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Old 2006-07-04, 11:18   Link #81
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let me ask... i've always adored the old style areas of japan with the temples, and the shrines, and possibly the old style houses? do they have those? and has anyone here moved there at an older age and had to learn the language? its always been on my list of dreams to go to japan. i havent visited any country and always wondered what japan would be like.
Hi, how do you do?

Well, at first, I answer the 1st question.
Yes, we have old style areas especially near temples or historic spots.
Local goverment often regulate breaking the old style houses, if they are worth preservating.

But if you are in metropolitan area like Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, etc, it is a little bit difficult to find the real traditional old style building. Because there are so many modern buildings like in U.S. and european countries.
(Of course, there are some Japanese style houses or unique buildings, though)

If you get out of metropolitan area, you can find so many old style houses.
You will see rural seanary of Japan, after riding a train for 1~3h.

As I am in Kansai area(including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe), I recommend you to visit Kansai area.
Kansai area has longer history than Tokyo(Kanto area).
Therefore you can enjoy traditional cultures.
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Old 2006-07-04, 21:47   Link #82
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Hi, how do you do?

Well, at first, I answer the 1st question.
Yes, we have old style areas especially near temples or historic spots.
Local goverment often regulate breaking the old style houses, if they are worth preservating.

As I am in Kansai area(including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe), I recommend you to visit Kansai area. Kansai area has longer history than Tokyo(Kanto area).
Therefore you can enjoy traditional cultures.
Ah. Thanks for answering the question.. I'm actually really interested in visiting Japan's countryside, moreso than city areas like Tokyo, but it'll be some time before I ever get enough money and time to do so..
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Old 2006-07-05, 16:35   Link #83
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I wanted to know. Myself being African-American how do the Japanese view minorities outside the tourist trap areas. In Europe I spent several weeks travelling yet felt totally safe.

What is the night-life like?

What clubs or bars are popular?
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Old 2006-07-05, 17:05   Link #84
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Japan is the safest place around.

About minorities, well...
Don't ask me, I could get angry...
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Old 2006-07-06, 16:19   Link #85
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You can find good resources on life in japan as a brother, over at http://www.blacktokyo.com/
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Old 2006-07-06, 20:08   Link #86
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Last Christmas, a friend made me a kakebuton. It was very warm, but now it's well into summer and I have a problem. I don't know how to wash it. I'd really like to before I tuck it away in my closet.

The fabric and batting are both cotton (I think). I don't know if there's any reason why I can't just wash it in a machine, other than that a kakebuton is exotic and it was hand-made and everything. Also, I know most people in Japan dry their laundry on clothes lines which I could probably manage, but with difficulty. I'd really rather just put it in the dryer, but I won't if it needs gentler care. So, can anyone help me?
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Old 2006-10-18, 16:15   Link #87
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Where I live in Mťxico whether it's inside a shopping mall or outdoors on the street there would be people handing flyers to pedestrians. For not behaving rude we do take the item or flyer, but mostly we end up dumping it at the nearby trashcan our eyes pick.

When cases present about couples handing flyers about missing people we do give response to the person when he or she approaches or address us about the whereabouts of that missing person, though virtually we would answer the same reply- that we haven't seen or met the missing person.

In Japan is it the same outcome? or do people there tend to avoid those persons that are handing flyers like the plague and never bother to take one?
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Old 2006-10-18, 17:53   Link #88
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Where I live in Mťxico whether it's inside a shopping mall or outdoors on the street there would be people handing flyers to pedestrians. For not behaving rude we do take the item or flyer, but mostly we end up dumping it at the nearby trashcan our eyes pick.

When cases present about couples handing flyers about missing people we do give response to the person when he or she approaches or address us about the whereabouts of that missing person, though virtually we would answer the same reply- that we haven't seen or met the missing person.

In Japan is it the same outcome? or do people there tend to avoid those persons that are handing flyers like the plague and never bother to take one?
From what I saw when I was in Japan they're a little more clever about it, they place their advertisments on things you actually want, so they hand out little packets of tissues, (like the one that Ryusuke gives Koyuki in the first episode of Beck) or on fans during the summer, it gets ungodly hot in Tokyo, people take them because their useful, and the advertisers get their ads out, everyone wins.
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Old 2006-10-18, 17:57   Link #89
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From what I saw when I was in Japan they're a little more clever about it, they place their advertisments on things you actually want, so they hand out little packets of tissues, (like the one that Ryusuke gives Koyuki in the first episode of Beck) or on fans during the summer, it gets ungodly hot in Tokyo, people take them because their useful, and the advertisers get their ads out, everyone wins.
If you ever do an arbeit in handing out tissues, you are taught the best way to hand them so they actually take them in their hands rather than ignoring you. Passively handing them out will take you forever to meet your quota. One needs to be assertive by handing them out at the stomach to chest line.

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let me ask... i've always adored the old style areas of japan with the temples, and the shrines, and possibly the old style houses? do they have those? and has anyone here moved there at an older age and had to learn the language? its always been on my list of dreams to go to japan. i havent visited any country and always wondered what japan would be like.
Not to be outdone by a person from Kansai, the Kanto region has its own rich culture when it comes to the Edo period, as with Nikko Toshogu, and various shrines and temples built by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Asakusa is rich in its own Edokko culture as well. Of course, nothing can beat the Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkakuji in Kyoto as that is the old capital, but you can practically visit anywhere in Japan to sightsee such ancient temples and buildings spanning from the clay potteries of Jomon to the artisans of Edo.
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Old 2006-10-18, 20:51   Link #90
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This is a dangerous statistical generalization. Does it apply the same WITHIN jobs?

