Whalefilter: What are the Japanese whaling fleet researching? [more inside]
Is the Wii marketing campaign the first game console campaign to make such a big deal about its Japanese heritage? (In the U.S., anyway.) [more inside]
In this collection of clips of Rube Goldberg machines for NHK's Pitagora Suichi, was CG animation used? [more inside]
What's the best way to transfer money from my father's (residing in Japan) account to my own in the US for banking/investing, and what complications may there be? Or, if he's not expecting extreme rates, are there better options he can pursue himself within Japan? [more inside]
I want to get a bottle of sake as a gift, but I am a total sake virgin... [more inside]
My brother is spending a year in Japan, and I'd like to buy him some train tickets so that he can go somewhere he wouldn't otherwise go while he's over there. The ticket options seem pretty complicated, though, and I can't figure out what to buy and how to buy it. [more inside]
When I was in Tokyo last year I bought a CD from a dude in a stall in Shibuya called Concrete Green by DJ Isso. Does anyone know anything about DJ Isso, or the rappers that appear on the CD? [more inside]
Should I accept a job as a ski bum in Japan? [more inside]
I'm going to Japan next week. I've already reviewed the general "what should I do?" threads, and those have been great, but I have some specific requests and questions. [more inside]
My girlfriend brought me back some green tea from Japan to which I've become hopelessly addicted to. Please help me identify it so I can continue to feed my habit! [more inside]
I need to choose my top three choices for locations in Japan for the Jet Programme. Can you help me choose something that meets my needs? [more inside]
How can I find a job at a ski resort in Japan? I have lots of customer service experience, but I don't speak Japanese. [more inside]
Are the teach English in Japan programs legitimate? [more inside]
Help me travel to the future (in Tokyo)! [more inside]
looking for new things to do in tokyo... [more inside]
I'm looking for a way to send, from the U.S. to Japan, money in denominations of yen. The merchant wants a money order in yen, which rules out Paypal. Do you know of a web-based or brick and mortar business that will take my payment in dollars, convert it into yen, and ship out a money order or give me a money order to ship?
Friend of mine is looking to track down the name of a movie. The dialogue is in English, French and Japanese. Most of the story is set in post-WWII Japan. It is about a French engineer who is working there. He is developping a relationship with a Japanese woman who runs a kimono store, but his old flame flies in from France and hijinks ensue. No it's not "Hiroshima, mon amour". As always there is [more inside]
I've been offered a one month gig in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, with a US$85 per diem. Travel and accomodation are covered - I'm only responsible for food and fun. I know that Japan is expensive, but just HOW expensive is it? How far will this get me?
Is there a name for the manga style where characters are drawn so simply they have no feet, merely dull points at the bottom of their legs? [more inside]
Seeking the website of a Japanese photographer. [more inside]
What Japanese style amenities can be found in London? Most especially I am on the hunt for group Karaoke booths (preferably with an 'all you can drink' policy) and supermarkets stocking exclusively Japanese produce.... What's out there?
What kind of massage did I have in Osaka last night? [more inside]
Currency Exchange: I have a handful of Japanese Yen and a desire the British pound wasn't so strong. What are my best options for getting my Yen converted into Sterling? [more inside]
Help me find the cool, colorful luggage we saw at a luggage shop in Tokyo Station and are now regretting not buying. It was a small, wheeled case with a purse/makeup bag included. The case was decorated with colorful squares of alternating hue, like the Patridge Family bus or what I think of as Mondrian design. Blue, white and pink were definitely involved, maybe also red. I think it was $140 American, but may have been 140 Yen. There are so many luggage stores there, though, and we didn't take note of either the store name or the designer. Likely a Japanese maker/designer, but unsure. Any tips would be much appreciated!
Can anyone point me to an MP3/CD to download/purchase of the song that plays over the "theme song" that plays over the speakers in Japan's Don Quijote stores?
What was that TV show I just saw in Japan? It seemed to be a comedy about a neurotic architect and his cute neighbors. It intrigued me. [more inside]
Please help me identify this spider found in Kanagawa, Japan. [more inside]
Can you recommend a retreat in Japan for an American? [more inside]
Help us figure out what this Japanese alcoholic drink is. [more inside]
What are some recommendations for Japanese language schools, especially for conversation, in Tokyo? [more inside]
Help me watch mlb.tv in Tokyo -- they're blacking out live games due to my Japan-based IP address. [more inside]
Looking for a specific Japanese term which refers to the intangible desirability of certain objects, something that very loosely translates as "the X-factor".
Tokyo or Kyoto shopping filter: On a mission for boxwood combs. Do people have any suggestions on where to purchase traditional, handmade combs in Kyoto or Tokyo? I have some names and addresses however, the information maybe way dated. [more inside]
I recently read a wired article about Dir En Grey which mentioned that their music became popular in America due to its presence in video games and (I assume) anime. Does anyone know what games/anime have Dir En Grey's music?
For a friend: While on holiday in Japan several years ago, we saw this street vendor with his dancing, jumping puppet. Hows it work? Download Video (mp4) [more inside]
We're shortly travelling in Japan with an infant, and I have questions. [more inside]
Help me choose the best cell phone plan in Japan. I'm moving to Tokyo next week so this will be a normal contract, not a rental. [more inside]
How did the Japanese force unwilling Chinese men to rape their own family members? [more inside]
Any good current animes in the process of being aired? I'm watching Blood+ and Ergo Proxy, but I need more quality shows. Links to your favorite English fansubbers would be greatly appreciated.
Calling all kids and kids at heart... what kind of souvenir would you want from Japan? [more inside]
Looking for info on renting a cell phone. I want to be able to call home (U.S.) while hiking in Japan (Fuji, Japan Alps, Hokkaido). Any experience with with this? Advice? Thanks!
Three Americans heading to Japan and want to visit one of the atomic bomb sites. Which city, Hiroshima or Nagasaki, has more to do in addition to peace-museum and bomb-site related things? [more inside]
Know any good travelling websites? Most specifically for backpacking in Asia... [more inside]
Thoughts on doing a year long foreign exchange stint at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. [more inside]
At a local traditional Japanese restaurant a while ago, the server brought a little fabric ball with a bell on a string with our check where you'd usually expect mints. She made it clear that it was for us to take, but we didn't learn anything more about it, and now I'm wondering if there's any symbolism, meaning or tradition behind it. There's a picture and [more inside]
Help me find the website with pics of the (Japanese?) woman who dressed up like a sexy Ronald McDonald! My Google skills have failed me, enough that I'm not even sure I saw this thing I think I saw in the last 2 years... [more inside]
I will leave Japan to travel back to the UK this August and am looking for interesting, original places and/or ways to make my way back. Where/how should I go? [more inside]
Accomodations in Kyoto for Gion Matsuri? [more inside]
The professor and his students break into drunken song in Madadayo. Are those traditional songs? [more inside]
Must-see and must-do in and around Tokyo? [more inside]