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]
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]
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?
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.
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]
In Osaka – Japanese language courses or schools? [more inside]
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]
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?
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)?
What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days? [more inside]
What are these strangely shaped table linens inherited from my Japanese Step-Grandmother? [more inside]
What to do during a January honeymoon in Japan? [more inside]
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]
Where should an American expat go to meet people in Japan? [more inside]
My boyfriend is coming to visit me in Japan. Yay! Help me help him not die of isolation, culture shock and boredom. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
I'll be studying abroad in Japan for a year, and I'd like to use my (unlocked) iPhone as my cell phone while I'm there. This presents two problems. What do I do with my current plan and phone number, and what plan do I get once I'm in Japan? [more inside]
This is an item from my Grandparent's house that has been stored since the 1940s. All I know about it is that it was with other items which my Grandfather brought back with him from postwar Japan. An aunt of mine claims it's something that goes on your head, but I can't tell if it's even possible to take off the wooden stand. It is intricately detailed. It also has a small wooden case with a clear front, but the case is not especially detailed. What is this item? Does it have value? (view larger, largest)
What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
I just saw this video about karakuri (Japanese clockwork automatons) and was amazed. The guy is located in Osaka, but there is no information about where he works or whether his studio is open to the public. Coincidentally I will be in Osaka next week. Where can I see some karakuri? Does anyone know of any exhibitions of them, or anywhere else I could see them? [more inside]
Can you give me strategy and tactics for maximizing my spoken Japanese interactions, towards the goal of language ability, while in Japan? Those of you who have reached exceptional/native-level fluency speaking, can you give me some tips, and share your experiences of the things that helped the most along the way, in terms of speaking ability? [more inside]
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]