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What's the cheapest way to ship a book from the US to Japan?

What's the cheapest way to send a single normal-sized book weighing about a pound from the US to Japan? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Apr 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Southeast Asia travel suggestions

Southeast Asia travel advice desired. Where should two vegetarians who speak English go for a 5 day vacation in mid December? [more inside]
posted by holyrood on Apr 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Where should we go in Japan (~ central Honshu) to get out of the city and do some hiking?

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]
posted by copacetic on Apr 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Help save my honeymoon to Japan!

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]
posted by Elminster24 on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Tell us what not to miss in Shinjuku

Your thoughts on things to do in and around Shinjuku next week. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Fuss-free bouquet to Tokyo?

What happens when flowers are delivered to private houses in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Mar 28, 2012 - 2 answers

What is this Japanese thing?

What is this mystery Japanese product? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Mar 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Navigating Japan with food allergies

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]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Mar 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Mental health support in Tokyo

Help me help a friend suffering severe depression in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by harujion on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I get an item only sold within Japan to the U.S.?

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?
posted by TayBridge on Mar 11, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this Japanese musical style, and how can I find more of it?

What is this Japanese musical style, and how can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Mar 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Babysteps into the land of Japan...

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]
posted by Arethusa on Mar 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Sex workers in Osaka

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?
posted by ebesan on Mar 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me not re-enact Top Gear in Japan

Help! I'm going to Japan (well, hopefully). What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Mar 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Where, around Tokyo, can I have my blood tested for specific genetic mutations?

Where, around Tokyo, can I have my blood tested for specific genetic mutations? Specifically, protrombin 20210 and factor V (5) Leiden. [more inside]
posted by ovesh on Feb 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Japan for the Solo Traveler

Traveling to Japan on my own for 2.5 weeks. Help me avoid the part where I start talking to myself. [more inside]
posted by noted industrialist on Feb 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Pre-paid SIM in Japan

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.
posted by VoteBrian on Feb 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Cardcaptor this ain't.

Is it in poor taste or offensive to pass around this photo in a class presentation? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. on Feb 14, 2012 - 55 answers

Any tips to find a massage package for a friend in a foreign land?

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]
posted by Bodrik on Feb 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me identify these little bits of goodness.

What is this candy from a Vietnamese restaurant? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Feb 9, 2012 - 4 answers

help me think through visa and immigration for my partner and child

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]
posted by runrunrun on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find this K-POP / J-POP video I vaguely remember seeing!

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]
posted by TheTorns on Feb 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Contemporary art and performing arts in Japan

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]
posted by kitsuloukos on Feb 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Help us plan our honeymoon to Japan!

JapanFilter: Where should we go in in Japan on our honeymoon? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Feb 4, 2012 - 21 answers

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century?

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jan 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Traditional Print and Paper Visit in Japan?

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]
posted by emilyclaire on Jan 15, 2012 - 7 answers

scary gaijin?

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?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jan 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Ferries between Japan and South Korea?

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]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 11, 2012 - 2 answers

My mother-in-law hates me!

Early international marriages between Japanese men and Western women in post-Meiji 1800s... where could I read about them? [more inside]
posted by chickencoop on Jan 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Cheddar crackers in Japan

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.
posted by DoctorFedora on Jan 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Save My Honemoon To Japan!

SAVE MY HONEYMOON HIVEMIND! Is there a definitive (non-biased) answer on whether Japan is safe for travel? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jan 1, 2012 - 15 answers

What is the best online store in Japan - Amazon, Rakuten, or others?

What is the best online store in Japan? Amazon or Rakuten or others? [more inside]
posted by locussst on Dec 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Is there an ancient Korean equivalent to Japanese samurai?

I'm taking a class this year studying the history of samurai and was wondering why I didn't know of a Korean equivalent. I know we Koreans love martial arts and fighting just like the Japanese, judging by the dozens of sageuks produced every year. [more inside]
posted by qvinx on Dec 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Japanese 7-eleven soup?

Last December I was in Japan and I enjoyed the 7-Eleven soup they had. Pretty much all the 7-11's had the same soup, in a stand usually by the cash register, they would have other stuff you could add to the soup; fish balls, meat on sicks, noodles, ect... The soup would be already hot and you served yourself. My questions is what is that called? And where could I get something like it in Vancouver, BC?
posted by Iax on Dec 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Where to go in south Japan?

I am in Naoshima, Japan. Getting here was a lovely surprise as this particular destination was not planned. Tomorrow we are supposed to leave for Kyoto, but we could gladly change our plans for some other less touristy or more intereting areas. Do you have any recommendations to do in South Japan?
posted by edmz on Dec 3, 2011 - 9 answers

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima.

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Nov 27, 2011 - 5 answers

What is this object from Japan?

My friend brought me this terra cotta rattle/ball back from Japan. What is it? Japanese instructions included! [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Nov 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Cat I take my cat on the train in Japan?

Can I take my cat in a cat carrier on the subway/train in Japan? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Nov 17, 2011 - 4 answers

So you want a traffic safety O-mamori...

My sister was in a really bad car accident, and has been in rehab for months and months. Now she's getting a new car! I want to buy her traffic safety O-mamori (protective lucky charm). Is there any particular shrine famed for this particular O-mamori?
posted by ultrabuff on Nov 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Ringworm in Japan

I have ringworm. I am in Japan. I want to avoid seeing a doctor, if possible. What medicine should I buy and how can I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Know any immigration lawyers in Kansai?

Can any of our Japan-based MeFites recommend an immigration lawyer in the Kansai area? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Nov 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Info about Tattoo Culture?

I'm going to be getting a tattoo or two within the next few months. However, I'm also going to Japan at some point next year to live there for 2+ years. What all should I know? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Nov 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Where did my first internet crazy go?

Help me remember an early internet crazy that lived in NYC, had a Japanese daughter, and was fascinated by the game GO. [more inside]
posted by quibx on Nov 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Help my phone help me find myself

Am I the only one having trouble with iOS 5 location-based reminders being really, really inconsistent? (I live in rural Japan, for what it's worth, and have my home address stored in Japanese in my "my information" contact entry) And what, if anything, can I do to make it work more consistently at a bare minimum?
posted by DoctorFedora on Oct 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Global Gaikokujin: mobile data in Japan

I will be in Japan and Korea for a business trip soon. I'd like to stay connected to the Internet, so what is the cheapest/easiest way to do so? [more inside]
posted by baggers on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

4 day Long weekend in Asia - where to go?

My wife and I are living in Manila and would like to get away for the long weekend in Late November/Early October. I was thinking of going to Japan but after watching a tv show on Taiwan, it looks amazing. I'm sure Asia has more to offer, so please help us pick a destination! [more inside]
posted by Admira on Oct 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Her long black beard is her pride and joy.

Can you explain the stock "lantern-jawed transvestite" character in mainstream Japanese animation? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Lost in Translation

What do the Japanese find "wacky" or bizarre about American/Western culture? Not looking for negative stereotypes, more "WTF??" moments of hilarious cultural untranslatablility. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Oct 11, 2011 - 39 answers

Please help me return to Tokyo without leaving my armchair!

I lived in Tokyo for a while. I miss it. Please help me find films / TV / music videos shot in Tokyo so that I can indulge my nostalgia. [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Oct 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Must have penguin ice cubes!

I want these ice cube makers, but I don't speak Japanese and I live in the US. Anyone know of a US source? If not, how much are they actually? Can anyone tell if either of these companies will ship to the US?
posted by answergrape on Oct 4, 2011 - 7 answers

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