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adventuring out of tokyo

1.5 months in Japan and I'm loving it. Now that I'm used to the neighborhoods, and had a few great mini-travel experiences, I want to push myself and my time here more. Help me plan adventures? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Who marks up their art on purpose?

Is there an Asian practice of placing dots in the corner of paintings to show imperfection / humility? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on May 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Good recruiters and programs for teaching English in Japan?

Can you recommend recruiters or specific programs for someone who would like to teach English in Japan, starting this fall? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Apr 29, 2010 - 6 answers

What's the name for the art of not talking about what you're talking about?

In Japan, there was—and maybe still is?—a practice of communicating via allusion. I figure there must be a name for that, so tell me what it is. [more inside]
posted by Su on Apr 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Japanese Customs (of the non-social variety)

I may have to hand-carry 50 copies of an English-language business book into Japan next month. I will declare the books to the customs inspector at Narita. Does anyone have experience doing this? Does Japanese Customs only accept cash? Is my lack of Japanese likely to be a problem? Is this a one-stop process, or will I have to collect the books later? Thanks in advance!
posted by quidividi on Apr 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Russo-Japanese War, part II

Please help me decide between Eastern Europe and Japan for vacation. [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Apr 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Wanted: "Programmatic Handwriting Recognition for Dummies".

How can I learn how to programmatically recognized Japanese handwriting? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Traveller's suitcase

Help me find a tattoo artist in both Korea and Japan while giving me advice how to communicate what I want and what the artist thinks I need. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Apr 12, 2010 - 7 answers

48 hours in Tokyo...or maybe not?

48 hours in Tokyo...or maybe not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Japanese Translation

Can anyone translate these Japanese antidepressant ads and this book cover? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Apr 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Suggestions for temp internet access in Japan

I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for a) a rental phone plan and b) some way of getting internet connectivity during a two-month stay in Japan. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Apr 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Narita to Shimbashi Station, After 10pm?

Tokyo Travel: I am arriving at Narita at 9:30pm Saturday night, with reservations at a hotel near Shimbashi Station that evening. Is this trip possible? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on Mar 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me with Travel to Japan, please!

Please help me understand travel to Japan [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Mar 30, 2010 - 17 answers

Best flyer mile program for frequent travel to Japan?

What is the best frequent-flyer mile program for someone who travels from the US to Japan at least once per year, and makes several trips within the US per year? [more inside]
posted by twblalock on Mar 28, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I fly business to Japan on the cheap(er)?

I would like to fly business class to Japan. Any tips on doing this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r on Mar 28, 2010 - 12 answers

History of white (not whole-grain) rice in Japan

When did the Japanese stop eating whole-grain rice and switch to white rice? I imagine that this was a gradual move, starting with the rich and slowly filtering down to the masses, and I'd like to know, generally, when it started, and when everybody was eating white rice only.
posted by ovesh on Mar 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Recommendations for modern Japanese novels?

Great Japanese novels? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 13, 2010 - 27 answers

how to get tinkering

I want to make little machines that do cool things. I've been daydreaming and doing moderate "research" for years and years. How do I make this into reality? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 13, 2010 - 8 answers

One evening in Tokyo

Traveling in Tokyo filter: My nephew, who is in the U.S. Air Force, is traveling to his first posting at Misawa AB, in Aomori Prefecture, in Japan. He will arrive at Narita at 2:55 pm local time on March 17, and needs to get to Haneda airport for a 7:55 am flight to Misawa the next morning, March 18. He'll have one afternoon and evening in Tokyo to do a little sightseeing. Suggestions and travel help? [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Mar 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Help us plan our honeymoon in Japan.

Help us plan our honeymoon in Japan. [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Mar 8, 2010 - 13 answers

Itinerary and other angst about my trip to Japan

We're going to Japan for a week, in three weeks. I'm very nervous about a bunch of stuff. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 6, 2010 - 35 answers

From Tokyo Big Site to Narita Airport

What is the best way to take Tokyo's railways from the Tokyo Big Sight (Comiket) to Narita Airport? I've gone to this site and this site and looked at several railway maps from the various transportation companies, but I am just getting more confused. I don't mind a long ride, so the fewer transfers the better. I'm leaving on a Saturday evening.
posted by ayc200 on Feb 28, 2010 - 9 answers

residential Tokyo?

How to see "the real Tokyo" (in three days)? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Camera availability in Japan

I wanted to get a new camera before my snowboarding trip to Japan later this month, but the model that I want, the Sony DSC-HX5V/B, isn't available until mid-march. But I've got a 1 night stopover in Tokyo, electronics wonderland! How can I find out if it will have been already released there so I can get it on the way?
posted by ben5757 on Feb 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Are Japanese "ryaku-bou" field cap style hats kosher?

