New Japan General since the old one is past the bump limit:
As always, feel free to ask about:
>Travelling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
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Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel.
Please refrain to the old thread while it's still up: >>1033933
What stores in tokyo/japan (im willing to travel far if needed) can i buy these fuckers?
I assume there are candy stores that would be really likely to sell them but I was hoping to find specific names from peolle here,instead of asking random japanese people on the street.
it costs way to much to buy them online (and there is a very small variety of them) and i'd rather just buy some on my trip to japan in december and finally have the collection i've always dreamed of. i seriously love these fucking tins.
Oh you're great thanks
> Super Potato in Akihabara
>store right next to the second hand store in the basement of the Book Off in Shibuya
thanks a ton , does anyone else happen to know where else might sell them?
Yeah i think its only in japan where people collect them, google searching brings up nothing in regards to people who collect them that speak english.
well it's rushed as fuck it's also a bit hard to understand. You're going to Hiroshima and flying where exactly? Since you said that you'll be back in Tokyo on Wednesday? Or is that the Wednesday the next week?
So Im going to tokyo in 2 weeks because of the military. I really hate vinegar and really bitter foods. Is there a lot of food I should watch out for? I love trying new things but in LA little tokyo, stores would make yakisoba with mayonnaise on top. It was gross. Is it rude to request they omit certain things from the plate like in America?
I want to move to Japan. It has nothing to do with anime I just think their views and rules on things are great. Just seems pretty cool there. Why shouldn't I visit? Where should I go instead? And how am I wrong :)
I guess their past times with tv shows and games are cool too.
Whats to like about it? Is it right for me?
I really want to go to arcades while Im in japan. I dont speak any japanese or read or write it. I only know anime stuff. Is this doable? Can I ask Japanese folk how to play games and not be a creeper? Also lolipops suck so am I in for a world of hurt playing fighting games? Also are there any rules in arcades? Do I need to smoke to fit in?
Almost made the mistake of asking it in /JP/ (blegh). Long post incoming, probably. Some details are changed to avoid being recognised, however slim the chance.
Currently in a kind of weird personal situation.
I Had a pretty shitty childhood involving the [European country]'s child protective services, foster parents etc etc and teenage years of working full time next to HS for my mom with no wages till the first year of college. Just after entering second year, I decided that the major was stupid and I disliked the other students too.
Right now, I'm out of college with no degree, my parents still know of nothing due to personal circumstances. Being from asian heritage, the pressure on me was insane while having to help out quite a few hours at the store too. Being free to do what I want for the first time in my life, I'm pretty confused and possibly even scared of what I'm going to do in the coming year(s).
One of the plans I'm having right now is to work for about a year, save up as much money as I can and visit acquaintances in asia first and then visiting japan (or america, rest of the world) for up to 6 months.
How feasible would something like that be? considering that:
-Working fulltime for up to 14 months from now on european wages. (up to 1400 eur. NET/month assuming 40 hours and no overtime pay)
-Being 20 years old as of a week ago
-Being of asian/chinese heritage. (ie, look like a tall (179cm) chinese mainlander)
-Not speaking japanese (yet)
-Speaking German, Dutch, English, French and Chinese at a reasonable level.
Being european, I don't need a visum for up to 90 days, what to do if I want to stay longer? Is a long-term tourist visa possible? or do I really need a Japanese citizen/employer as a guarantor?
What about side jobs? any possibility of getting one like that?
I know that the japanese don't tend to like other asians, especially chinese quite as much as (white) foreigners, is that going to pose a problem during a longer stay?
The flight back to Tokyo on Wednesday does a layover in Seoul for some reason and is much cheaper. Would be interesting to visit Seoul for a day.
Wednesday the same week.
Rushed I would understand. I just wanted to visit certain places and Tokyo isn't necessarily my main focus, it just happens that most people I know will be in Tokyo.
Then play Gunslinger Stratos, lots until you git gud.
It's got a bit of a learning curve but lots of fun once you get the hang of it.
You need to register your Japanese phone number on their site to spend points on upgrades or costumes.
>Is this doable?
Depends on how complicated the games you want to play are. I played a bunch of rhythm games and had no problem after kinda watching people play a song or two. If you're feeling extra social maybe give them a "sugoi" after they win or something. If you want to do one of those crazy strategy games good luck.
>Can I ask Japanese folk how to play games and not be a creeper?
If you don't speak Japanese how do you plan on asking them?
>Also lolipops suck so am I in for a world of hurt playing fighting games?
Probably, on the up side it'll be fun getting good again.
>Also are there any rules in arcades?
idk, don't hog a cabinet for too long if there aren't any others available, I guess.
>Do I need to smoke to fit in?
I had no problem asking them not to put mayo on my food. hate the stuff. Then again I don't consider it to be rude here in the states either so.
Everything, from toilets to beds and obviously manners and etiquette are noticeably different from western norms.
