Tell me about living in Okayama, Japan. [more inside]
Are there any cheaper alternatives to the Japan Rail Pass? For two adults traveling mainly around Tokyo, as well as a few days in Osaka and one day trip to Nara, for a total of 10 days. *Bonus question - what are the best places in these cities to see contemporary Japanese art?
Please suggest some fun, affordable places to go and things for my boyfriend and me to do on the weekends! Location-specific ideas would be especially appreciated. We live in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan, about an hour by train from Tokyo. Slightly long list of preferences and details inside. [more inside]
Need help identifying this Japanese game show... and hopefully finding a clip online. [more inside]
Japan-themed gift for a 12 year old boy. He's interested in anime, video games, and all things Japanese (even though he doesn't really know that much about Japan). A book with lots of photos would be great, but adult ones have too many words, and kids ones have too little real info. This book looks perfect, but it's not releasing until this summer.
Totally failing at finding a series of videos of a Japanese man in a jumpsuit and hardhat who has invented several musical instruments based on solenioids. Anybody know what I'm talking about and/or where to find them?
Once upon a time I saw a few episodes of a japanese TV show about a girl who runs an okonomiyaki restaurant (I think?) in Japan who travels the country with her cast-iron griddle looking for her father. Every episode ends with her in a cook-off against some random person. It was on TV in the Bay Area and subtitled. What the heck was this show? It has defeated even my powerful google-fu.
Antidepressant question: Milnacipran? I'd never heard of it, but I'll likely transition from venlafaxine (Effexor) to milnacipran (brand names Toledomin, Savella, Ixel etc.) soon due to an upcoming move (from US) to Japan. Venlafaxine is not available in Japan. [more inside]
TESOL filter: how do I get from my MA to a PhD, via Japan? [more inside]
For my girlfriend: Buying women's clothes in Japan that aren't just meant for the average Asian body structure? [more inside]
I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form. I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
We're planning a trip to go to Japan, and I'm wondering if it would be worth it to go during tsuyu (the rainy season). We'd be mainly based in Kyoto for the days we're there. Looking for some advice and anecdotal stories, and whether you think it'd be worth it. [more inside]
Please help me to buy a music box for my wife. [more inside]
Are mid/lower-priced ryokan (with kaiseki etc) worth it? And a bonus ryokan-related question! [more inside]
Where should I stay in Tokyo for 2+ months? Any possible alternatives to gaijin houses, or which/where are the best ones? [more inside]
What are some good, less-well-known places to go west of Tokyo . . . this weekend? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone recommend a Japanese restaurant with equally strong sushi and non-sushi menus for a sushi first-timer?
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]