I will be in Tokyo for 5 days next week. Since I will be arriving at Haneda airport close to 23h00, I will need to make a call to my airport hotel to collect me at the airport. How does one actually make a phone call in Japan? I know this sounds silly but not knowing how to read all those japanese characters is making me anxious. The hotel is situated in the Haneda area and the phone number starts with 03. I searched flickr for some pictures of payphones and this one indicates that it accepts coins and phonecards. I am now worried that due to the lateness of my arrival; no shops selling phonecards will be open. Any advice ?
I'm looking to purchase a new inkan -- where do you recommend I do so? [more inside]
Where can I go to buy a T-shirt bra in Tokyo, preferably in Shibuya or Shinjuku? [more inside]
Japan: Easiest way to get from Narita airport to Tokyo Station? Or, do I have my train details straight? [more inside]
I like Japanese beer. What other beer commonly found in American bars will I also like? [more inside]
I'm in Osaka, Japan, at a conference at the Rihga Royal NCB. I need to print off a poster this afternoon. Is there a Kinko's-like print shop nearby I could use?
Music Video ID. A year ago I saw a youtube video from Japan. Two girls, rock-ish, rap-ish? They were each leading a gang, one dressed like circa-Thriller MJ, the other gang dressed like a metal punks. I think they had a dance battle on a pier. [more inside]
Why are the blues (the music genre) so popular in Japan? [more inside]
How do I use mixi? [more inside]
What is the equivalent to Craigslist in Japan, perhaps the Osaka area specifically? [more inside]
What is the law in Japan regarding seating a child at the front and a child at the rear of the bicycle?
What is the law in Japan regarding seating a child at the front and a child at the rear of the bicycle? [more inside]
Good trip ideas for a 30-something guy traveling solo for 1-2 weeks in Sept, prefer somewhere where it's easy to meet other people [more inside]
What should I read for a solid but concise history of gagaku and/or the sho? I am also interested in court rituals in Japan generally. I read somewhere they served a significant legitimizing-of-the-court function in Japan ca. 700 or 800, and would like to confirm, deny, and learn more about this idea.
Asking from a position of almost complete ignorance, and to reassure anxious family members: Would today's news of the full meltdown at Fukushima cause you to cancel a planned trip to Kyoto this July? Can you give me some hard data about the radiation danger of a week in Kyoto versus (say) the radiation danger of a trans-Pacific flight?
At 2:02 in this video the guys on the left are holding paper coffee cups. What is the guy on the far left doing? [more inside]
Where can I find places in Kyoto to shop for used/vintage clothing? In Tokyo, I love going to Harajuku and wandering around their used/vintage clothing shops with random old items, like Kinji for really cheap and unique clothing. Is there a similar like place in Kyoto? I've spent 3 days in Kyoto in the past and all I recall for shopping were department stores and other Big Generic Imposing Chain Shops that you can find anywhere else in the world. [more inside]
ELT-filter: I'm arguing that "What's your favorite lunch menu?" is Japanese-English phrasing that shouldn't be included in an English textbook. [more inside]
Help me find a dirty movie. (NSFW) [more inside]
What are some online shopping sites that ship direct to Australia. I'm wanting to take advantage of the stronger Australian dollar. [more inside]
I will be in Tokyo for a few days next month and need to decide where I am staying - Shibuya or Shinjuku? [more inside]
JET (teaching English in Japan) vs AmeriCorps (cool community stuff in my city). Or, how do you decide between two paths that seem comparably engaging/difficult/unknown? [more inside]
I need to understand the Japanese cultural importance of "saving face" with respect to business, and how I can make myself less frustrated with an ongoing business negotiation I'm involved in. [more inside]
Is the adorable Japanese children's TV show Pythagoras Switch, (aka Pitagora Suicchi) available as a dvd or download in the US? [more inside]
Any suggestions for a guide to business development for a European in Japan? [more inside]
How do I ship Iodine tablets from the UK to Japan? [more inside]
I have a week to draw a short comic about the Japanese House in the Boston Children's Museum, and can't go there in person to take photos. As such, I am in desperate need of reference! [more inside]
Will my passport get renewed at the US Embassy in Tokyo even if the federal government shuts down? [more inside]
Has anyone put together a collection of videos from the recent tsunami in Japan? I am sure there are new ones surfacing as time goes on. I may be morbid but the videos are fascinating. I'd like to find a webpage that is keeping a current list of what is appearing.
DisasterFilter - What steps can I take to ensure my pets survival in the case where a disaster strikes and I can't get home? [more inside]
Karaoke in Japanese. Am looking for tracks with a karaoke version on YouTube for an event. This old post has some great ideas, but sadly half of them have been removed from YouTube. What Japanese language songs do you sing at karaoke at the moment?! The more contemporary the better
On NPR in Los Angeles yesterday there was a segment on Buddhist funeral practices in Japan, and an interview with a Buddhist monk. What show was it? Is there a downloadable or listen-able on line version of it? [more inside]
Are there any emergency crisis intervention/mental health services for a citizen of Japan with mental health issues whose family has been missing since the earthquake? [more inside]
Should I travel to Japan for my long planned vacation on April 20th? [more inside]
Should I be testing non-edible Japanese imports for radiation? [more inside]
What are some PVO/NGO that will enable me to volunteer in the relief effort in Japan? (I am willing to pay for my own air fare/accommodations/etc). Also, in terms of training, what are some programs or certifications that will help train/prepare me for going overseas?
Why do the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi have that blue-and-white pattern? It looks like it might have a purpose, but I also find it beautiful. I don't mean to be insensitive to the current crisis, but I'd like to understand. I don't watch a lot of TV news, so I may have missed it there. Googling has proven unsuccessful.
Travel to Japan in May - what do you think? [more inside]
How can I help Japan when I am broke :( [more inside]
First of all, I am deeply sympathetic to the disaster in Japan, so I am sorry if this is tacky. But I was already looking to buy a new Honda within the next few months and want to know if because of the circumstances I should jump on it now. [more inside]
Is there any meaningful way to compare the possible radiation releases due to the damaged Japanese nuke plant with the radiation released by the air and sea bursts of the U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the 40s, 50s, and 60s? [more inside]
I'd like to send aid to Japan, but I'm not sure where to donate. Suggestions? Thanks! [more inside]
I'm in Yokohama. Should I try to get as far away as possible from the Fukushima reactor that is currently experiencing serious problems? [more inside]
Where should I donate money to most effectively support people affected by the earthquake in Japan? And logistically, how can my organization collect money from its members that can be donated to this cause? [more inside]
IF 1 or 2 or even 3 nuclear reactors in Japan meltdown in what is already being called a potentially worse disaster than Chernobyl, where will the fallout travel based on current prevailing wind and airflow models? I would specifically like information about how this may affect Hawaii where I live. [more inside]
What happens if that nuclear power plant in Japan turns into the next Chernobyl? [more inside]
Is it foolish, or even feasible, to go ahead with vacation travel plans to Japan, in light of the earthquake? [more inside]
Trying to find sites with details on the current situation in Sendai (specifically) [more inside]
Japan has suffered an unprecedented disaster. I have no job, no money, no insurance, no college degree. Is there any way I can volunteer to go and help rebuild, in any way? Some organization that will send me?
Tell me about living in Okayama, Japan. [more inside]