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Old 2009-04-05, 15:37   Link #501
Guardian Enzo
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I miss Japan.

I miss the jaw-dropping temples and shrines in the strangest places.
I miss convenience store bento from 7-11 and AM-PM when you're starving and poor.
I miss curry bread.
I miss businessmen and hot women reading manga in public without a trace of self-consciousness.
I miss vending machines everywhere with 20 kinds of coffee in a can.
I miss Tommy Lee Jones' face on the vending machines.
I miss toilets more technologically advanced than my laptop.
I miss the jingles at every train station in Tokyo.
I miss the utter chaos at Shinjuku Station that somehow is completely ordered.
I miss the coffee-cart girls on the Shinkansen.
But most of all,
I miss waking up in the morning and thinking "Sugoi - I'm in Japan!"
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Old 2009-04-05, 18:14   Link #502
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I miss Japan.

I miss the jaw-dropping temples and shrines in the strangest places.
I miss convenience store bento from 7-11 ans AM-PM when you're starving and poor.
I miss curry bread.
I miss businessmen and hot women reading manga in public without a trace of self-consciousness.
I miss vending machines everywhere with 20 kinds of coffee in a can.
I miss Tommy Lee Jones' face on the vending machines.
I miss toilets more technologically advanced than my laptop.
I miss the jingles at every train station in Tokyo.
I miss the utter chaos at Shinjuku Station that somehow is completely ordered.
I miss the coffee-cart girls on the Shinkansen.
But most of all,
I miss waking up in the morning and thinking "Sugoi - I'm in Japan!"
Ah, it's the post holiday blues, i see... only this time round it specifies to: Nihon blues

Well then, you better work hard and save up to return then, don't you?
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Old 2009-04-07, 18:00   Link #503
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Location: Dying to get back to Japan (but currently near Chicago)
Age: 26
It's looking more definite that I'll be able to head back to Japan this August. I can't wait. It's been over a year already and I've been suffering from withdrawals the whole time. If I can't make it over there this summer, then I won't be able to go back until after I graduate, which would be after the summer of 2011. That'd be horrible, so I hope it all works out.
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Old 2009-04-16, 15:11   Link #504
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Hi.


I had a couple of questions for those of you who have been, or are from, Hokkaido.

*What are the temperature ranges on the island season to season? (I hear it's like parts of Canada, being warm yet dry in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter...)

*Is it difficult to find hotels, guest rooms or whatnot that have the same kind of central heating and/or air conditioning that you'd find in places like Toronto?

*Is there much to be found regarding the Ainu in Sapporo (or Satporo, if you prefer) or would you need to go to places like Nibutani to see more?

*I had heard there were a few sites not too far from Hakodate which are similar to Sannai-Maruyama down in Aomori (allegedly, these sites and Sannai-Maruyama were nodes of cross-strait traffic, but I'm not sure) - does anyone know for certain, and if so, whether or not they can be visited the way the one in Aomori can?


Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Old 2009-04-17, 06:06   Link #505
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OK time to attack the questions.

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*What are the temperature ranges on the island season to season? (I hear it's like parts of Canada, being warm yet dry in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter...)
For Hokkaido (within the more central areas, at least) summers are generally hot but not humid, and winters quite cold and snowy. So, yes, like Canada. But beware of the fringes - they're more like Yukon or Alaska. *A Japanese who's been to Canada is rare indeed. At the expense on my Japanese skills.*

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*Is it difficult to find hotels, guest rooms or whatnot that have the same kind of central heating and/or air conditioning that you'd find in places like Toronto?
If you're worried about that, the major cities of Sapporo and Hakodate have no lack of them. Minimally, if you intend to use trains a lot, then get yourself a JR Pass/JR Hokkaido Pass which will entitle you to discounts at JR hotels, which are usually 4-5 stars. All have creature comforts (within the big cities), last I checked. Otherwise, just look about, most hotels in Sapporo have such stuff, no worries really.

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*Is there much to be found regarding the Ainu in Sapporo (or Satporo, if you prefer) or would you need to go to places like Nibutani to see more?
It's SAPPORO, right? Even when I'm drunk, my beer can still tells me SAPPORO. Well Ainu stuff... Sapporo Pirka Kotan is a good place to start. But I think it's the only insitute in Sapporo on Ainu, so get your bearings from there.

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*I had heard there were a few sites not too far from Hakodate which are similar to Sannai-Maruyama down in Aomori (allegedly, these sites and Sannai-Maruyama were nodes of cross-strait traffic, but I'm not sure) - does anyone know for certain, and if so, whether or not they can be visited the way the one in Aomori can?
Hm. Not that I know of.
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Old 2009-04-17, 06:20   Link #506
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For Hokkaido (within the more central areas, at least) summers are generally hot but not humid, and winters quite cold and snowy. So, yes, like Canada. But beware of the fringes - they're more like Yukon or Alaska. *A Japanese who's been to Canada is rare indeed. At the expense on my Japanese skills.*
I know a Japanese who's been in Canada. She said that most of Hokkaido is like Toronto-Ottawa region in that regard.