It's not usually jaw dropping levels of wierd but it's certainly a little quirky.
If you want to come to experience a rather different culture in a developed nation then by all means go.
If you're expecting some sort of freakshow you'll be disappointed.
I'm flying to Japan on the 27th for 12 days. Here is an itinerary I've come up with:
Oct. 28: Arrival at Haneda at 10:35pm (depart for Hiroshima at 8:40am next morning)
Oct. 29-31: Takehara, Hiroshima City, Kure
Nov. 1: Okayama, Himeji, arrive in Kobe
Nov. 2: Kobe
Nov. 3-5: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara
Nov. 6-9: Tokyo
Nov. 10: Departure from Haneda at 9:25am
The only thing really set in stone is the first three days in Hiroshima. Does the rest sound feasible? Is there anything I should change, add, or remove? And would you recommend going out to Tokyo for the night of the 28th or just staying in the airport?
I could probably skip Kobe. I originally added it because I want to try Kobe beef. I could just make a trip there for a dinner or something, or try it in Tokyo instead (an anon mentioned a restaurant there in the last thread).
there's Otaku but there's not a lot of them and it's definitely not broadly socially accepted. Most people will have watched some anime or read some Manga but don't sperg out about it when you talk to a Japanese person
This. Most Japanese will just know Dragonball, One Piece and stuff like that. I once mentioned to my Japanese teacher that I watched K-On, and she was like "aah! otaku!"
Best not bring that shit up when you want to hit on girls, just to be on the safe side.
Unless you have marketable skills (in finance engineering or computer science) don't move to Japan. Visit or do a year teaching English you will put your self at such a disadvantage in a country that will always discriminate and alienate you for being a lowlife foreigner
I'm leaving for Japan on monday on a very touristy 3-week group travel thing that's probably overpriced if you compare it to individual travel, but I'm not the most outgoing and proactive person so that level of handholding is quite attractive to me.
Anyway, I have a day to spend on my own in Tokyo, and I want to give in to my nerdy side so I've set sights on Akiba. More for sightseeing, not so much shopping. Are there any must-sees I shouldn't miss?
You would enjoy Akihabara thoroughly. Beyond that, I can't tell you.
Also yes, cartoons are generally for children and children only here. Older people may admit to watching Studio Ghibli films and/or things like Gundam/Evangelion/Doraemon/etc. for purely nostalgic reasons (they watched them when they were kids), but anything beyond that is completely off the table.
Any suggestions/previous experiences regarding the temperature of Japan in its Winter? I'll be going up in two months now and I'm not really prepared clothes-wise yet. I've ordered some thermal shorts and I already have a thermal shirt. I've never been out of Australia so I really don't know what to expect. Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated.
There is no reason. Life in Japan isn't like what you see in the animus, and considering that you're an obvious sperg, you will not be able to adapt to life here. Just visit the country as a tourist for a couple of weeks and realise that you won't have magical pets and purple-haired girls falling on you from the sky any more often than you'd have them in the US.
Go to uniqlo (in Japan when you arrive, or in Aus but it's fucking expensive here) and get one of those nice puffy winter jackets. Regular winter clothes + one of those jackets was fine for me in ~0 degree weather.
You do realise that Japanese winter can be very different depending on where in the country you are, right? If you're heading for Cunt, then the temperature usually doesn't even reach zero even at nights, you might as well not bother with winter clothes at all. But then again, I have no idea what you're used to in Australia, so maybe that's cold enough for you.
Since you have 12 days trim the uneccasary stops as much as possible Okayama himeji and Kobe in one day is doable but unpleasant and if no value since you will be eying your watch all day instead of enjoying the location, just my two cents. Kobe is cute but Kobe beef isn't even the best beef in Japan and you could get it easily in Osaka Kyoto or Tokyo restaurant if you are thy committed to trying a stereotypical Japanese food that people will ask if you ate along with sushi seaweed and like maybe fugu or something. Don't have to listen to me though just giving l, like, my opinion man.
Kobe beef is like 40 USD (4000 yens) the lunch...and you have to get to kobe so you have to take the shinkansen to kyoto and maybe another one to kobe. If you are only going for the meat it's not worth it...i tried kobe beef while I was in my day trip to kobe but I'm not a meat expert, I liked it and all but it wasn't so different from a good beef on my country.
Firstly, japanese people won't accept you as a japanese no matter how much time you live here or how good is your japanese, already talked with a lot of foreigners and english teachers and even if you are born in japan but your parents are foreigners they wont accept you as 100% japanese.
I wanted to get on an exchange program in my college to study here for 6 months, but after my 1 month vacation in japan I think japan it's not as amazing as they make it look.
The anime stuff is everywhere no matter where you go, but they don't seem to care too much. Also they don't make too much noise no matter where you go: train, subway, shopping, it's kind of weird for me.
