Japanese film...colored clouds of poison gas...a village of windmills...what movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
I remember reading somewhere that some famous, ancient (?) Japanese (?) poets liked to travel to new places where they were not yet well-known, in order to test their abilities and attempt to re-establish themselves as talented poets. Does this ring any bells? Do you know of any sources that talk about such a thing? Any examples of such poets? Anything similar in a field other than poetry?
If you had a Japanese rail pass and were staying in Nagano Shinkansen area, what day trips would you take? [more inside]
Searching for a job in Japan... Can speak Japanese, but have only gotten job offers from low-paying ALT dispatchers so far. Visa running out. Other venues to search? [more inside]
Can non-residents buy property in Japan? [more inside]
I am heading to Japan for the first time. Looking for day trip suggestions and things to do near Kure. [more inside]
Looking for places to go, eat, and stay in a very, very short trip to Osaka. [more inside]
Work-related question: Can the average Japanese-only speaker read and pronounce English words? [more inside]
Please tell me what you think I should know about visiting Naoshima, Japan. [more inside]
What is this Japanese ecstasy-like drug I'm hearing about? [more inside]
TravelLogisticFilter: We're planning a trip to Japan in October and need help with the logistics of where to leave our luggage as we get around. [more inside]
What should I look into researching regarding language acquisition (ESL) for my masters degree in Japan? [more inside]
Looking for work in Japan - Have a work visa that will expire in early August. Details inside. [more inside]
Find me a month-long cooking class in Japan. [more inside]
Do you see this 3-layer bento lunch box for sale online? One box in the stack is white with the yellow design, one is white with the orange design, and the 3rd box is white with the green design.
I'm 26 year old guy recently returned from teaching in Japan, out of a job, and looking for a new adventure. [more inside]
What's the best way to handle getting/carrying foreign currency? (For travel to Japan, in particular.) [more inside]
Could rubble and debris from the Great Eastern Japan earthquake be 'reclaimed' to make useable land? [more inside]
Give me your favorite tsukemono recipes, please. [more inside]
What's the cheapest way to send a single normal-sized book weighing about a pound from the US to Japan? [more inside]
Southeast Asia travel advice desired. Where should two vegetarians who speak English go for a 5 day vacation in mid December? [more inside]
Where do you recommend to get out of the cities and see some nature/countryside in Japan? We'd love to hike, and spend some time soaking in outdoor hot springs. We've looked at the Japanese Alps as well as the area around Hakone, but we're having trouble sorting through the options, and a bit nervous about the guidebook references to "hoards of day-trippers." Help us focus? Any recommendations for towns, specific hiking trails or hotels? [more inside]
Japan Honeymoon Disaster--need guidance. Travel agent I selected to book things is awful and the clock is ticking. Need guidance on finding a solid travel agent to book a honeymoon to Japan. I'm in Chicago if it matters. [more inside]
Your thoughts on things to do in and around Shinjuku next week. [more inside]
What happens when flowers are delivered to private houses in Tokyo? [more inside]
I'd love to visit Japan for a week or two with my wife, but I have some food allergies that will make it difficult. Will it be possible to survive and even find some nice meals with my soy and (pea)nut allergies? [more inside]
Help me help a friend suffering severe depression in Tokyo. [more inside]
I want to buy a specific Japanese item, but neither the maker nor amazon.co.jp will ship this item to the U.S. This item is not being sold in the U.S. or the U.K. I don't currently have any friends in Japan. Do I have any options?
What is this Japanese musical style, and how can I find more of it? [more inside]
Travelfilter: Things to do in Japan that are good for someone who finds traveling stressful, and are welcoming to tourists and non-Japanese speakers. [more inside]
Sex workers in Osaka. 5,6 years ago, a friend took me thru a small, singular neighborhood in Osaka, Japan. Rumored to be controlled by Yakuza, it was an area for sex. The ground floor of the buildings were open to the street, and the 'girl' was sitting, almost enthroned, on a chair or platform surrounded by flowers and cushions. I guess the protocol was to 'shop' the street, and enter the one that appealed to you. We did not tarry, despite my fascination, because my Japanese friend was female, w/ her hair tucked up, and she felt a need to keep moving. She had explained that the city wanted to raze the area as some kind of urban renewal. I wanted to get some Japanese friends to talk to some locals, and find a way to document this unique place, but that never happened. Does anyone know of this? And what eventually happened?
Help! I'm going to Japan (well, hopefully). What do I need to know? [more inside]
Where, around Tokyo, can I have my blood tested for specific genetic mutations? Specifically, protrombin 20210 and factor V (5) Leiden. [more inside]
Traveling to Japan on my own for 2.5 weeks. Help me avoid the part where I start talking to myself. [more inside]
How can I best get cell data while in Japan? I've got a GSM Galaxy Nexus that I'd like to use while I'm in Japan. Is it possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM? If so, where would these be sold? I'll be in Nagoya, if that helps.
Is it in poor taste or offensive to pass around this photo in a class presentation? [more inside]
Osaka-filter Massage/Spa Package-filter. I like to buy a lady friend a good women oriented massage package she could use to relax massively while in Osaka. Any tips on how to find massage/spa resorts that offer this sort of deal? One difficulty I prefer to arrange/reserve/buy it while overseas. [more inside]
What is this candy from a Vietnamese restaurant? [more inside]
I am uk citizen, my partner is Japanese and here in the uk on a working holiday visa which expires mid March. She is pregnant and will give birth in September, ideally in japan, and at the end of 2012 or the start of 2013 we’d like to return to the uk. [more inside]
I really want to share this video I saw a while ago with a friend, for injoke purposes. But I dunno how to find it! Help! I believe it to be either Korean or Japanese pop music. I have little to no memory of the actual song, just the video. 3, maybe 4 East-Asian ladies. Strolling along a sidewalk, holding shopping bags, walking past upscale store windows. The sidewalk moves underneath them, kind of like an omnidirectional conveyor belt. I can remember no other details, really. Other than it was filmed in a studio (obviously), yet gives the impression of being filmed outside via lighting, and there were a lot of pastel shades going on. Oh, and the women are wearing heels. [more inside]
Contemporary art and performing arts in Japan? I will be living in Tokyo for about 4 months soon. I plan on checking out the arts and performing arts (theater, dance) contemporary/emerging/experimental/however-you-want-to-call-it scene. Any recommendations? [more inside]
JapanFilter: Where should we go in in Japan on our honeymoon? [more inside]
What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
I am a printmaker, but I have also been trained in bookbinding and papermaking, including some Japanese papermaking. We are going to Japan in late March/early April, and I would love to visit a printmaking/papermaking studio. [more inside]
In watching Azumanga Daioh (anime) and in comments here and around the web, there seems to be a trope or expectation or whatever you would call it that Japanese people are actually afraid of foreigners. Is that accurate? If so, why is that?
I want to take a ferry from Shimonoseki, Japan to Busan, South Korea, and then later from Busan to Fukuoka—but how do I book tickets? [more inside]
Early international marriages between Japanese men and Western women in post-Meiji 1800s... where could I read about them? [more inside]
Does anyone know where to buy Cheds or Cheez-Its in Japan? Mail order is best but anything helps. I've had precious little luck finding anything on the domestic market good enough to qualify as a replacement.
SAVE MY HONEYMOON HIVEMIND! Is there a definitive (non-biased) answer on whether Japan is safe for travel? [more inside]