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Old 2007-07-08, 22:18   Link #321
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If you're not iffy about meeting up with someone you barely know (as seems the case here), I recommend trying Japan-Guide forums.

Good luck... that trip's going to rawk.
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Old 2007-07-09, 00:19   Link #322
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yeah, I was going to say.... asking someone you barely know to spend two weeks of their life being your tourguide for free is a bit much.

Its a bit late to just *MAKE FRIENDS* via penpal or Web, so Japan-Guides is a good start.
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Old 2007-07-09, 04:29   Link #323
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Thanks again. I kind of thought that was the general response but just wanted to make sure.



I'm not 20 so I can't drink in Japan. And all the bits of information are helpful.
Soo more questions?

1) Is there some site online I can see what is in Akihabara? Their main site maybe? I might want to buy some thingies and I kind of want a little look before I go? Japanese websites work too.

2) Maybe this is a question for the Japanese Language thread but anyways, do Japanese people feel that words like Computer and Konpuuta are two separate words?

3) What would make a good family gift for my host family? I already got something for each member and thought that getting an overall gift for the family would be nice as well.
1) The question is, what can you NOT find in Akihabara.
Akihabara is not a store, so looking for their "main site" to give you all the info isn't very practical. Akihabara is name of a street.
It was originally a electronics street, but in the recent decades have turned into otaku mecca, with countless video games, anime, books, toys, and electronics stores. And I mean hundreds.
Stores come and go very fast, every time I visit Akihabara I see diffrent stores opening and closing.
You'll find anything short of a breathing moving HMX-12 maid robot there.

2) Uh, I don't quite understand the question. No, they aren't two separate words. Japanese can't pronounciate english well, that's all.

3) Sorry, can't help you there... what to get for a family is a universal problem, not anything native to Japanese. Meaning, not knowing who those people are, I have no idea what they would like as gift.
Maybe you could take a look at what the fads are in Japan right now, and see if there's something you can get from US.
For example, Billy Blanks is old news in US, but he's getting very popular in Japan right now... but the DVD prices in Japan are 2 to 3 times higher than US. Those ladies into fitness might like that. And so on. Ask the family what kind of stuff they are into.
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Old 2007-07-10, 07:19   Link #324
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I have been to Japan last year^_^
I'm very very like the landscape of Shikoku.And I like Japanese school.
I hope I can become an exchange student in the future.
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Old 2007-09-25, 03:14   Link #325
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I also look forward to going to Japan, the culture and lifestyle is really different when in comparison to Australia. I plan to go there for a month sometime next year =)
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Old 2007-09-25, 14:04   Link #326
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This information helps a lot guys. I'm going to Japan as my graduation gift from my parents for two weeks next summer to stay with my stepbro who's in the Navy.
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Old 2007-10-04, 17:38   Link #327
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I wanna visit Japan someday...I wish to visit Japan before I'm 20...
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Old 2007-10-28, 02:12   Link #328
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Well, one of the avenues for spending an extended visit to Japan crashed this week.

The NOVA english-teaching program declared bankruptcy, leaving about 4000 english conversational teachers stranded. Many had not been paid in a month. Now their visas may be in jeopardy though all the details are still being worked out.
Several of the embassies are working out discount deals to get teachers back to their native country who want to go... but a lot of teachers are already out of funds because of the payroll issues. The company's crash has been a while in coming but the owner (who is a millionaire) may be on the hook for a lot of angry employees, customers, and a few government agencies before it is done.

At the least, this is creating a surplus of english-conversation teachers on the Japanese market and the other schools may pick some of them up... but that leaves new applicants out in the cold for a while.

Teaching english in Japan permits you to stay there a year and that can be extended to 3 years without a lot of hassle. The JET program is the best known but there are dozens of schools (many fairly small) as well. Most/all of them require a four-year college degree and most have additional requirements that vary from school to school.
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Old 2007-10-28, 15:11   Link #329
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Don't forget to visit the maid cafe!
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Old 2007-10-28, 15:28   Link #330
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I never been in Japan and I wanted to visit with my family ....
so I wanna know what the beautiful city in Japan ??
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Old 2007-10-28, 19:37   Link #331
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I don't recommend Visiting Japan now
Because A Halloween ecase happens
If a plan is fixed,I want you to follow a manner when you get on train
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Old 2007-10-28, 19:54   Link #332
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about icf20405's post:
What he's trying to say, is that there's a secret gathering of foreigners that's planning to throw a party in middle of subway on Halloween. This is raising some eyebrows in Japan.

