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Best travel SIM in Japan (speech + data)

I'm searching for the best SIM card for a one month stay in Japan. I've already found e-connect (1 GB/30 days, only data @ 4100 Yen), but I would prefer an option including SMS/speech.
posted by mathiu on Feb 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Origin of Hotta-San hunting knife at Best Made?

I've been looking at this knife at Best Made for a while, and I can't seem to find its provenance. Many other products at Best Made are rebranded or what have you versions from known suppliers, but I cannot for the life of me find a knife that resembles the Hotta-san — after looking at hundreds online. Everything I find refers back to Best Made's info. Can anyone unravel this mystery? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me travel to Japan!

My sibling, mother, and I want to go to Japan (Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and Kyoto) in late July. I am getting overwhelmed by trying to book tickets. Help! [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Feb 6, 2013 - 21 answers

What's a trustworthy online store where I can import goods from Japan?

I live in Europe and I would like to import some Japanese products as a Birthday gift for someone. What I'm looking for is traditional food/spices and things like pillows or bedding (two very different categories). What is a trustworthy online store I can use? [more inside]
posted by Lazer on Feb 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Salted rice

Is it common to add salt when cooking plain boiled or steamed rice? Specifically, is this widely done in India, China or Japan?
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 4, 2013 - 23 answers

What is the title of this old Japanese Superman record?

I collect Superman memorabilia and recently bought a Japanese Superman children's story record, but I can't actually read Japanese beyond vague recognition of the characters that make up the name Superman. What is the title of this record?
posted by MegoSteve on Feb 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Samurai and contemporary Japanese social perceptions of disability

Asking for a friend: "I'm researching for my current WIP, and I'm stuck. I need to build a comprehensive picture of the social perceptions of disability in Japan, both currently and within Samurai culture. Help, anyone?"
posted by daisyk on Jan 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Sonic sculpture (ice, pebbles on bamboo and metal) Any other examples?

The ice melts, releasing the pebbles onto the sculpture. YOUTUBE Anyone know more about this genre of what I call sonic sculpture? [more inside]
posted by surplus on Jan 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Significance of Pearl Harbor in U.S. entry to WWII

What if Japan had not attacked Pearl Harbor? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Jan 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Nonde nonde nonde!

Help me show my drink/party-loving friend who is visiting Tokyo a memorable time! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jan 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Source, translation of inscription, artist, and other works

Can my Japanese-reading MeFite base shed some light on this delightful image? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Jan 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Working in Japan as an ALT with a girlfriend

Hi people with ALT experience, finding work in Japan sure is tough. Finding work with your girlfriend? Much harder. Where should a pair of people go to teach English in Japan? We are spending our time trying to get anywhere we can (We hear being near a city increases our happiness), however, we have been rooting for a position in Nagoya, Kanagawa as a close second. We keep hitting dead ends and are getting desperate. It looks like at this rate, we are going to save up $2,000 a piece and take a plane there in mid-april, 3 months from now, hopefully finding work in the 90 days we are legally allowed there. [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Jan 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Japanese fruit identification

What is this Japanese fruit: four brown seeds inside tennis ball size fruit? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Dec 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Do, a deer, a female deeeeeeeeeeer.......

I am in Japan and miss playing piano, and so am in the market for a quality - but cheap! - keyboard. Is this possible? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Dec 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Japanese documentaries: help me find more!

Japanese documentaries: help me find more! [more inside]
posted by ninjew on Dec 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me find this japanese plum wine

While I was in Japan, I tasted some delicious plum sake. I wrote to the hotel asking for information on it. All I got was a link to a japanese site. Could you help find out the name or, better, where to buy it in the US? [more inside]
posted by edmz on Dec 10, 2012 - 8 answers

It's the kind of J-pop you could really sumo wrestle to.

Which Japanese band / song is used in this video? They're very New Order'y, and I know the missus would like them a lot. Extra credit: Is there a pattern / design / instructions out there for making and playing with paper doll sumo wrestlers like this? Because, frankly, this has Rock'em Sock'em Robots beat all to hell.
posted by markkraft on Dec 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to get my onsen on?

Where to get my onsen on? I'll be visiting Japan (12/27 - 1/08) and would love to spend a few days somewhere wintry, mountainous and full of hot springs. Preferably at an interesting ryokan. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Dec 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Generating ideas for work in Japan outside of teaching, or Eikaiwa jobs.

I'm currently looking for work in Japan. I'm scouring the internet, Dave's ESL cafe, ALT (assistant language teacher) listings and am not really looking for help in that respect. If you have any suggestions however, I am happy to hear more. The only exception would be if anyone knows of any Eikaiwa (Private school) jobs or any forums that post job listings.. It is my question that since the work is not always steady and there is the possibility I would go there just to tutor, there is waaay too much flux in my ability to pay for rent. I need help figuring outside work. Outside of selling Japanese items around the world, I'm trying to figure out ways to make money with a general skill set. I'm vocal enough and confident in my speaking ability so I figure I can lead tour groups on my free time and post the listings on craigslist. I'm also looking into working as a waiter or dishwasher, but I was hoping for some help generating ideas. Thanks! PS - I alreadly have information on career cross and gaijin pot. If anyone knows any temp agencies are teacher employment agencies, that would be appreciated as well.
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Nov 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Winter Is Coming! but is the train out of Sapporo running?

I just impulse bought tickets to Japan for the last 2.5 weeks of February. I plan on skiing. How hard is it to get around Hokkaido by public transit? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Nov 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Those dang expensive tickets!

Help me get home (from Japan) for the holidays! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Nov 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I come to the USA on a tourist visa?