Apparently people did such research and made general claims like "female professors earn less than male professors in Universities", and upon deeper investigation there was an underlying reason found. Basically, female professors were mostly those of the social sciences or the arts, while male professors dominated the hard sciences. Hard science (medical, physics, biology, astrophysics, etc) professors earn more money than non-science professors in general. It was also found that within departments, the wages between sexes were equal (and in some cases, the females were paid more).

This bubble has been burst, but the myth persists.

Don't depend on statisticians to do your thinking for you.

Ah, the pernicious Simpson's Paradox pokes its head out again!

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Old 2006-10-19, 12:51   Link #91
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How much does the average Japanese walks in his or her entire lifespan?

Reference post. Japan's people move more with their feet than with car wheels from place to place.
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Old 2006-11-03, 11:22   Link #92
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Is it true that Japanese houses have very few insulation and that central heating is pretty rare?
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Old 2006-11-03, 13:34   Link #93
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Is it true that Japanese houses have very few insulation and that central heating is pretty rare?
Speaking generally, yes.

There are exceptions, and people are beginning to see the wisdom in insulation and decent heating systems.

They have other ways of coping with the cold, though. Sadly, few of these actually involve being genuinely warm.
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Old 2006-11-03, 17:30   Link #94
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Speaking generally, yes.

There are exceptions, and people are beginning to see the wisdom in insulation and decent heating systems.

They have other ways of coping with the cold, though. Sadly, few of these actually involve being genuinely warm.
During the summer they don't tend to stay very cool either, I spent a few weeks with my uncle in Tokyo a few summers ago, and anyone who knows anything about Tokyo in the summer knows that it becomes ungodly hot. My aunt is Japanese, and believes in many of the Japanese housewife superstitions such as: Air-conditioning is bad for you. She would leave the air conditioning off all day in more than 100 degree heat and only turn it on when my uncle or I got home. Everyone pray for my uncle, he lives next door to his mother-in-law who is slowly turning my aunt crazier and crazier.
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Old 2006-11-05, 03:06   Link #95
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During the summer they don't tend to stay very cool either, I spent a few weeks with my uncle in Tokyo a few summers ago, and anyone who knows anything about Tokyo in the summer knows that it becomes ungodly hot. My aunt is Japanese, and believes in many of the Japanese housewife superstitions such as: Air-conditioning is bad for you. She would leave the air conditioning off all day in more than 100 degree heat and only turn it on when my uncle or I got home. Everyone pray for my uncle, he lives next door to his mother-in-law who is slowly turning my aunt crazier and crazier.
Actually, air conditioning is bad for you if you leave it on to much, and don't let fresh air in here and there. The air pollution in the home can build up, especially if the filter isn't changed. Also, the air starts to feel stale, and it gets really dry. It's something I've noticed living in Florida (woo AC 9-10 months a year). But it won't kill you or anything. But yes, if it's 100 degrees, time to throw that thing on!

My question: Are politics a large issue in Japan? I ask because there's always the old stand-by here of "don't talk politics or reilgion"(at least when your first getting to know someone). How does that go in Japan?
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Old 2006-11-05, 10:24   Link #96
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My question: Are politics a large issue in Japan? I ask because there's always the old stand-by here of "don't talk politics or reilgion"(at least when your first getting to know someone). How does that go in Japan?
I have been told that politics in japan only appear during elections saying "Thanks, thanks" and that the Goverment is like an obscure god-like entity to the population.
Newspapers are not very informative and focus more on reports and stadistical data and other useless stuff. Something like "The averange house size is X square meters" and "Best restaurants around" but not politics.
However this is just what I have heard. I don't know.
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Old 2006-11-05, 17:40   Link #97
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I don't know much about Japanese Politics, but for the most part the Liberal Democratic Party has ruled Japan, which is ironic because its has a conservative right-wing ideology. They were kept in power until the 1990s partially through CIA funds who wanted to prevent socialists and communists from taking control. The LDP just recently took control of the government again. Wikipedia article
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Old 2006-11-07, 23:33   Link #98
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The bamboo folk dance tradition that the japanese schools have...whats the song called?I heard the melody on the radio today in some unknown rap song crap,some little girls were singing the english lyrics but i couldnt make out the words.
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Old 2006-11-09, 16:04   Link #99
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things not to do in japan

never yell or show emotion in public
leave work before your superior
dont put soy saus on rice
impail chopsticks in rice
dont call anyone by first name and don't expect to be called your first name
dont hug or kiss
dont criticise anyone or anything directly
dont blow your nose at the food table

there are many others but i have to go to class and oniichan needs his computer back

bye
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Old 2006-11-09, 21:10   Link #100
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Wow Tsukiko-chan, you paint a picture of a very uptight society (to each their own). Though I can see the no yelling in Public thing, no hugging or kissing in public?

So anyways, what if your criticism is constructive. Like "that looks good, but if you did 'this' it would look even better." I mean some people would take offense to that here, but if your generally honest and are really trying to help them, most people don't care. And if they trust your opinions, might actually take the advice to heart.
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