I think the next time i travel I will go to AMERIKA and check if it's as amazing as they make it look
>Firstly, japanese people won't accept you as a japanese no matter how much time you live here or how good is your japanese, already talked with a lot of foreigners and english teachers and even if you are born in japan but your parents are foreigners they wont accept you as 100% japanese.
I'm so sick of people saying this all the time thinking they have cracked some huge code. Of course they won't except you as '100% Japanese', It's the same in every country.
Akihabara is not as cool as they make you think, most of the stores sell used statues/figures and after going to a couple they all look the same. But must see...maybe mandarake? Check kotobukiya...Just dont stay only with the main street, go around and you will find other shops with better stuff.
>but after my 1 month vacation in japan I think japan it's not as amazing as they make it look.
had the opposite experience, really love the country and would like to stay there long term as an exchange student
I recently just got back from Japan about 2 weeks ago, and let me just say this country has the best cuisine, hospitality/respect for humans, fashion, and just mindset overall. Since I’m a low key nerd, I enjoyed the 6 story arcades of classic games (not the cigarette smoke though) owl & cat cafes, and even all the Japanese porn shops for pure comedy. I visited everywhere from Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Nakatsugawa, Asakusa, and many other hard to spell/pronounce cities via train/subway and that’s an experience in itself. Anyways, I created a two minute short film/music video to show Japan the country through my lense. Hope y’all enjoy the video and take time out of your busy schedules to visit a pristine place in Nihon!
Picture related: Myself & and an owl.
I was talking more like anime/cartoonist stuff, even in the subway/train ads they go with anime characters (maybe they are originals from the subway/train people) and it goes and goes with all kind of stuff
your best case scenario for staying in Japan long term is to go back to school and finish your degree, so that you can apply to be an English teacher in Japan. Otherwise being a foreigner and getting a job there is extremely difficult unless you speak fluent Japanese and have a specialized/advanced degree.
It depends, for me it wasn't that awesome, but I had higher expectations from the place. It's still cool and all...but still, all the foreigners I talked to told me that they love being here and they wouln'd change it for anything. So maybe I just love my place more than the idea of moving...just do whatever you want man, don't ask us about right or wrong.
it's only a trip. with relatives in china and stuff, I'll be making next to no costs there.
The plan is to give my Union roadbike a big serviceround, add a baggage rack and comfy upright armrests.
prep a basic set of camping gear and maintainance stuff for my bike (hangmat, raincover, roadmaps of japan and stuff like small tip pliers, tyre patches, hand pump), and go to japan with my bike.
Once there, do a 1400~ km trip from narita, tokyo all the way to osaka within the 3 months I have before needing to get an extension.
Already did a 300 in 10 through normandy this summer so I reckon it shouldnt be /that/ hard doing a 1000+ is much more time. about 70-80 km a day is doable for me, which probably allows me to visit touristy shit along the way
Kinda wrote that previous shite post while drunk and tired after work, so I worded it terribly. ohwell. Gotta save up for a while anyway.
stuff like laws or rules regarding sleeping outdoors in japan i might've missed? Dry season in in early jan-feb right?
Hey guys, Someone is nearby Osaka?
I'm staying in Kyoto for 6 months, and I have no friends or acquaintances, so I'm exploring the city alone. Anything useful to know?
I live in a very small student apartment, we have a shared bathroom and coin shower (that kinda suck), it's on uramon dori, not too far away from the imperial palace.
I'm gonna take a bicycle tomorrow asap, and I'm making a bank account as well.
I have the start of School lessons in more than a week, so i have some spare time.
Any suggestion for searching for a baito?
Blech those were some reasons I do want to but I also really like their laws with non war stuff and how peaceful it is. The rate of murders is low as well. Anime and Games are just a side interest and reason for Japan. I mainly just really like how things are worked there and the nightlife and stuff. I wouldn't plan on moving any time soon but I do think it'd be a great place to visit.
I have no helpful advice for you, but your post looked lonely so I thought I'd respond. I'm somewhere in Kyoto City Kita-ku for I don't know how much longer.
You can go check out KCIF Kokoka and the Kyoto Prefecture International Centre for job listings and newsletters with other job listings for foreigners. You'll only see modelling/hostessing for hot white girls and English teaching going though.
Hey all, I'm working in a hostel in asakusa for a month currently. I also have a 21 day jr pass that I'm planning to activate in mid November.
My first question is what are some good
Parks in Tokyo? I'm walking distance to Ueno, hit up yoyogi, but need some more or other places good for reading.
My 2nd question is about my 21 day pass, I'll leave from tokyo and then I'll end with 2 weeks in kyoto and Osaka. So what is a good route or some great cities to see without including tokyo, kyoto, and osaka?
I was thinking of checking out yakushima island, but haven't really checked out how tough it is to get there.
Trying to backpack on the cheap. But also want to do some nightlife stuff, going to shibuya for Halloween, but wondering how much fun roppongi really is? I'm not super about nightlife but it sounds pretty awesome and I don't want to miss out, also I hear that roppongi is where I'll get picked up as a westerner, or have a better chance of picking up with my zero Japanese language skill.
