I'm looking for advice and stories of experiences from other engineers, particularly if you've lived and worked overseas. [more inside]
I'm looking for books about Osaka. [more inside]
NYC-foodie-filter: A friend of mine wants to try sushi for the very first time. The game plan is to order a couple of pieces as an appetizer and either proceed to a full entree if she enjoys it or bail and order something different if it turns out that raw fish is not to her liking. Can anyone recommend a Japanese restaurant with equally strong sushi and non-sushi menus for this culinary adventure? I'd prefer a place in Manhattan or Queens, easily accessible from Midtown Manhattan and reasonably priced. Not too fancy. [more inside]
You are familiar with Tokyo. You are giving advice to a first-time visitor who is looking to experience some of the best of what the city has to offer. Where would you have them stay? [more inside]
JPOP Music Video: dancing sneakers/shoes... [more inside]
Do my visa plans for Asia make sense? Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated. [more inside]
Where are the best places to go for interesting and innovative Japanese design? [more inside]
Will I have trouble getting antidepressants as a civilian living in Okinawa? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a Japanese short film about two guys in a sushi restaurant who try to out-order an older man. There's no dialogue and it was weird and quite funny, finishing with a radioactive wasabi show-down. [more inside]
What are some weird ways to live? [more inside]
Looking for the title of an obscure documentary about the Japanese adaptations of Western products and traditions as they have been commodified in japan. [more inside]
What do I need to do, or what do I need to be aware of, to use mobile data on a Nexus One using a Softbank rental SIM card in Japan? [more inside]
Non-touristy must do's in Japan? Interesting ideas for 'projects'/missions to make this trip fun? Cultural tips/faux-pas to avoid? Quirky facts/tips? [more inside]
Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
Is it possible for a foreigner living in Japan to express his/her dissatisfaction with a work situation? [more inside]
JapanFilter: My friend is going to be in Osaka for a MONTH alone on business. She knows no one there, speaks very little Japanese, and will be all in all pretty bored. What are cool things she can do? Where are places she can hang out? Are there English websites she can read for ideas?
Are there places in the Kansai area of Japan (at least Kobe, Osaka or Kyoto) where a gaijin with a guitar could play a few tunes? [more inside]
Looking for a podiatrist in Tokyo. [more inside]
What organizations/NGOs are there in Japan that will help with planning a community service trip? [more inside]
What was Japan like during the mid-to-late 1980s? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a little Japanese flash game I found in either 08 or 09. It was a cute, quirky thing where you were a little sumo and you had to smash small things to build up your strength - eventually going to to smash very large things like temples and bits of mountain. [more inside]
Japan person-finder filter: how likely would it be for a Japanese family to have remained at the same address (Kodaira, Tokyo) over the last twenty years? [more inside]
Are these awesome posters in Japanese? If so, what do they say? Found them at an estate sale and the guy there thought they were from WWII. I don't think they're that old, but not sure. [more inside]
How do I twitter (cheaply, mobile-ly) on a short trip to Japan? How much will it cost? [more inside]
Biggest news stories in Japan for the first half of 2010. [more inside]
Anyone have any recent experience bringing a pet into Japan and avoiding quarantine? Advice about the formidable paperwork? [more inside]
Always desiring to experience living in Japan, I moved in the country from Canada almost a year ago on a working holiday visa, which will expire next month. My life here is stable so far, including a job at a company willing to sponsor me for a work visa. I want to live in Japan for a longer period, but the problem is I don't seem to meet the requirements for a visa. I am aware that getting married is the easiest way, but unfortunately, I do not have that possibility.
Is there anything I can do to stay and work in Japan longer? [more inside]
Tokyo trains: how inconvenient is it to lug luggage on the train/subway system? [more inside]
Does anyone know where the Lévi-Strauss quote in the film Sans Soleil
comes from? [more inside]
I'm an American WWOOFing in Japan. I found a deer horn (antler? --I'm a city boy) in the forest here. If I try to take this back to America, will I run into trouble? [more inside]
Loved "The Inland Sea" by Richie. Recommendations for something comparable set in modern Japan? The more recent the better. Bonus points for Kindle/iBooks availability.
What would be a good gift (from Los Angeles) to bring a Japanese friend in Tokyo? [more inside]
We're looking for advice surrounding travel in the Nagano area in Japan during the second week of November. We have an itinerary planned, we just want to know if it's realistic and what we can expect in terms of weather and travel. We're also interested in accommodation and food suggestions. [more inside]
We are going to Japan in October, and feeling lost on figuring out a ryokan in the mountains. Please help, or point us to a travel agent that can. [more inside]
Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011? Should I travel there and then at all? I'm trying to plan a round-the-world trip and am finding it very difficult. Apologies for my rambling question - I could really do with your help. [more inside]
What can I put in a care package for a new mother in Japan? (I'm in the U.S.) [more inside]
I've lived in Japan for some time now, but I'm not very good at the language. When I encounter anything beyond the simple, and I don't understand what's going on, I feel frustrated, then angry, then ashamed, which undermines any confidence I have to speak the language, which makes it less likely that I'll do better the next time. What can I do to break this cycle? [more inside]
I have 2 chinese characters tattooed onto my left arm. I'm travelling to Tokyo and Hong Kong next year. It will be winter so probably a non-issue, but what would the reaction be if I were to show it?
What about public onsen in Japan? Would it cause any problems?
I'm traveling to Japan and Singapore soon, returning to the US on October 1, 2010. My passport expires April 11, 2011. Singapore's entry requirements state that the passport must be valid for at least six more months. Do I need to renew before I go? [more inside]
Where can I get some awesome takoyaki in the DC area? [more inside]
Next week, I'm going to be in Tokyo for a few days and then Kyoto for another day or two. What shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
[TokyoFilter]: Planning a November honeymoon in Tokyo. Help two non-Japanese speaking USians who have dreamed of visiting Tokyo their entire lives figure out what's worth planning/reserving/paying for and what's not -- arigato in advance! [more inside]
Is there contraceptive gel in Japan? How do I find it? [more inside]
Looking for an older note of great artistic quality... [more inside]
Looking for a v.sad story I read on the 'net years ago about a nursing home in Japan that had mannequins of children playing in the grounds. [more inside]
My dad is heading to Japan. I think he'll be in the Tokyo area. He's offered to try and find interesting stuff that's hard to get over here. Thing is, I'm not sure what to ask for or where to have him try and look… [more inside]
My buddy and I are going to Japan for vacation. We need help in deciding on where to stay and what to do. [more inside]
People who live in Japan: what do you buy to bring back to Japan when you visit your home country? Mostly looking for things for personal use.
Gift or resale ideas are welcome too.
What English-language science fiction books would you recommend I teach to Japanese high school students? [more inside]
Should I keep my US-based health insurance while I am working abroad for a year in Japan? I have a pre-existing condition. [more inside]