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Japan

Discussion in 'Other Regions' started by BrotherAtArms, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. Breetai

    Breetai For I am not ashamed of the Gospel...

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    Of course, a lot of the trains have them. It's usually one of the end cars, and only 'female' only between something like 6-9am and maybe 5-8pm. But... you're in Japan (Kanagawa?) so I'm guessing that you've seen them also. What was the ;) for?
     
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    Ohayou gozaimasu

    I do agree though, there should be a Section for Japanese! :p
     
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    lol
    I love everything; my culture, clothes, frienships/family/the closeness, the language, pets, kanji, the food etc..

    Japanese/and Japan rokzzzz! lol
     
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    jesika vc

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    Thumbs up for your Corey Haim RIP siggy :thumbsup: !!
    Rest in Peace Corey :hug: I love you
     
  5. Breetai

    Breetai For I am not ashamed of the Gospel...

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    Are you Japanese?
     
  6. Dharma Wheel

    Dharma Wheel Wandering Hermit

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    Good to see that you are more interested in history than pop culture. The Samurai get quite a bad rep these days, but the truth is they were very similar to European nights. Their Buddhism of choice was also, interestingly enough, Zen Buddhism, which is why these tough warriors could often be seen indulging in tea ceremony (which is thought of as girly in the west).
     
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    Dharma Wheel Wandering Hermit

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    Finally! Yes, I agree. People who ''love Japan'' usually just like anime and manga. I find that very strange and a little silly. personally I hate most manga and anime, and do not even separate it from the cartoon and comic industry as a whole anyway, but that is neither here nor there.

    Most sincere people who like Japan, from England, like the traditional aspects of Japanese culture, including aspects of Shinto folk-tradition, folk music from Japan, cultural philosophies etc. Another reason is that Japan is actually not vastly different from many countries in Europe, when you get down to the nitty gritty traditions and superstitions that are dying out in both cultures (and being replace, in both, but excessive capitalism and corporatism).

    Similarities in England and Japan, for instance, include the belief in creatures like the Kappa (Japan) and the Grindylow (England), and the traditional warrior virtues of both countries. Of course, I am talking traditionally, sadly Japan and England are losing site of its traditions, usually for the worst.

    Ain't that the truth. Still, there is a lot of tradition to be found in some rural areas of Japan, the same in England, and in places like Kamakura, specifically with the great temples and shrines. These places are vastly growing to be neglected and soon the beautiful Engakuji and all the other shrines temples and castles will be neglected for modernism.

    Indeed, in is the same in Europe and especially England.
     
  8. l0v3n

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    I would love to go to Japan for the culture shock. I have read the book called the chrysanthemum and the Sword by Ruth Benedict. It was written about the Japanese culture and point of view during WWII. I highly recommended it. I am also a university student and so I have had experience with having two Japanese roommates. I have taught English to them in their classes and I find the Japanese people are the nicest people you would ever care to meet!

    I am trying to teach myself conversational Japanese so that I can talk to my current roommate while I am on break. Its harder then it looks. I am an anthropology major in college and I hope to become an anthropologist in the future because I love the subject material. I really hope to go there after graduation with the JET program for a year abroad to teach English before I go to graduate school. I would love a Japanese penpal. If you are interested, PM me. Sorry that was a mouthful. :p
     
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    Arnold.K Newbie

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    Japan is the modern developed country. This is literally my favorite country in the world. If give me opportunity to abroad then I am going to Japan. I like the Japan and Their people.
     
  10. Tomo_Tsu

    Tomo_Tsu Japanese-American

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    How many members on here are Japanese? I'm American born though..
     
  11. Breetai

    Breetai For I am not ashamed of the Gospel...

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    You'd have to live there for a while to get it. You won't get hit full on as a tourist.

    If you want culture shock as a tourist, go to China or, even better, India and stay in an average hotel and eat at average restaurants.

    Why? Please don't say anime or manga...
     
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    147 A guy

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    I couldn't imagine there to be many, but I've been known to be wrong before.

    FTR, not Japanese here.

    I'll actually be in Tokyo though for an overnight layover in July between Seoul and Indiana. It'll be my first time actually in Japan (I don't count being in Narita on my way to Korea as being in Japan). Kind of excited, always wanted to visit Japan. Going to try to squeeze in a little bit of sightseeing in between going to Narita and Haneda.
     
  13. Breetai

    Breetai For I am not ashamed of the Gospel...

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    How long do you have?

