Tatami Tips

Going to Tokyo for 6 nights, for the first time in 15 years, in July. Would like to do a hotel tour of sorts. What's hot, quirky, or interesting in the Tokyo hotel scene now? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Help planning a trip to Japan in July

I have the opportunity (but not the requirement) to go to Tokyo in July for work. Help me decide where to go and what to do! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Origami paper patterns: what are these?

I'm folding a thousand origami cranes, and I'm starting to get curious about the patterns on the Japanese origami paper I'm using. I think I recognize a couple of them, but I'd like to know the significance of any you recognize: maybe they are traditional textile patterns or have other uses? Are they a certain flower, fruit, or season? Or maybe they are entirely made up for these packs of paper. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on May 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Oh my god I'm finally going to Japan!

After years of wanting to, I finally bought tickets to go to Japan this summer! (Eeeeeee!!!) I'll be flying into Tokyo and I'm already planning to get tickets for the Shinkansen to travel to Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Can you help me figure out great places to see, delicious things to eat, special keepsakes to bring home, and how to deal with logistics while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on May 20, 2015 - 15 answers

One Week In Japan...

At the beginning of August work is sending me to Tokyo for a week, for the first time ever, so my wife is coming out and we're going to steal another week away from the family to have a break. What to do for that extra week when you've never visited Japan before? [more inside]
posted by 43rdAnd9th on May 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Portable foodie gift from Japan?

I live in Japan, and will soon be meeting up with some French friends who are visiting the region (we're not meeting in Japan). They are real foodies and I want to take them some food-related gifts, but they can't be too heavy/bulky/perishable/breakable - they'll need to get them home. Any suggestions? I am already planning to get them some good quality matcha as one of them bakes and has made some lovely matcha pastries before.
posted by ontheradio on May 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Drugged and robbed in Tokyo, what should I do?

I recently visited Tokyo. While I was there, I found myself in the Kabuki-cho region near Shinjuku. I hadn't checked the state department advisories before I left, but if I had I would have found there have been warnings about this going back years. I was drugged by a tout, who then led me around town in a dissociative state all night, and in the morning I found that my credit card had charges going up to the limit, all in $1k or $2k increments. I called my card company and told them the transactions were fraudulent, and also told the embassy and the Shinjuku police. Is there anything more I should do? I'd also like to reconstruct the night - can I get detailed records from my credit card company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Smartphone in Japan for 1 Year

I'm getting assigned to work at the parent company near Tokyo for a year. Yay!!! They won't be providing a mobile phone. Boo!! What's the best way to have a smartphone in Japan for the year? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on May 2, 2015 - 3 answers

How to buy a Nintendo Rosalina amiibo in Japan

I have a simple question that I'm unable to answer with English google-fu: How does one buy a Nintendo Rosalina amiibo figurine in Japan? They're outrageously priced in the US and I'd like to beg a friend currently living in Japan to pick one up for me. But how/where? Is it readily available as an online order with domestic shipping?
posted by serelliya on Apr 24, 2015 - 4 answers

How Do I Manage Feeling Overwhelmed By Japan?

OverwhelmedByJapan-filter: I have at least a (solo) week in Japan en route to Indonesia, and despite referencing DVD's, youtube videos, guidebooks & internet, I'm still grossly lacking in confidence as to how I'm going to; use public transport, find my hotel, communicate with hotel staff, order food, and find a public restroom when required. To where do I turn? Is there possibly a service by which I can rent an English speaking guide (not like tourist, but more cultural) for an afternoon? Am I blowing this out of proportion? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Apr 23, 2015 - 30 answers

Japan-filter: From Bullfighting to Kurosawa in a Cocktail

How do you say "Blood and Sand" in Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Apr 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Overthinking Flowers -- Japanese Edition

I would like to send a colleague a housewarming gift. Tomoya has recently moved from Japan to the UK with his wife and two babies, and they are finding the change challenging as none of them lived in the UK before. They have moved out of temporary apartments into a house, and I would like to send flowers as a welcoming gift. Is this an appropriate gift and should I avoid any particular colours/flowers? [more inside]
posted by TriparteGoddess on Apr 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Where is the best shopping in Tokyo for amazing/ridiculous baby stuff?

Clothes, toys, whatever. Not interested in American or European designer goods, I can get that stuff anywhere and I'm not really looking for $100 onesies.
posted by tealcake on Apr 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Zen retreat in Japan

This summer I would like to do something interesting. I would like to go to a place in Japan or China or somewhere in the East to meditate and perhaps live a bit like how a monk lives. Zen fascinates me. And I think might be more inclined towards the Rinzai school but since I am a novice I prefer not to make sharp judgments about things I do not know. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

What to do in Tokyo after work while visiting?

I'm on a business trip in Tokyo for the rest of this week. I'm looking for suggestions on things to do after work hours (i.e., most of the usual sightseeing is out), probably alone. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Mar 16, 2015 - 14 answers

With my mind on my money and yen on my mind

I'm taking a trip to Japan next month. Should I go cash only? If so, what are logistics of this? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Mar 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Any non-perishable cooking ingredients I should bring to Japan?

Later this year I'm getting transferred to the parent company's operation near Tokyo for 1 to 2 years. As someone who loves to cook, are there any non-perishables I should be considering shipping over? (oils, spices etc?) [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Mar 5, 2015 - 18 answers

Non-Tokyo/Non-Kyoto Japan

My family of three (including a two year old) are headed to Japan for 8 days beginning April 8. We've spent enough time in Tokyo and Kyoto in the past that we sort of want to do something different this time. Any thoughts? Please see the inside for our current thinking. [more inside]
posted by JPD on Feb 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Looking to identify an anime show or movie I saw the end of

While I was living in Japan I used to catch bits of shows late at night after getting home. One I saw about 15 minutes of was really intriguing and I haven't been able to identify it. [more inside]
posted by Hoopo on Jan 29, 2015 - 9 answers

Japanese interest in 'exotic' cultures in the late 70's

Where can I learn more about Japan's heightened interest, starting in the late 70's, towards cultures they deemed to be exotic, especially in (but not limited to) music? [more inside]
posted by procrastinator on Jan 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Pescetarian-safe Japan trip? (No raw fish!)

I'm going to Japan with my pescetarian friend in late March/early April. I eat almost anything. She doesn't eat meat and shellfish, but she's fine with cooked fish and dashi. Her stomach is not a fan of raw fish. Help us figure out what she can eat while we're there, please! Specifics (and more questions) are inside. [more inside]
posted by 35minutes on Jan 15, 2015 - 11 answers

Antiques Roadshow... Metafilter edition!

Calling all art history sleuths and Japanese signature decipherers! I was raised with my mom telling me this antique Japanese Moriage Satsuma vase was the most expensive thing in the house. She brought it home from Japan in 1957. Now I'm curious if my mom was right or wrong... (Of course I want my mom to be right, but... she wasn't always.) I see a lot of satsuma stuff online, and the values are so varied from $80 to thousands that I don't know if this piece is actually special. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Japan with an infant - now or later?

We want to take our 3 month old to Japan. Should we go ASAP or wait for better weather? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Japanese Comfort Food

A friend of mine is having to be in the hospital for the next ten days or so. I've promised him I'll make him dinner when he's out, and his request is for Japanese comfort food. I've done some googling and ramen and/or miso soup was already going to be on the menu, but I'm really interested in vetted/actually-from-Japan recipes and I don't have enough knowledge of Japanese cuisine to evaluate them. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Dec 21, 2014 - 31 answers

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