Roppongi can be pretty fun, but it is expensive, especially as a guy. There are other places where you can go out and have a good time.
If you want to go out in the Roppongi area, you might want to give the Tokyo Pub Crawl a try - they don't take you to the best or most exciting places, but you meet a lot of cool people, get pretty drunk and in general have a good time (I went on Friday)
I meant as in going as a one off. It's primarily aimed at tourists, so naturally it will be repetitive. I was just suggesting it for someone who wanted to go to Roppongi and didn't necessarily already know people.
Saying that, there are people who go every week and have a good time. It depends what you're after. It was my first time on Friday, and it suited me since I'm only here short term and wanted to meet a few new people. I might even go next week, but, no, I wouldn't go regularly.
If you want to go slightly off the beaten path a bit Showa Memorial Park in Tachikawa is huge and nice. It's the best in the summer, they even have a little barbecue area where you can buy everything you need right there to have a Japanese style barbecue.
I personally don't like Roppongi so much and prefer Shibuya for nightlife, but you can give it a try. The African guys are more aggressive there than elsewhere. They are annoying and an eyesore. Roppongi is also overpriced, even for Tokyo because of its foreigner reputation and shit. They know a lot of tourists are going to go there. As far as getting "picked up" I don't know really. I think as long as you're confident and fun and decently put together it may not matter much. Obviously being handsome helps. Despite what Julian Blanc may have you believe, many Japanese girls simply do not like or are not comfortable with foreign guys and just prefer Japanese guys.
What did you expect, fornication in the streets? It was fun dude, don't be that guy. "Well it was okaaaaay." You just sound like a cooler-than-thou hipster that isn't excited by anything.
>Despite what Julian Blanc may have you believe, many Japanese girls simply do not like or are not comfortable with foreign guys and just prefer Japanese guys.
I will add that this is not necessarily just a language barrier thing. Generally speaking if you are foreigner who can speak Japanese well, it's not like they're automatically necessarily receptive to you. A lot of times it can just some off as weird or like you're a big dork.
Could anyone please help me out finding a place to stay in Kobe for year (working holiday)?
I'm looking for my own apartment ideally but gaijin/shared houses are cool too if that's a no-go. I've searched quite a lot but I'm not really finding much besides apartments with 2-year contracts and crazy prices. Any help is appreciated, thanks.
Also I wanted to ask, my budget for rent would be about 65k-75k yen/month, would that be sufficient? Kind of worried it won't be.
Did my post looked lonely? It wasn't intended to be lol
I'll stay here in a language school, i have the exam in a day to found out my level, hope to stay in advanced class (N2 to N1) or else my university in Italy won't convert those exams to their.
About part times, I see announcements everywhere, did they not take gaijins at all, even if they talk the language?
I have a question about booking and reserving hostels/hotels etc.
In SEA I would book my first few nights a hostel near the airport before taking off to other parts of the country. I normally wouldn't reserve or book anything. I just walk into hostels and normally they have room because I don't really travel during high travel seasons.
My question is would this work in Japan?
Can I show up to a hostel or hotel without any reservations? or is that looked down upon?
I'm asking because I don't like to stick to strict schedules.
Japan is not the most common destination among backpackers, so there aren't as many hostels as in Thailand, for example. There still are plenty, but the good and/or cheap ones are often unavailable on short notice. Airbnb on the other side seems to always have at least something.
The same principle applies to hotels. I head trouble finding something cheap and good in Tokyo when I started looking a week in advance.
So for Japan I'd probably book something in advance, especially if it's just two weeks.
How feasible/cheap is it to post souvenirs back to your home address from Japan? I'm planning on traveling minimally and lightweight for 2 weeks there so don't want to be burdened by all the tat I might buy.
In my opinion those are the two best places in Japan.
I live in Tokyo now but I'd gladly go back to Osaka if I could. Unfortunately most of the big companies have their HQs in Tokyo.
If you go to Osaka I would check out the Namba area including Dotonbori and the canal.
Kobe's a bit more boring for a vacation vs living there but I would check out Arima Onsen or Koshien if you like baseball and wanna see a game.
this seems like a troll post but I don't think you'll be very popular as a permanent resident.
Would be a really fun vacation for you though. In Tokyo you should check out Akihabara and maybe Ikebukuro. Also there's a Ghibli museum in the burbs. You gotta get your ticket for the museum ahead of time though
bumping what this anon was asking
really keen to see some local hip-hop shows in when I'm over in nov/dec for a month but I can't seem to find any clear events barring Harlem club in Shinjuku
Ditto on the park idea. I went there last month and it was beautiful and fucking huge. For whatever reason, there were not a lot of other foreigners there. Even other Japanese people seemed surprised when I told them I went there.