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Minimally, if you intend to use trains a lot, then get yourself a JR Pass/JR Hokkaido Pass which will entitle you to discounts at JR hotels, which are usually 4-5 stars. All have creature comforts (within the big cities), last I checked. Otherwise, just look about, most hotels in Sapporo have such stuff, no worries really.
That raises another question: which is cheaper, JR hotels with the discount or regular ryokan without it? I couldn't care less about Western style rooms/amenities, but price difference for three-four weeks' could be significant. And I don't think I can use gaijin houses, since I'll be moving around a lot (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and maybe a couple more cities)
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Old 2009-04-17, 06:32   Link #507
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I know a Japanese who's been in Canada. She said that most of Hokkaido is like Toronto-Ottawa region in that regard.
She probably hasn't been to the fringes.

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That raises another question: which is cheaper, JR hotels with the discount or regular ryokan without it? I couldn't care less about Western style rooms/amenities, but price difference for three-four weeks' could be significant. And I don't think I can use gaijin houses, since I'll be moving around a lot (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and maybe a couple more cities)
Hm. Seasonal. In peak seasons, JR is more expensive. In lull seasons, Ryokans are pricey. I think. Hokkaido tends to deviate from Japanese norms, however.
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Old 2009-04-17, 09:49   Link #508
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OK time to attack the questions.
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For Hokkaido (within the more central areas, at least) summers are generally hot but not humid, and winters quite cold and snowy. So, yes, like Canada. But beware of the fringes - they're more like Yukon or Alaska. *A Japanese who's been to Canada is rare indeed. At the expense on my Japanese skills.*
Duly noted, thank you.

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If you're worried about that, the major cities of Sapporo and Hakodate have no lack of them. Minimally, if you intend to use trains a lot, then get yourself a JR Pass/JR Hokkaido Pass which will entitle you to discounts at JR hotels, which are usually 4-5 stars. All have creature comforts (within the big cities), last I checked. Otherwise, just look about, most hotels in Sapporo have such stuff, no worries really.
Thanks for that, but I was also wondering about the kind of rented apartments and stuff one might want to use for a longer stay.

(I had heard that relatively few homes there would be as well-insulated and outfitted with the kind of central heating you see in a house or apartment block in Toronto. Coming from Ireland, one thing that makes it easier to handle the winters here is not feeling the cold in your own home!)


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It's SAPPORO, right?
In Japanese, yes - but it's Satporo in Ainu (indeed, the former is derived from the latter).

The way Montreal is also Montréal, Dublin is also Baile Átha Cliath, and so on.

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Even when I'm drunk, my beer can still tells me SAPPORO.
Well, a lot of stuff you get in Dublin only says Dublin, but the place is still also known as Baile Átha Cliath...

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Well Ainu stuff... Sapporo Pirka Kotan is a good place to start. But I think it's the only insitute in Sapporo on Ainu, so get your bearings from there.
Okay.

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Hm. Not that I know of.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 2009-04-21, 04:39   Link #509
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Tourist Question {Japan}

Hello, I need help in japanese languages especially basic tourist question. I will be going Japan within 5 days. SO please, don't ignore this post IF you know something.

Yes, I did some search as well. I found mostly of the stuff but not all. From Learning Japanese thread, Visiting Japan thread and so on.

But I figure it is easier and convenient to create a topic for people who is going to japan which includes every important basic question. Other topic is all mess up. So please, only basic tourist question.

So far what I got (don't laugh, thanks):
Dore Kurai - How much?
Yasuku Ageru - To be less expensive.
Yasuku yuzuru - to sell(a thing) cheap.
docchi - where/which direction.
Anata wa iego wa wakarimaska? - do you know english?
(shop) wa nan-ji kara desu ka? - From what time does a (shop) open?
chikatetsu wa doko ni arimasu ka? - Where is the subway?
Where is (the place) - (place) wa doko desu ka?

I need to know...
How to get there?
Is it good?
Can you help me?
I'm Lost.
What food do you recommend?
I'll have (food)

N OTHER RELEVANT BASIC QUESTION THAT IS BEING USED IN THE DAILY LIFE.
sorry for caps.. just trying to make sure everyone read it well.
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Regarding the time, simple.. from 1-12 just add a "ji" behind.
Gogo : P.M
Gozen: A.M
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Old 2009-04-21, 06:18   Link #510
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How to get there? - Dou yatte sokoni ikuno desuka?
Is it good? - Sore wa Good desuka?
(*All Japanese can understand the word "Good". It's easier.)
Can you help me? - Tasukete kurema senka?
I'm Lost. - Michi ni mayoi mashita.
What food do you recommend? - Naniga osusume desu ka?
I'll have (food) - (food) ni shimasu.
Do you know English? - Anata wa eigo ga wakarimasuka? (*English = eigo)


I'm happy if these sentences help your trip.
Yukkuri shite itte ne. (Please relax.)
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Old 2009-04-21, 08:32   Link #511
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"Is it good" - sore wa ii desu ka? (note the double "i" as in prolonged English "e")
But it depends on the context. Like, if you're asking whether food is good, it's "oishii desu ka"

There's no "knowing" English. in the post above, "Eigo ga wakarimasu ka" actually means "do you understand English". If you need a person to explain something to you, it could be better to ask "Eigo ga hanashimasu ka", which is asking whether (s)he speaks English.

