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Old 2011-02-12, 13:17   Link #941
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Japanese culture is very racist. Taking the 'Mexican' analogy further; at least in America a fluent Mexican immigrant will eventually be accepted into society if they choose so....in Japan no matter how fluent you become, how long you've been there, you'll always be a Gaijin on a wide-scale level. Go look up some Youtube channels of people that have been living there for years; most of them are very fluent and adapted into the culture and yet still face discrimination.
where there isn't discrimination?

Sometimes there are discrimination beetween people of same nationality... (in Italy between Nord and South citizens)
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Old 2011-02-17, 04:49   Link #942
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I was there for 8 weeks since I have family there.. It was fun and want to go back but haven't really had much time lately..

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Japanese culture is very racist. Taking the 'Mexican' analogy further; at least in America a fluent Mexican immigrant will eventually be accepted into society if they choose so....in Japan no matter how fluent you become, how long you've been there, you'll always be a Gaijin on a wide-scale level. Go look up some Youtube channels of people that have been living there for years; most of them are very fluent and adapted into the culture and yet still face discrimination.

I was there and everyone thought I was Japanese and spoke to me but this was before I could speak it so I was like yea that's just great.. But I'm not Japanese
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Old 2011-02-19, 19:38   Link #943
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Japanese culture is very racist. Taking the 'Mexican' analogy further; at least in America a fluent Mexican immigrant will eventually be accepted into society if they choose so....in Japan no matter how fluent you become, how long you've been there, you'll always be a Gaijin on a wide-scale level. Go look up some Youtube channels of people that have been living there for years; most of them are very fluent and adapted into the culture and yet still face discrimination.
My answer got long so I moved it to the 'Japanese culture' thread
It's not so much a racist thing (since they discriminate on all foriegners, lol).

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I was there for 8 weeks since I have family there.. It was fun and want to go back but haven't really had much time lately..
I was there and everyone thought I was Japanese and spoke to me but this was before I could speak it so I was like yea that's just great.. But I'm not Japanese
But you ethnically look Asian alike them and have family in Japan, despite being born in America all your life?

Then you're Japanese and a long lost relative to them.
The end. xD
I have a Chinese American living here who's really getting some serious issues on that compared to me who happily fits in the 'gaijin' box on sight.

More explaination in my link above
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Old 2011-03-05, 07:18   Link #944
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I am going to Japan on a school trip these holidays.

I have ONE AFTERNOON IN AKIHABARA.

THIS MAY RANGE FROM 2 - 4 HOURS.

HOW SHOULD I SPEND MY TIME, AND MY WALLET MONEY. (assume that I have infinite money for the moment.)
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Old 2011-03-05, 19:48   Link #945
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I am going to Japan on a school trip these holidays.

I have ONE AFTERNOON IN AKIHABARA.

THIS MAY RANGE FROM 2 - 4 HOURS.

HOW SHOULD I SPEND MY TIME, AND MY WALLET MONEY. (assume that I have infinite money for the moment.)
I've only been to Akihabra once, but I spent my afternoon there just walking around and going into random stores. I found that to be very rewarding, because going into a store, you never know what you'll find. Anime figurines were still relatively expensive, 700-800yen for a small school rumble plastic model, and 200yen for one of those cell phone charms.
What sort of school trip is it?
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Old 2011-03-06, 02:55   Link #946
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Old 2011-03-06, 07:34   Link #947
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Since I don't speak Japanese, is it going to be difficult visiting japan?
Btw I'm pretty confident with my English
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Old 2011-03-06, 13:27   Link #948
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I am going to Japan on a school trip these holidays.

I have ONE AFTERNOON IN AKIHABARA.

THIS MAY RANGE FROM 2 - 4 HOURS.

HOW SHOULD I SPEND MY TIME, AND MY WALLET MONEY. (assume that I have infinite money for the moment.)
Can you clarify what interests you? Mainstream manga, dounjis, models, gaming, etc? That will determine where your best bets are.

2-4 hours can be plenty for a good Akiba trip. Animate and Toranoana (adjacent to each other on Chuo-dori, a block from the JR station) are my anchors when I go to Akiba. They have a large variety of stuff spread over 7 floors each. It could also be fun to head down some of the side streets and poke your nose into the little specialty stores that hide out there. Cospa would be a good choice if you're into cosplay, and they have the best selection of themed t-shirts.
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Old 2011-03-06, 14:04   Link #949
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Going to borrow this topic to ask something that has been bothering me .. Me and my friend are going to visit Japan next year. Neither of us can speak or read japanese .. will this be a problem ? Mainly talking about traveling around and when buying stuff from shops ( also we want to visit Comiket ).