They intend to raise some ruckus, make some public nuisance, and have some fun.
You know, usual teenage stuff you see overseas... except it's bunch of foreigners (lots of white boys, from the looks of it) planning to do it on a packed train in Japan.
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Old 2007-10-28, 21:34   Link #333
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Oh, *that* will go over well.... not.
I've heard about the "trick" .. I suspect it'll either just be stared at or go badly if some officer is having an 'anti-gaijin' mood moment.
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Old 2007-10-29, 01:34   Link #334
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Don't forget to visit the maid cafe!
I've already done some research and found where they are. What totally killed me was that one of the cafés I found is looking to hire a foreign girl and I fit the requirements perfectly.... except that I don't live in Akihabara!

Living the life of a poor, green-haired, cat-eared, meido outfit-wearing alien in Akihabara will have to wait....
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Old 2007-10-29, 10:29   Link #335
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Well, they went ahead and did it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ljILSaH7CA
Foreigners train-jack the Yamanote line and throw a Halloween party.

I dunno, it looks like a typical college kids having fun to me.
I mean sure, it's public nuisance, but nothing unusual.
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Old 2007-10-29, 18:19   Link #336
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Oh my Goodness Ive always wanted to go to japan since i was five(when i first started watching anime)!!! Heh heh Its always been my dream to atleast visit If i ever miss out on that chance in my life i would just die.
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Old 2007-10-29, 19:10   Link #337
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Oh, *that* will go over well.... not.
I've heard about the "trick" .. I suspect it'll either just be stared at or go badly if some officer is having an 'anti-gaijin' mood moment.
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I've already done some research and found where they are. What totally killed me was that one of the cafés I found is looking to hire a foreign girl and I fit the requirements perfectly.... except that I don't live in Akihabara!

Living the life of a poor, green-haired, cat-eared, meido outfit-wearing alien in Akihabara will have to wait....
Well there is a closer one if your a US resident and thats to take a trip to Canada. For those of you who dont know the maid cafe here is a video! SUBBED! hahaha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHbUurgYsog

Here is the actual one from Canada! Woot time for a trip!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JwPTlEiWYY

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Old 2007-10-29, 20:16   Link #338
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Well, they went ahead and did it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ljILSaH7CA
Froeigners train-jack the Yamanote line and throw a Halloween party.

I dunno, it looks like a typical college kids having fun to me.
I mean sure, it's public nuisance, but nothing unusual.
And then you wonder why they have stereotypes about foreigners

@Kwerks[And where exactly is that Cosplay Cafe?. O.o]
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Old 2007-10-29, 20:26   Link #339
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Um, only just noticed this. Wonder if it should really be in the odd-news thread...
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I dunno, it looks like a typical college kids having fun to me.
I mean sure, it's public nuisance, but nothing unusual.
Indeed, at everyone else's expense no doubt. Which is, as you say, nothing unusual and quite in keeping with my own recollections of living around students. Do I sound like a grumpy old man? heh. Still, I doubt it would help Japan's view of "non-Japanese". I'm sure most of the people who "suffered" it will brush it off and carry on quietly, but is is bound to harm their impression of "foreigners". Having said that some people seemed to find it amusing, so maybe I've got it all wrong. I just find it sad more than anything... rather disrespectful to the country in which they are guests.

I hate to think what the London Underground and dare I say it, the British Police, would do if students or foreigners tried taking over a train for a party...
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Old 2007-10-29, 21:52   Link #340
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I was saving up to go to Japan this summer, but I abandoned the idea when I found out that the US dollar was going down drastically in value. Now it's going to really hard to go. Next to impossible. Unless I was rich of course. But I'm not. Maybe one day I can visit. I've always wanted to see it.
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