Who Has Been To Japan?

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    Jul 22, 2014 1:21 AM GMT
    How many fellow RJers have been to Japan? i really miss being there.

    I used to go every summer as a kid. And would stay with my grandparents in Mitaka, a city a Tokyo. I also learned to build fences, sculpt, and play Koto in those summers. My grandparents were very traditional Japanese people and they did not like coming to the US at all! so i would go see them instead.

    I love everything about Japan! the music, food, culture, the mountains, the elevator girls, riding a bike through the city, and skying in Hokkaido. Plus Shinkansens! i love those a lot more than LA trains and buses. You can take the Shinkansen to Mount Fiji! and Joetsu.

    Who else has been to Japan? what's your favorite thing about it?
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    Jul 22, 2014 1:30 AM GMT
    I was once very close to visiting Japan. When I was in the uni studying graphic design, I had to take a foreign language course and I picked Japanese. The prof. was planning a trip to Japan but unfortunatly, like 2 months later the whole earthquake thing happened. icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 22, 2014 1:30 AM GMT
    Went to Japan last April and loved it! icon_biggrin.gif

    I happened to hit the full bloom of cherry blossom, and it was awesome. (That rhymes. icon_lol.gificon_smile.gif

    I spent two weeks there starting from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Fukushima and Sendai, Hanamiyama, and Takayama.

    I didn't care for Tokyo too much as it was too "city" for me. I love Kyoto the most for lots of culture and history (lots of UNESCO sites there). Love the Samurai district of Kanazawa. Love the old-style building of Shirakawa-go. Got to see a festival (forgot the name) in Takayama too.

    Yes, foods were great everywhere! Got to try onsen as well. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

    Good experience overall. Can't wait to go back. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 22, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    kevex saidI was once very close to visiting Japan. When I was in the uni studying graphic design, I had to take a foreign language course and I picked Japanese. The prof. was planning a trip to Japan but unfortunatly, like 2 months later the whole earthquake thing happened. icon_cry.gif


    Oh no, that sucks. icon_sad.gif Well, you should still go. You will love it. Everyone that I talked to who went only had great things to say about it.
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    Jul 22, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    kevex saidI was once very close to visiting Japan. When I was in the uni studying graphic design, I had to take a foreign language course and I picked Japanese. The prof. was planning a trip to Japan but unfortunatly, like 2 months later the whole earthquake thing happened. icon_cry.gif


    icon_sad.gificon_sad.gif that was fucking horrible when it happened. it really upset me all the damage at it... and people in America making fun of it.

    You should still go sometime though!
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    Jul 22, 2014 2:12 AM GMT
    polfsky saidWent to Japan last April and loved it! icon_biggrin.gif

    I happened to hit the full bloom of cherry blossom, and it was awesome. (That rhymes. :lolicon_smile.gif

    I spent two weeks there starting from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Fukushima and Sendai, Hanamiyama, and Takayama.

    I didn't care for Tokyo too much as it was too "city" for me. I love Kyoto the most for lots of culture and history (lots of UNESCO sites there). Love the Samurai district of Kanazawa. Love the old-style building of Shirakawa-go. Got to see a festival (forgot the name) in Takayama too.

    Yes, foods were great everywhere! Got to try onsen as well. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

    Good experience overall. Can't wait to go back. icon_biggrin.gif


    I love tokyo! but it does depend on the day though icon_lol.gif it can be very crowded!

    Kanazawa is amazing icon_biggrin.gif and the Kenrokuen is very close.
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    Jul 22, 2014 2:15 AM GMT
    I really wish that I could go to Japan. I want to see that part of the world and also because I love so many things from Japan like food, art, video games, anime, music etc.

    It seems like a really nice place.
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    Jul 22, 2014 2:19 AM GMT
    YUP! Narita Airport for 12 hours! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jul 22, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    Anyone have tips on going to Japan and not coming out broke?
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    Jul 22, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    I lived on Okinawa for two years; that's where I graduated high school from. Some of my best memories were made in Japan.
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    Jul 22, 2014 2:21 AM GMT
    Yakosuka
    for just over 12 hours
    think the Big Mac cost over 6 bucks.

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  • KepaArg

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    Jul 22, 2014 10:42 AM GMT
    Same use to go every summer to Tokyo, my mom was raised there and currently runs a business in Hiro-o.

    My grandma is originally from Hokkaido but moved to Tokyo after the war.

    Best childhood friend, we still keep in touch, and both gay lol..he lives out in Hachioji.

    I miss the food, my family, onsen, randomly riding biked while drinking beer then grabbing yakitori, driving out to Fuji-Q, always enjoyed the nightlife even though on my last visit there were signs stating "no dancing party" lol in all the gay bars. The shopping!

    If I go home to Hawaii will definitely stop over in Tokyo, last time I was there was in October 2013.

    The 7-11 food is actually delicious and edible.

    Mostly Tokyo based when there since that's where my mom has an apartment I stay at, but love visiting my grandmas hometown and seeing people I'm related too but look nothing like.