We are looking to take some basic classes though for Japanese but we might not even get to one so there might not be enough time to learn even just katakanas and hiraganas .. let alone kanji.
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Old 2011-03-06, 15:54   Link #950
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Going to borrow this topic to ask something that has been bothering me .. Me and my friend are going to visit Japan next year. Neither of us can speak or read japanese .. will this be a problem ? Mainly talking about traveling around and when buying stuff from shops ( also we want to visit Comiket ).

We are looking to take some basic classes though for Japanese but we might not even get to one so there might not be enough time to learn even just katakanas and hiraganas .. let alone kanji.
You'll be fine, especially in big cities - most of the signs are bi-lingual and almost everyone understands a lot of English. It's a little tougher in smaller towns, but don't forget - most Japanese kids take more years of English classes than American kids do. There'll almost always be someone who can speak a little English and in train stations almost all the signs are in English as well as Japanese, even smaller ones.

I would recommend checking out a site like Japanesepod101 - they have what they call "Survival Phrases" lessons that will serve very well for a tourist in Japan.
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Old 2011-03-06, 16:50   Link #951
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Going to borrow this topic to ask something that has been bothering me .. Me and my friend are going to visit Japan next year. Neither of us can speak or read japanese .. will this be a problem ? Mainly talking about traveling around and when buying stuff from shops ( also we want to visit Comiket ).

We are looking to take some basic classes though for Japanese but we might not even get to one so there might not be enough time to learn even just katakanas and hiraganas .. let alone kanji.
Just take a *conversational* Japanese course... learn some basic phrases and etiquette. Please don't "confirm their stereotypes about the barbarians"

About 20 phrases and such will get you through most shop transactions or pleasantries.

Don't worry too much about the writing/reading... though obviously, the more you know the less you'll have to ask. OTOH... asking is interacting.
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Old 2011-03-07, 22:33   Link #952
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I love reading though this thread now and again as there is always little interesting snippits of useful info to take in.

I looked into setting up a short trip over in the past but a few things put me off mainly of all things my height (I'm almost 6 foot 6) which I would imagine might make me stand out quite a bit and the attention I get even over here is uncomfortable as it is. =E
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Old 2011-03-31, 10:22   Link #953
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I'm in a very normal-seeming and relaxed Shinagawa right now, Midnight Tokyo time. Lots of folks out having a good time, plenty of food and bottled water on the shelves, no one glowing in the dark. If anyone wants to follow along I'll be blogging periodically with words and pics during the trip. It's certainly an interesting time to be in Japan...
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Old 2011-03-31, 13:17   Link #954
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I'm in a very normal-seeming and relaxed Shinagawa right now, Midnight Tokyo time. Lots of folks out having a good time, plenty of food and bottled water on the shelves, no one glowing in the dark. If anyone wants to follow along I'll be blogging periodically with words and pics during the trip. It's certainly an interesting time to be in Japan...
The main difference I'm hearing is that a lot of the pretty lights are off at night depending on which prefecture's turn is "lights off" night. Shortages are sporadic and mostly based on over-reaction to vague news reports or announcements.

OTOH.... if your sightseeing interests were in the destruction zone - yeah, probably should rethink that (e.g. the "thousand buddha" temple, etc).

Oh, read your blog (all of the entries)... love it
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Old 2011-03-31, 17:15   Link #955
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The main difference I'm hearing is that a lot of the pretty lights are off at night depending on which prefecture's turn is "lights off" night. Shortages are sporadic and mostly based on over-reaction to vague news reports or announcements.

OTOH.... if your sightseeing interests were in the destruction zone - yeah, probably should rethink that (e.g. the "thousand buddha" temple, etc).

Oh, read your blog (all of the entries)... love it
Thanks, Vexx! Obviously I don't want to spend my precious Japan time at a PC, but I will try and update as I can.

From what I hear, some of the neon paradises - like Shibuya - have toned it down at night. But Shinagawa looked totally normal to me. Everything that should have been was open, lit up and crowded.
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Old 2011-04-05, 10:40   Link #956
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I went to Osaka was to go to "Den Den Town" - their version of Akihabara (pics on the blog). I wanted an otaku fix, I wanted to see how it stacked up, and was just generally curious. It was surprisingly almost as big as Akiba in terms of character goods - all the major players are there, though ironically I never did find Mandarake, the one store I'd intended to visit. On the whole, there are even fewer decent places to eat than Akiba, not as many maid cafes (though Mandarake has a "Mom Cafe", apparently) and Den Den seems a trifle more otomen-focused than Akiba.