[JapanFilter] Are Japanese "ryaku-bou" (略帽) field cap style hats still produced/worn or are they inextricably linked to Japanese fascism/militarism? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Feb 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Must-not-miss food and restaurants in Kyoto

Recommendations needed for must-try restaurants and food in Kyoto! [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on Feb 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Japan itinerary and a question about Tokyo music clubs

Japan in 6 days hahaha...need some help with itinerary and a little music question too... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Instruction for proper Japanese bowing technique

A humorous visual guide to proper Japanese bowing technique. Does anyone have a link? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Japanese Mental Health and Welfare Law

Where can I find English translations (or, heck, even a Japanese version) of Japanese laws relating to mental illness and patients' rights? [more inside]
posted by Lirp on Feb 10, 2010 - 5 answers

I'd prefer not to spend my entire vacation budget on the plane.

What can I do to get a lower fare from Detroit, MI to Nagoya, Japan? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Feb 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Double-barreled given names in Japan: Just how inconvenient are they?

I want to learn more about how Japanese bureaucracy handles Japan-born kids registered with "double-barreled" given names (like MIYASHITA Jamie Shizu 宮下ジェイミー静). If you have personal stories, please share. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Feb 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Mystery Caterpillar Giant Fun Time!

Help identify this Japanese travel show featuring a guy in a green caterpillar outfit. [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Feb 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Tokyo/Hiroshima trip advice

I’m going to Japan for the first time in late March and I would appreciate some travel advice. [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack on Feb 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Identify inscriptions on wood beams in a shogun cemetery?

Can you identify and/or translate the inscriptions on the vertical wooden beams in this picture? Or provide some historical background? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Indie/electro clubs in Japan?

Can anyone recommend good clubs in Japan (especially Tokyo) that play music that would appeal to your typical Pitchfork reader? I'm thinking along the lines of indie electro/pop/rock music, a bit of hip hop in there, and maybe some older favourites.
posted by teem on Jan 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Where can I listen to Japanese train station melodies?

Where can I listen to Japanese train and bus station melodies and onboard announcements, preferably without installing RealPlayer? My previous go-to archive is 404ing. My Japanese is mediocre but good enough to help me navigate sites.
posted by avocet on Dec 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me find winter haiku with translations

俳句フィルター:Help me find great winter haiku in their original Japanese, but with English translations. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Dec 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Name that 2002 Japanese Movie

Name that Japanese movie: seen onboard Japan Airlines in 2002-2003. Salaryman becomes obsessed with building a space rocket in his back garden. [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady on Dec 7, 2009 - 5 answers

What's it like to work as a foreign hostess in Japan?

What's it like to work as a foreign hostess in Japan? Really. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2009 - 14 answers

Traveling near Tokyo in December?

Some last minute business brings my girlfriend and I to Tokyo this December, and we'll be spending a week's vacation there as well. We've been to Tokyo before, so what can a couple do out of the city (but nearby) during winter? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Nov 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Intergalactic Google-fu Fail...

I've searched here, there, and everywhere for information on the optimal time/date for viewing this year's Leonid meteor shower from my little corner of central Japan. Has anyone else out there been able to find something with a world clock style of interface or am I reaching? I checked the IMO, but found their schedule unwieldy.... [more inside]
posted by squasha on Nov 16, 2009 - 6 answers

The Wedding of Princess Ka'iulani

Has anyone heard of a mural painting called "The Wedding of Princess Ka'iulani" commissioned on his return home by a Japanese businessman who visited Hawaii and was moved by her short life? [more inside]
posted by LadyOscar on Nov 13, 2009 - 0 answers

Working abroad? Sweet. LDR? Not so much.

Visafilter: I've been hitting a brick wall with the Japanese consulate regarding same-sex partners and dependent-visa eligibility. Any Mefites have experience with this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by azuresunday on Nov 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Visiting Tokyo over the new year.

I'll be visiting Tokyo for the first time over the new year. I arrive on 12/30 and plan to return to the states on 1/06. Looking for suggestions on where to stay and what to do (I understand most shops and attractions will be closed on and around the new year).
posted by aladfar on Nov 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me find a winter coat in Tokyo!

I'll be in Tokyo in a few weeks, and I want to buy a new winter coat while I'm there. Budget: $250ish. I'm looking for something fairly simple, classic and durable. I'm not going to have too much time for shopping, so I'd like suggestions of specific shops I could visit, and if possible, links to online stores so that I can have an idea of what to expect. [more inside]
posted by Athelthral on Nov 5, 2009 - 12 answers

Free WiFi in Tokyo and the rest of Japan?

How widespread is free, open WiFi in Japan (Tokyo especially)? [more inside]
posted by teem on Nov 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Picking a cellphone in Japan: iPhone or not?

I just moved in Tokyo, where I'll stay for a year. I need a cellphone and I'm leaning towards getting an iPhone. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by remi on Nov 1, 2009 - 16 answers

What is the REAL name of the Japanese pranks show people are calling "Panic Face King"?

There is a video making the rounds that is supposedly from an extreme Japanese pranks show called "Panic Face King." I have been unable to find any additional information on this show, which leads me to believe this is not the real name (or not the correct translation). [more inside]
posted by phonepimpster on Oct 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Curiously Stronger

Where can I get the best (strongest) mints in the world? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Oct 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Give Me Anime-Induced Nightmares Again

Help me identify a anime from my childhood about a superhero alien with boob death lasers. [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Oct 19, 2009 - 2 answers

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