    If you just have a couple hours and only want to visually see some things, I recommend getting on the Yamanote line (the circle line in Tokyo) and getting of at Shimbashi station. Change to the Yurikamome line and try to get the front seat. The Yurikamome line is an un-maned train with very large windows that is great for sight-seeing. It goes through some cool skyscrapers in Tokyo and crosses over the Rainbow bridge (suspension bridge) to Odaiba, which is a futuristic-like area of Tokyo. If you get off at Daiba station and look around, you'll have a GREAT view of the Tokyo skyline. Maybe grab a burger or some soup or sushi, and hope back on the train towards Shimbashi and then Haneda. It would be a pretty relaxing way to spend a couple hours and get some amazing views if you have that much time.

    Here is a view of Tokyo from Odaiba:

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    If you STILL have a few hours, I would recommend going to Asakasa and checking out the rather famous temple there. It's probably crowded, but it's very "Japanese" for someone visiting the country.

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    147 A guy

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    Thanks Breetai!

    I get into Narita at 1:30pm, and my flight leaves Haneda at 6:55am the next day. So I have plenty of time, barring last trains and whatnot. I don't even know when the trains start running again, but if possible, I'm staying with a friend who lives in Tokyo overnight, then heading to Haneda. Better than sleeping on a bench in the airport.

    Plus, you know me, I'm thinking about hitting up Club Sega in Akihabara for a couple hours that night too.
     
  15. Breetai

    Breetai For I am not ashamed of the Gospel...

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    Ok.

    Here is a train travel site to use: Hyperdia | Timetable and Route Search in Japan.
    Just input your beginning station and arrival station, and it tells you what to do and how long it will take. Hopefully early morning flights to Haneda will work out... but to be honest, you have a VERY early flight. Trains might not leave early enough for you, but use that site to make sure.

    Since it seems you like retro gaming, you probably want to go to Akihabara then. Club Sega arcade is cool, but don't stress about it. There are TONS of arcades around most every train station in Tokyo. Still, if you are in Akihabara, might as well check out the best one! On the roads behind Club Sega are some really awesome shops. A few blocks behind it and too the right from Club Sega is Super Potato; one of the best retro game shops there. I'm sure you'll like it!

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    Club Sega- Use the "Electric Town" exit at Akihabara Station.

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    "Super Potato" retro game shop. There are other good ones, but this one is probably the coolest to look around inside. It's a one block (or two?) behind Club Sega and a few blocks to the right.

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    Is this the sort of thing you might like? There's even a retro arcade on the 5th floor with classics from the 80s and 90s.
     
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    147 A guy

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    Thanks Breetai, I actually stumbled upon Hyperdia a week ago, and found out they have an Android app on top of that, so I'm set with that.

    I actually checked the timetables, and my flight leaves out at 6:55am, so I should be at Haneda by 5:55. My friend lives in Northeast Tokyo, at Oshiage station, so it's only around a half hour trip to Haneda from there, and the trains run early enough to get there, so I should be fine. My friend also verified this, so I'm not worried.

    Well, the main reason I want to go to Club Sega is for Super Street Fighter 4. I've heard it's very good for getting a lot of games in. So, naturally, I want to go to the best. But I'd like to see if there's any old Super Famicom games I'd like to snatch up as souvenirs (I actually modded my SNES to play Super Famicom games anyway). So these are good suggestions.

    Also, what's a decent central location to meet up with people at? I have a couple friends from Japan coming to visit me from Yokohama while I'm there, but they don't know much about Tokyo at all. They suggested Tokyo Station, but I don't know. It looks like the best for me coming from Narita.
     
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    Tomo_Tsu Japanese-American

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    Pretty sad I'm Japanese but American born and don't know much about my native culture
     
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    147 A guy

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    I think that's the curse of living in America. It's so enticing to forget who you are and where you came from. I didn't even know my ancestry until last year when I started doing genealogy. All I knew was my last name was French.
     
  19. Tomo_Tsu

    Tomo_Tsu Japanese-American

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    My ancestors/family have lived here s far back as the days of the 'old west' if you will. So it's as if they're not even relevant in Japan. Ninja Cowboys!! Lol I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan too.. Yes, I know let the flaming begin lol
     
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    147 A guy

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    I can forgive you for that one, we all have our vices. LOL

    Now had it been the Patriots, on the other hand...

    And I didn't realize that Japanese people have been in America that long. Guess I always thought that the Japanese here were 1st, or 2nd generation at most, during WWII.
     
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