Bought a doujin at Melonbooks, which impressed me - is there one in Akiba? Not saying which ones - that's no on else's beeswax. Though I did - joy of joys - get carded buying it! Saw tons of Oreimo stuff, which I expected. Two words: Kuroneko hoodie! It was more evenly split overall between Kirino and Kuroneko than I thought it might be, though. If this show doesn't get a second season no one will be more surprised than me. Lots of Ikas Musume doujins too, which surprised me a bit - though not as much as the seemingly popular pairing, which I won't say here because I don't think most of you will like it. Mitsudomoe body pillows at Cospa, but no t-shirts, dammit.

Finally, I made my first really successful joke in Japanese today. At the Daily Yamazaki store outside Fushimi Inari I bought a chicken cutlet. I pointed to it and said, "Tori?" and the pointed across the street and said "Not torii." The salesgirl laughed hysterically...
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Old 2011-04-07, 10:41   Link #957
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I was at the end of a pleasant but relatively slow-paced day in Tokyo - my first of the trip - when the evening suddenly got more interesting. But everyone seems to be fine, even up North - or at least that's what they're saying on the news. Certainly no damage in Tokyo from that level of shaking.

As for the rest of it, I'm staying at the heart of the action this time - in Akihabara. All of the major players seems to be staying open to their normal times, the restaurants at UDX were packed and there weren't any obvious signs of power conservation other than the escalator being off at the JR station. In short, it's Akiba - streets were lively and bright, albeit with a lot fewer foreign faces than I'm used to seeing. I just made a quick survey of a couple of shops after my train got in, but if anything Oreimo is even more prominent here. Absolutely gargantuan range of Oreimo doujins at Toranoana. It's definitely the hot property of the moment.

It may be a result of the new law, or it may be my faulty memory - but Toranoana had an "all ages" doujin floor, separate from their "adult" floor. Was it always like that?

A quick word about Dormy Inns... I love these guys. The perks are quite relevant to my interests - free rooftop onsen, rest areas with manga and free massage chairs, free laundry facilities and free ramen at 2130. This is the second time I've stayed at one and I tell you, chilling in a massage chair reading "Touch" in Japanese, drinking cold milk after a long soak in an onsen is not a bad way to kill a half-hour.

Now - we've got that out of our system, Planet - let's make the next four days uneventful!
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Old 2011-04-08, 11:12   Link #958
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You know, I feel bad for poor Saori - I must have seen 200 Oreimo doujins this week so far, and not one features her as a major character. I'm surprised at how many feature Manami, though. She's a dark horse.

I'm pleased to say that, despite Gov. Ishihara's proclamation that hanami parties should be cancelled and no one should ever smile or enjoy themselves, Inokahshira Park in Kichijoji was full or folks enjoying the stunning sakura. Tokyo is amazing - it just keeps going. You would have never known anything happened last night - no matter what happens they just seem to press on.

Ghibli Museum was rather amazing. I don't buy the notion of some in the community that you should apologize for liking Miyazaki - I think he's an auteur and a genius. How much he actually helped design the museum I don't know, but it's amazingly cool and quite magical. Even the bathrooms are fantastic.
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Old 2011-04-08, 11:18   Link #959
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I'm pleased to say that, despite Gov. Ishihara's proclamation that hanami parties should be cancelled and no one should ever smile or enjoy themselves, Inokahshira Park in Kichijoji was full or folks enjoying the stunning sakura. Tokyo is amazing - it just keeps going. You would have never known anything happened last night - no matter what happens they just seem to press on..
You're not serious about the Gov. Ishihara saying that, are you? What else is there to do in such a situation for everyday people? Should they let the horrific, and depressing damage that has been done to their country overwhelm them? Or should they respect those that have died by enjoying their lives to the fullest?

All they can do is press on! I'm fucking appalled all the way here in Illinois for what Ishihara is telling the people of Tokyo to do, or rather not do. Fucking asshole.
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Old 2011-04-08, 11:44   Link #960
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I am finally leaving for my long postponed trip to Japan, together with my sis. We'll be there about two weeks, visiting several places around the country.

First, we'll spend a couple days in Tokyo at my cousin's place, then leave to attend the Takayama Matsuri, continue visiting Kanazawa, spend a few days in Kyoto and visit Nara. For the second half, we'll go west, visiting Osaka and Himeji along the way, onto Hiroshima and Miyajima, and then we'll go back to Tokyo to spend a couple more days.
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