Me and my friends (3 boys in total) are planning to do a month long trip in japan next august/september; we want to visit from the very north of hokkaido to the south (except for okinawa and shit).
How much time do you advise to take for the single regions and can you suggest some must-see-locations (both historical and natural)?
Went to a bar last night that were serving beer and this other drink with a lemon slice in the picture. We couldn't guess what it was and stuck with the beer.
I copied this from the menu:
What kind of drink is it? It was selling for 250Y
Is it possible to survive a trip to Japan without knowing how to speak japanese? I've never traveled outside of my country, so it seems pretty intimidating being a latino stranded in a sea of asian without being able to communicate properly.
Do businesses usually have bilingual employees? Here in Puerto Rico most people know both english and spanish, for example
It's definitely possible to *survive*, I mean, Japan is a very popular country for tourists. Generally speaking the English ability of Japanese people is quite low. But all the signs in train stations are bilingual. Major hotels and a decent number of hostels should have English speaking staff. A lot of restaurants have English menus. But don't expect anyone to really speak English generally speaking.
Alright, thanks for the heads up. Restaurants having english menus and train signs being bilingual really boosts my confidence in going. Might take a trip over there this winter, therefore I might see snow irl for the first time.
The cost of shipping souvenirs will exceed the value in the box, my mother in law sends us care packages once every few months and the cost north of 150 each time for like puffed rice snacks
Going to Japan for 2 weeks in December with a mate. 1 week in Hakuba snowboarding and 1 week in Tokyo. What are the good areas in Tokyo? Anyone know a good place to stay which isn't a tube in the wall?
Depends what you're going to do.
The typical places are Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi for drinking and nightlife,
I've stayed at a few youth hostels, all of them are bunk beds unless you get a private room. Their Asakusa location which was good, check Agoda or Hostelworld for specials.
only send stuff home once via a normal post office. Cost me like 50€ for a relatively big box and took like 3 weeks or so to arrive. If you go to a post office in a relatively touristy area, they should have some guidance in English
What are the good areas in Tokyo?
Blegh, this could easily be figured out lurking /trv/ constantly or just searching online, but anyway.
Nightlife: Shibuya, Roppongi, Shinjuku (to an extent). Shinjuku does NOT have a club scene. Shinjuku's nightlife is focused on mizu shobai (ie, prostitution). It's worth it to walk around the red light district, Kabukicho, at night just for the experience, but understand that most of the tug joints and fuzokuten will be off limits to you as a foreigner if you are even into that stuff. Also don't go along with an African guy who approaches you and tries to get you to come to his bar. You'll get your wallet cleaned out or worse. Shinjuku also has Golden Gai, which should not be missed. Golden Gai is a small cluster of tiny bars, each with about 5 seats a piece. Some of the bars are members only, like you have to have been introduced to the owner. Others aren't gaijin friendly, but most are. You will have a unique and memorable experience there for sure. Ebisu is also an underrated place for bar hopping.
Shopping: Omotesando, Ginza (snooty-- but worth walking around), Harajuku (protip: Harajuku street is better than the crowded and tacky Takeshita street-- just fight your way through Takeshita street and cross the intersection when you get to it.Though Takeshita street is still worth a look-see).
Sightseeing: Asakusa. Probably the most popular tourist area in the city but very much worth it. Go to Odaiba. Awesome night view. I like going during the day to to watch the ships on the port. You can see a life sized Gundam. Akihabara. Used electronics/weeaboo haven. Anime figure shops, 6 story adult video stores, giant arcades, etc. I recommend taking a day trip out to Kamakura too.
shoubai = しょうばい = 商売
Means like trade or transaction. The "water trade" is a Japanese term referring to nightlife businesses such as host/hostess bars, soaplands, etc.
I think the term is derived from the Edo period? Because Bathhouses where you could also get some sexual services started to become popular?
Uh, I'm not really sure how to define tourist trap but I don't think so? You can have a good time in Roppongi. It's just expensive, but really everywhere is.
This epic meme again...
Who is looking to be accepted *as a Japanese person* if you are not Japanese. Literally no one. It's a non issue.
But YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AN OUTSIDER.
I love that one.
If you go make sure to go to some non bilingual restaurants, generally the ones with English menus are less "authentic" (and this is a rule for any non-English country.) Just learn the Yen kanji, find something that looks priced as a meal, and pick that.
how low should a ticket be if i were to go in june? does summer months go up on a ticket like winter months cause one to tokyo is like 1500-1800 right and fuck these prices are high
Couple of questions:
I'm going to Japan for 3 weeks in May next year and i'll be leaving by the first couple of days in June, does that mean i'll miss the rainy season? Mainly visiting Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. I plan on visiting a few theme parks and i'm paranoid about rain ruining my time/not being able to go on rides because of weather.
Also, the general consensus is that JR passes are worthwhile? I think i might just get a 7 day one, but i'm a bit confused by the consecutive day thing. Does that mean that you have to use it every day for 7 days or can you just use it any time within a week.