Now, about what you "already got"...
How much - oikura desu ka?
which direction is ___ - ___ wa docchira desu ka?

Have fun in Nippon ^_^
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Old 2009-04-21, 09:24   Link #512
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I suppose it's a good idea to also learn some greetings and polite sentences.

For example if you are going to stop a random person, rather than making a direct question you should first say:

"Sumimasen" which in this context is the equivalent of the english "excuse me".

and of course after that:

"Arigatou" Thank you
"Arigatou gozaimasu" <- more polite (usually used for something that still must be done)
"Arigatou gozaimashita" <- more polite (for something that has already been done)
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Old 2009-04-21, 10:11   Link #513
Umobile
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Thanks guys, each and every thing you posted really help me.

Especially tessa. Btw, tessa.. by any chance do you play luna online? because I got an online friend which has exactly name as yours.
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Old 2009-04-21, 10:14   Link #514
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might be handy to know since you had the questions for directions to know the following:

left
right
straight ahead
back

also if there is a case of this sentence being different from left and right
(2nd or any number) street on the left/right
left hand side, right hand side

and one more that would be handy just for politeness:
Could you help me with something, please?
Could you help me with directions, please?

before bombarding in with excuse me and insert question here, personally I would ask them if they can help me first =<
I don't know the translations myself, but I'm sure someone else knows the answers

edit:

Maybe a tip, I had bought a tourist guide book with simple sentences in a cheap bookstore, not an official bookstore but one more settled on selling "how to draw/paint/garden" kind of books, check your bookstore maybe they have one and they're not so expensive either

also maybe you'd want to know how you ask for the toilet as well =P
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Old 2009-04-21, 11:24   Link #515
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Perhaps if you visited the "VISITING JAPAN" thread or the "JAPANESE CULTURE" thread???

I recommend the Lonely Planet phrasebook as it has "real' phrases you might need to use instead of just the silly tourist ones.
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Old 2009-04-21, 22:35   Link #516
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Especially tessa. Btw, tessa.. by any chance do you play luna online? because I got an online friend which has exactly name as yours.
Ah.. I'm sorry I don't play luna online. (S)he is not me.
We got some anime characters who have the same name "Sakura"

TIPS:
Narita airport is very very far from exact Tokyo district. It costs $300-$400 to take to Tokyo by TAXI. I recommend to get on the BUS (called Airport Limousine), that costs about $30 (3000 yen).
http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/index.html
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Old 2009-04-22, 08:11   Link #517
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Ah.. I'm sorry I don't play luna online. (S)he is not me.
We got some anime characters who have the same name "Sakura"

TIPS:
Narita airport is very very far from exact Tokyo district. It costs $300-$400 to take to Tokyo by TAXI. I recommend to get on the BUS (called Airport Limousine), that costs about $30 (3000 yen).
http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/index.html
MMM NO. Why don't you get a Japan Rail Pass?
http://www.kintetsu.com/jrpass/

Adult 7-day pass costs USD 289.00, and covers all JR DAYTIME trains except the Nozomi, on a normal seat.
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Old 2009-04-22, 08:58   Link #518
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I'd love to be able to afford to visit Japan one day as a holiday

Although it may not be for quite some time yet as it's not that cheap a destination

It's always been one of my ultimate dream holiday destinations though & always will be
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Old 2009-04-22, 10:50   Link #519
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MMM NO. Why don't you get a Japan Rail Pass?
http://www.kintetsu.com/jrpass/

Adult 7-day pass costs USD 289.00, and covers all JR DAYTIME trains except the Nozomi, on a normal seat.
Oh.. I don't know this reasonable and invincible pass! Is this only for foreign travellers?

So, the only advantage of Airport Limousine is "nonstop to various destinations"...
I think I lose.
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Old 2009-04-22, 12:08   Link #520
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Oh.. I don't know this reasonable and invincible pass! Is this only for foreign travellers?

So, the only advantage of Airport Limousine is "nonstop to various destinations"...
I think I lose.
The airport limousine service drops riders off at different hotels, so if you don't want to - or can't, for some reason, locate - go to your hotel, either on foot or via taxi if far enough - once you arrive at the nearest JR station, it might be of use. For tourists, IMHO, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to spend the money if you are getting the JR pass already. You can always ask at the nearest koban for directions once you arrive at the train station closest to your hotel; the police stationed there should have a set of detailed maps to help.

A site like Yahoo Japan, if you know the kanji, is also useful for local maps when you just know the address.
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