Would I be able to come visit the USA in the future? [more inside]
posted by YukoInNature on Nov 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Business etiquette landmines to avoid when making a sales pitch to Japanese business owners.

Business etiquette landmines to avoid when making a sales pitch to Japanese business owners. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Share house shower etiquette? (In Japan)

I am a guy living in a co-ed sharehouse in Japan. I may have committed a faux pas, and would like to know proper sharehouse shower etiquette. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Nov 14, 2012 - 18 answers

How can I make this English-teaching-in-Japan thing happen (again)?

How can I find a teaching job in Japan, with a Masters degree in TESOL and 17 years of teaching experience? I guess this isn't your usual "I want to teach in Japan" question, since I'm qualified enough to compete in the tough market, but how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Nov 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Like a caramel apple in a can.

The first night I was in Japan on vacation, I got a drink out of a vending machine that was a combination of apple juice and condensed milk. It was surprisingly good, and while I looked for another can throughout our stay in Japan, I never saw that combination again. What did I drink, and how can I get some in America?
posted by eschatfische on Nov 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Japanese translation help in guitar search

I've been looking for a certain guitar (a Yamaha SG 3000) and have lately been looking on Japanese web sites to see if I can have one shipped from there. I've found one I like the look of, but Google Translate isn't being particularly helpful. Could anyone translate the description for me? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Nov 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Spending 10 days in Tokyo

What are some good things to do in Tokyo next week? I'll be staying in Shinjuku, and would appreciate a bit of guidance as far as stuff to do. [more inside]
posted by sp160n on Oct 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Summer in Japan. How can I make this happen?

Traveling to Japan this summer with my sister. Help me make this the best trip ever and not lose my mind. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Oct 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Exericse/therapy spots near Shinjuku, Tokyo?

Living in Shinjuku, Japan. I have been rather stressed lately due to a variety of factors. Please help me find both exercise locations (cheap gyms, jogging routes) and inexpensive (but decent) counseling/therapy around the Shinjuku, Japan area. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Paperwork Galore

JapanVisaFilter - My visa period is almost up, and my contract is extended but not for a whole year. What's up? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Oct 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Kyoto via iPod/smartphone/tablet

I'm going to Kyoto for a two-day visit in November, but with only an iPod Touch 4 in my jacket pocket as I'd like to avoid bringing a heavy guidebook/backpack as I walk around exploring all day. What PDFs/docs/apps/downloads can help make my visit amazing, or at least easier? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Oct 7, 2012 - 11 answers

To stay or not to stay in Japan?

My search for an ideal job in Japan continues: To go back to America and attend the DISCO Boston Career Fair or to stay in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 4, 2012 - 11 answers

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Itching for new Japanese groups to listen to!

Give me some Japanese artists/songs (based on my musical preferences) that would help me learn Japanese/impress people at karaoke! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Sep 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Spare parts for an ex-Japan Toyota Hilux Surf?

How (in the hell) do I find spare parts for my '02 Toyota Hilux Surf? Difficulty factor: car in Kenya, originally made for Japanese market, wife in US and could bring parts back. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Bento newbie seeks sensei

Help me find the perfect bento box. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Sep 16, 2012 - 17 answers

What to do in an 18-hour layover in Tokyo?

Hi! On Xmas day this year, we'll be en route to Vietnam for two weeks... But before that, we'll be spending an 18 hour layover in Tokyo. Any recs on what we can do/see in that little time? [more inside]
posted by picarosado on Sep 16, 2012 - 13 answers

CLAIR in Japan

Have you been hosted by CLAIR on a visit to Japan? Looking for stories and anecdotes. [more inside]
posted by sconbie on Sep 13, 2012 - 0 answers

What's hot in Japanese drama?

What are the recent most popular Japanese dramas? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Aug 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for bird guides to Asia.

I'm in Japan and looking for the best bird guides for the whole of South-East Asia. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 24, 2012 - 2 answers

30th birthday present for an older brother living in Japan. Home comforts need not apply.

In two weeks it is my sibling's 30th birthday. He lives in Japan. I live in Western Europe. What can I get him? Inspire me! [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Aug 24, 2012 - 10 answers

How to Quit a teaching gig in Japan a little ovet a week before starting?

Teaching job for a dispatch company in Japan starting in two weeks. Had a panic attack and decided I want to quit, with no time for 30 days notice - how to do so with as few problems as possible? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Senkaku/Diaoyu

Please help me understand, or point me to resources that will help me understand, what is going on in the Japan/China Senkaku/Diaoyu dust up: analysis of root causes, ideas about the broader implications, particular reasons why this is so fraught, &c. Thanks.
posted by davidjmcgee on Aug 19, 2012 - 12 answers

What happened to the Japanese blog Pink Tentacle?

Will Pink Tentacle ever come back? [more inside]
posted by nevan on Aug 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Cheap apartment in Tokyo, fast?

Need to find affordable housing in Tokyo ASAP? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Where to go? What to do?

My planned holiday to Europe in Sept/Oct has been postponed, and now I have three weeks to go..... somewhere. I'm female, early thirties and will be flying out of Sydney. I enjoy my own company and love to travel. Please suggest places to go and things to do that I will enjoy by myself. Preferences after the jump. [more inside]
posted by kjs4 on Aug 1, 2012 - 17 answers

Substitute for Jeans?

Clothing for Japan / substitute for jeans? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jul 25, 2012 - 22 answers

Japan Work/Visa problems

Japan Visa/Work Problems, Cont.: Living in Japan, scored a job as an ALT in Japan that starts in a little over a month; already signed the contract and got my work visa renewed. Just got an offer from a much better paying job that would employ me right away (and would sponsor me). What to do? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jul 23, 2012 - 3 answers

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