    Other then that been to Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kyoto and Nagoya
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    Jul 23, 2014 5:55 AM GMT
    I am in japan for internship right now. I used to study there before too. The first time I lived in japan I loved how everything is clean, safe and practical. I loved the friendly and polite people. I loved the wonderful food and landscapes.
    But right now I am getting tired of living here.
    I know now that it is not for me. I love this country and I am grateful for all the experiences I had here but I am counting the days until I will go back to France.
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    Jul 23, 2014 11:40 PM GMT
    I was there in April; amazing place and some of the nicest, most polite people I've ever met. Did Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Okiyama and Hiroshima. Absolutely blown away by Hiroshima.
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    Jul 24, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    I liked Japan. Been there twice. Probably the cleanest large country on earth. I loved the peacefulness of the parks and shrines and the food is outstanding if you can avoid any fried fast foods. Kaiseki!
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    Jul 24, 2014 10:32 AM GMT
    ahah Just got back yesterday! Was amazing!
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    Jul 25, 2014 8:26 AM GMT
    I'm currently living in northern Japan. My favorite thing, so far... a toss-up between the food and the people.
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    Jul 25, 2014 11:07 AM GMT
    never been to japan but always wanted to go. I want to train in a dojo in okinawa and Tokyo and I also want to see my friends who went back there. hopefully I'll be fluent in Japanese by then
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    Jul 26, 2014 5:54 AM GMT
    Just an organized trip back in 1980 for a week. Mitsubishi used to sponsor a football game every year in Tokyo. (It was always UCLA and some patsy for them to knock over. We were the patsy that year, but hey, the band got to go icon_razz.gif ) Hardly a real visit. Since the whole thing was an advertising stunt, we were bussed around all over Tokyo to play at some event or another every day. We had a "parade" down the Ginza strip one day, but we could only use ONE lane of... four?... only room to march four abreast with traffic whizzing by our elbows. I think the guy in the mascot costume actually got hit by a micro-truck. Freaking terrifying. Somewhere in there, we had cafeteria Thanksgiving Dinner at the NCO club of a US military base. At the football game (the trophy was already engraved "UCLA Winners!" at the banquet the day before.) It was very strange. The crowd cheered the band (us) more than the ball game. (Maybe they could figure out wtf we were trying to do, as opposed to the game.) Then we discovered that the microphones (wtf? microphones? We don't need no stinking microphones...) in front of our area were live, some of the brass section whipped out our handy booklet of the obscene version of all Pac-10 fight songs icon_lol.gif ) Girls were lined up to have us autograph their programs (?) The whole point of the Pac-10 road trip every year is that the bands get to have a big party after the game. But the Japanese hosts were trying to keep us separated, because they thought we would have a big fight or something. (The previous year, they had some troglodytes from the SW conference, who did start a fight.) In order to party, we had to switch uniforms in the stadium bathrooms, and about half of each band went back to the "wrong" hotel. Prior to the trip, they staged a "football player class" on "Japanese Culture: Anthro 3xx," which the band got in on. To get an "A" all you had to do was sign the attendance sheet, and turn in a one-page report at the end. The class average was a "C." icon_rolleyes.gif

    So yeah, I have no actual experience of Japan at all.
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    Jul 26, 2014 5:58 AM GMT
    judgingyou saidElevator girls? Explain pls


    One day, I was going down in the hotel elevator, while wearing my band uniform. I pressed the buttons. Some German ladies gave me a few yen notes. That's the only tip I ever received in my life. I have no idea how much it was.
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    Jul 26, 2014 11:09 PM GMT
    I've been, only once, but loved it and really fell in love with Japan.

    I'm a person who appreciates order and, to a degree, uniformity so Japan was like heaven on Earth for me at times. Japanese people are some of the cutest and sweetest people I've ever met. And the Japanese "obsession" with all things cute was fun to see and experience.

    Some of the things I love about Japan: Matcha green tea, unbelievably fresh sushi and seafood, MOS Burger, Pocarisweat, Calpis, fast food tailored to Japanese tastes, cat cafes, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, Nara, trains and airlines that run on-time, tea ceremonies, Torii gates, the Royal Family, Japanese fashion chains, and the list could go on and on.
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    Jul 28, 2014 12:07 PM GMT
    Isugemi said I loved how everything is clean, safe and practical. I loved the friendly and polite people. I loved the wonderful food and landscapes.

    This.
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    Jul 28, 2014 2:34 PM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 saidHow many fellow RJers have been to Japan? i really miss being there.

    I used to go every summer as a kid. And would stay with my grandparents in Mitaka, a city a Tokyo. I also learned to build fences, sculpt, and play Koto in those summers. My grandparents were very traditional Japanese people and they did not like coming to the US at all! so i would go see them instead.

    I love everything about Japan! the music, food, culture, the mountains, the elevator girls, riding a bike through the city, and skying in Hokkaido. Plus Shinkansens! i love those a lot more than LA trains and buses. You can take the Shinkansen to Mount Fiji! and Joetsu.

    Who else has been to Japan? what's your favorite thing about it?


    I have been 3 times for work.

    I did not care for the food
    I did not care for people spitting everywhere. That is a gawd awful disgusting habit.
    During the summer it is incredibly hot and humid.
    Kyoto was quite pleasant.
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    Jul 31, 2014 9:36 PM GMT
    Going in October, can't wait!
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    Aug 01, 2014 2:58 AM GMT
    I haven't been but this is my next country to visit. I want to go to Tokyo, Osaka and Kamakura. icon_cool.gif