Also any recommendations for less tourist-y places to visit would be great. I'm really interested in haikyo too.
Sorry if these are dumb ass questions, this is my first trip overseas.
Meh all of the sex industry stuff seems like such a rip after going to happening bars. Its got the fun of there still being a chase and having to approach the girl, but theres no bullshit dates just straight to sex if you hit it off
agree on the rip off part but for foreigners without Japanese skills and or a friend (male or female), paying for sex is probably a better (if not the only option) when it comes to the sex industry
Do you think the yen will get better? £1 = ¥183.52 at the moment. Not great.
You should miss the rainy season. As for the JR pass thing, sorry I can't help you because I'm a resident so I've never messed with it.
Have you ever actually been to a Happening Bar? Full disclosure to anyone here interested, do not go to a Happening Bar under the impression that there's even a decent chance of action happening. 50% of the time you go they're dead, many other times either there will just be some old swinger ladies you're not interested in, or girl(s) who aren't interested. Sometimes you will get lucky but I'd say it's 1 out of 10 if you're not into middle aged swinger ladies. It costs generally between $100-$200 for single men, for one time entry. Also, sex at Happening Bars does not happen behind closed doors! You have to have sex in the play room, which other people can use at the same time and look into even if they're not using it. So yeah, "it is just straight to the sex" (out in the open!) In that sense a fuzokuten, etc. may be more appealing to someone. You increase your chances at happening bars by going as a couple or being a single woman.
Couple kissas are generally more guaranteed as far as action goes, but you must go as a couple, not even single girls can get in.
Keeping all these things in mind, just going to a tug joint is not really a rip-off if you're just looking for that. Hell, a pink salon will get you a blowjob for about $70 bucks. I personally don't like prostitution and I've never been to any of those places but I know what they're like.
Except that is kind of a non statement because going to any of the sex establishments in Japan will require Japanese ability if not actually being Japanese. Foreigners are barred from most of those places.
As for Happening Bars, there is one I know of that is straight up foreigner friendly--the manager speaks some English. Other ones are generally foreigner friendly as long as you know enough Japanese to understand the rules.
I've only ever gone to a Happening Bar with my gf. I like older women and she she's okay with older men so we generally do okay with the swap action. But from my observation, single guys are rarely getting action at these places. I'm not saying it doesn't happen ever, but they're generally just there watching the show. I think you're chances are even worse as a foreign guy.
>Foreigners are barred from most of those places
Yes of course but I bet there's more sex establishments that cater to single foreigners than happening bars (there's a reason I put the rockitreports link in every OP) and the rest of your post seems to imply that too. Not a real issue for me personally as I've gone to Soaplands and other places like that before. Speaking Japanese really does open a lot of doors in that country
I've had sex literally every time I've gone single. Have you ever been? I've brought two girls with me there and they've always been too weirded out to have sex the first time and often end up getting jealous if I participate at all. Usually on return visits they're cool with having sex, but I've yet to take a girl thats ok with swapping.
I've heard about the other ones with no action, but whether I'm with a girl, a friend, or on my own if I'm just a little bit socialble without fail some girl or couple ask to see my dick so they can compare to Japanese size. From there its not very difficult to move on to more. Its actually something I like about them. Its got a bit of the excitement of still having to chase a girl like at a bar, but everyone is there for the same reason so if you have some game its leading to sex right then and there without the bull shit. The price is a little expensive to do every weekend but its about what you'd spend on 3 or 4 dates to get sex normally.
I did a lot of research before I went the first time and my Japanese friend did as well so it seems we picked a good one. The ratio is already really bad so I'm not going to say where, but I've only been one time where the majority of girls weren't willing, but my friend came with me and he wanted to stick around and some more people came. We ended up getting tug jobs by one cute girl and double teaming a girl who looked like she was straight out of AKB by the end of the night. The ratio being so high is the one negative, the girls that do go usually want to suck and fuck a lot of dicks, but you get used to it especially since its pretty easy to take control of the situation when you've got the bigger dick.
Plus sex out in the open is fun. Taking your dick out and it being socially acceptable is great.
Being a normal foreigner that can have a conversation in Japanese makes you more interesting than most of the weird Japanese single guys that go. Japanese ability is the key, I can usually get through a normal conversation but whenever I've faultered from being too drunk or something the girl has lost interests. But its the same as everywhere else that isn't some girl trying to use you for free English lessons. The girls going there are looking for something light and easy. If you keep it fun, sexual, and find a way to take out your dick when she wants to see it you're usually good. I've only ever seen one guy get some that was walking around in one of those outfits with his dick always out.
>Have you ever been?
I just said I have with my gf two posts above yours.
>The ratio is already really bad so I'm not going to say where
Do you mind emailing me which one? My gf and I would be interested. If you are interested in meeting up you can certainly have fun with my GF too. She's tall and has a big butt (not fat).
