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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

Recommendation for an ISP in Japan

Having moved recently to Japan, I'm looking for an internet provider. Basically, I have my own router (that I bought in Japan about 10 years ago), which I can configure by myself. I am looking for a cheap plan, preferably without a commitment.
posted by ovesh on Sep 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I stay (quiet), or should I go (and blow it all)?

I'm moving to Japan no matter what, but should I tell my current employer sooner rather than later that I have decided to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Learning Japanese in Osaka?

In Osaka – Japanese language courses or schools? [more inside]
posted by krilli on Sep 18, 2011 - 1 answer

How can I maintain and improve my Japanese translation skills?

I am a professional translator, Japanese to English. I work almost entirely in comics and novels, at home, alone. My Japanese language skills are atrophying, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 25 answers

Need advice on how to buy and ship a Japan-only bicycle to the US.

I want to buy my wife this "Mamachari" bike for her birthday. But they are only available in Japan (I'm in the US.) Any suggestions on how I'd purchase and ship one at the lowest price possible?
posted by soulbarn on Sep 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Reccomended banks for foreigners in Japan

Which bank is the most recommended for foreigners in Japan? I am interested in information about issuing a credit card for foreigners, interest on savings, international money transfer rates, and other commission rates. I'm considering using one of the web-only banks (新生、楽天、セブン、etc). Is there any risk involved (e.g., if they go bankrupt)?
posted by ovesh on Sep 13, 2011 - 7 answers

What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days?

What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days? [more inside]
posted by Average Mario on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

What are these linens used for?

What are these strangely shaped table linens inherited from my Japanese Step-Grandmother? [more inside]
posted by shmurley on Sep 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Snow Mecha and Other Winter Japanese Activities

What to do during a January honeymoon in Japan? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Sep 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Wi-fi subscription in Japan

I'd like to subscribe to a wi-fi provider in Japan that I'll be able to use with my laptop or phone. I'd like something that is a monthly fee. I'll be there as a legal resident, not a tourist. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Sep 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Finding friends in Japan

Where should an American expat go to meet people in Japan? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Aug 10, 2011 - 10 answers

The care and feeding of boyfriends (in rural Japan)

My boyfriend is coming to visit me in Japan. Yay! Help me help him not die of isolation, culture shock and boredom. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Aug 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Painting Recognition Request

My brother has asked me -('cause I is a genius with this new Net thing) to identify a painting he came across in France, and additionally to translate the Japanese hieroglyphics contained within said pic. Tin-Eye was no help as it only linked to 4 expired Ebay-France pages. [more inside]
posted by Wrick on Aug 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Looking for some shows in Tokyo

Looking to find some punk-ish (or anything, really) shows in Tokyo over the next two days. Where have all of the find-shows-by-mapping sites gone? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Aug 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Identify Japanese woodblock print of kabuki actor, possibly by Kunichika, possibly set on Tokaido Road

Need help identifying this Japanese woodblock print of a kabuki actor. I think the artist is Kunichika, and the print is set somewhere on the Tôkaidô Road. At the top of the page is a large box of Japanese text -- I'm hoping someone can read this, or otherwise identify any hints about the location, actor and character. (Two more translatable things inside) [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

How Safe Is It To Travel To Tokyo?

My family lives in Tokyo, and I grew up there, but I now go to school in the states. My parents want me to come out to visit next month, but I'm a bit concerned about the radiation. They assure me that any increase in the levels is negligible, but I realize that there are many different types of radiation, and food grown in the Fukushima area is still being served in Tokyo. I just really don't want to be a victim of hindsight, and it seems for every reputable article I can find that indicates the levels are safe, I can find another that begs me to reconsider the first. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be paranoid, but I also don't want the whole family to be at risk if there is an overlooked issue.
posted by howgenerica on Jul 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Undergraduate research grants for Japanese travel and research?

My sister is looking for undergraduate research funding to support some field work in Japan for her BA thesis project. She's especially interested in questions about gender and sexuality. Any advice on grant-giving organizations she might look into? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jul 22, 2011 - 4 answers

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