Going to Tokyo on my own, and I want to go drinking, meet locals, and maybe chat up some Jap qts. I don't speak Japanese. I'm not socially awkward, reasonably good looking and had quite an easy time with this in Seoul.
In which neighbourhood should I book a room? Shibuya or Roppongi?
Any tips on particular bars or clubs I should check out?
>Also, the general consensus is that JR passes are worthwhile?
Yes, very worth it if you are going to various cities. A round trip shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto is about the same cost as a regular one week JR pass. The only problem with the JR pass (other than only working on JR lines) is that it does not include the Nozomi which is the fastest shinkansen.
Hey guys, I posted this over on /k/ too, so hopefully you guys can all help me find some information...
I'm headed over to Iwakuni in a couple weeks (military assignment) and I was hoping you all might be able to help me get prepared to go over there, or if you guys know anything about the area at all and what there is to do and see, within reason.
It really depends on the kind of electronics you're talking about. Certain things are much cheaper there, for example, camera gear. You can get european brands cheaper than in the country they make them for some reason.
There are often good deals on domestic brands, too. I found prices of the kind of electronics I am interested in (photography and audio) to be lower in Japan than most other places.
Not that many anons make it out here, but if you end up in the Alps (Matsumoto, Kamikochi, etc) then suica/pasmo is basically only accepted in conbini. Some of the vending machines also accept suica but not pasmo.
I beg to differ, sir. I saw new PS Vitas for 16500 yen when I was in Osaka. They just released new colors last month so I picked one up for 17800 in akiba. If you factor in the fact that you don't pay tax on it and the favorable exchange rate, it is much cheaper to buy it here than in the US... not to mention getting all the accessories (case, memory card, etc) tax free as well.
The JR pass simply allows you to travel on JR trains (with exceptions) freely for 7 consecutive days. There is no obligation to travel every day, no time restrictions, but the days must be consecutive
I live in a state without sales taxes so duty free is no advantage for me but it might be for some. Even so, the base price of most electronics in Japan that I remember were higher than prices for the same thing on the US side. TVs, appliances, personal grooming (read electric shavers, hair driers, etc.), and smartphones were generally cheaper. The worst example I remember was when Roombas started selling in Japan. I was in a Yamada Denki where it was selling for 75k yen when you can pick it up in the US for less than $400. Even with today's favorable exchange rate that is still a $200 premium.
Complete noob here, never been outside the UK as an adult having to sort out everything myself and i'm too lazy to research anything in depth at the minute so please be kind and spoon feed me general info.
How much would 2 weeks in Japan cost in ££ for 1 or 2 people?
what goes in to sorting out visa's and stuff?
and do you book everything yourself or do you use travel agents?
Due to travel group itinerary hijinks I'm going to be stuck for an extra day in Hiroshima. We're already doing the peace park, a-bomb dome, etc plus a side trip to Miyajima.
Any recommendations on what else to visit?
Also, are there any noteable shopping opportunities for friends of the Japanese animation industry?
Most specialized small shops (e.g. Used camera gear places or used video game shops) will offer you tax free shopping. All major shops will do it too. While you will find more shops in Tokyo, you will likely find the same things in Osaka.
You can also use sites like kakaku.com to find shops with cheapest prices on the stuff you are looking for. Make sure the shop you select has over the counter sales as many of them are online only. Site can be a bitch to browse but google translate works well
Shit I mistakenly did an additional day at Hiroshima too and decided to explore the town, I found it quite boring to be honest. With the exception of the time I went to this okonomiyaki place and had a chance to have a japanglish conversation with this old lady which was working at the shop. It was a highlight of the trip. Other than that, the downtown is plain and kind of boring.
You are probably better off trying to do a day trip somewhere
well, fuck. No idea where I'd go for a day trip. Unfortunately train fares are expensive as fuck as well and I have no Rail pass...
The only other things to do I could find are the castle, Shukkeien Garden, Mazda museum and Animate Hiroshima. Any of those worth a visit?
Takehara might be a nice place to visit for a day trip. It's about a two-hour train ride from Hiroshima. Since you mentioned Japanese animation, Takehara is the setting for the slice-of-life anime Tamayura. The city is also home to the island Okunoshima, which used to have a poison gas factory during WWII, and now has hundreds of rabbits living there which you can feed.
When are you going to be in Hiroshima, anyway? There is a light-up event in Takehara on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 that you might find worth checking out if you're there during those days. I'm planning to go there on the 31st as well as the 29th, because I want to see the town when it's not crowded with people.
I'm admittedly biased in my suggestion since I'm a big fan of Tamayura, and if you're not, you might find find the town to be boring. Look it up online and see if it might be a place you're interested in visiting.
I'm staying from Sunday to Tuesday... that's the 11th to the 13th.
I don't think Takehara (the people with me are suffering from a low power level so any pilgrimage is iffy) is really an option, but thank you for the suggestion. I'm not sure if any day trip is really worth it considering the costs.
Has anyone been to the Yamato museum (and submarine museum) in Kure?
I'm aiming for £2500 (¥460,000) for my 2 week stay. Majority of that is on flights, accommodation and JR rail pass. Remainder is food, attractions and general spending money. Visa's are issued automatically upon entering the country (I think). I'm planning and booking everything myself. More flexible that way.
I would start sooner rather than later, it gets complicated fast and there's so much to think about. Easy to overlook the small (but important) things.
lads i was planning on topping up a Caxton card with some anime dollars, then withdrawing most of it in Japan.
my question is would Nip atm's accept my Caxton card?
Lol, what? You can definitely pull in Japan not knowing Japanese if you are fun and confident. Certainly Japanese ability helps in most cases, but it is not necessary when alcohol, attractiveness/confidence and slutty girls are concerned.
How is he in any way a cuck? Man, I knew that word had become the meme buzzword of this place the past year or so, but I didn't think people were throwing it around THIS loosely. A cuckhold is a man who likes watching his own girl have sex with other men. That's it. Nothing he described is cuckholdry.
>Otherwise being a foreigner and getting a job there is extremely difficult unless you speak fluent Japanese and have a specialized/advanced degree.
God fucking damn it is it really that hard?
What about buying real estate?
I'm using Rakuten Travel to book hotels, since the booking services that the hotels use require a Japanese address and phone number when you use them. Rakuten doesn't allow me to specify a check-in time and just goes with the earliest time, but I want to check in later than that. It also says to call the hotel if you're going to be late for the check-in time. If I just show up late, will I risk additional fees or losing my reservation? If it's important to contact them, will email be okay?
Yes it's hard as fuck. I do IT and even tough that's a high-demand worldwide, they still ask for japanese fluency for that area. This is coming from a Mexican dude working in Germany without a trace of German language skills.
In the words of many Berliner people, "Berlin is not Germany". There is a higher prevalence of expats from all over the world here than anywhere else in Germany, you also have huge loads of Turkish people and their descendants, and tons of middle eastern people. All in all it's a 4 million people non-homogeneous mixed bag.
Prevalence of English skills relatively high among people under 35-40 years old. Not as high as other countries such as Sweden, but high still. At every government office and bank there will be someone able to do your paperwork in english even if the forms are entirely in German.
There is a certain sense of isolation in not speaking the local language, tough, so that can be a bit annoying. Most expats never learn German around these parts because it's so easy to get by without it.
Does any have any experience doing a work exchange in japan/tokyo? I'm really close to emailing someone but I'd still like to get any additional input if anyone has any to give. I think it would be a great way to stay long term and make friends while saving money , all in exchange for a couple hours work a day seems fair to me.
I'm not sure if I should mention this but I finally realized I'm depressed and I'm hoping a change of scenery will help me get my mind straight as its starting to effect my small business. I mention this because maybe someone else has done something similar for themselves? Sorry for the long winded post
Gonna be going to Tokyo in about a week, does anyone know what good places for trading cards are? Specifically Weiss Schwartz?
Should I just get my cash now before I leave. Also those wifi mobile hotspots should I just pick one up when I get there or should I get a SIM card. I have a iPhone 5s the phone is unlocked.
Thank you. Now that I think of it, maybe that's actually what they mean when they say to call the hotel if you will be late. They have a check-in time period, say for example, 15:00 - 24:00, so maybe that means if you'll be later than 24:00.
The mobile hostpots suck, unless you are traveling in a group. Battery rarely lasts the whole day so you have to be turning them on / off throughout the day. Get a SIM card.
As for the cash, post office and 7-11 bank ATM's have very good exchange rates, no need to take it all with you.
Iv'e been looking at basic Japanese phrases to help me on my holiday. When ordering food can you string together orders with "to"? As in if I point at multiple items and use "kore to kore to kore o onegaishimasu"?
>Battery rarely lasts the whole day
One solution to this is to get an external battery. Something like:
Anyone have experience working and living in Tokyo not as an English teacher?
Was approached by a recruiter for a project management position, but am a bit hesitant to work there given what I hear about work culture.
... by the way, I don't speak Japanese..
There are different pronunciations for vowels in English. Just for the vowel o you have short o, like in frog or cot, the long vowel sound like potato or slow, and irregular like too and to (fun homonyms). This is not to be confused with longer pronounced vowels like とう. と and とう are both pronounced with a long o vowel, again like potato or go, rather than the irregular too or to which sounds like a long u, such as in tuba.
I'm going to be in Tokyo for about 3 months this winter. I'm kinda into photography but think it would be more fun and easier if I could go out and take photos with other people. Are there such photography clubs/classes I can join in Tokyo? Ideally English-speaking.
It is not a permanent position? Then man up do the contract for however long understand the steep learning curve with differing professional and corporate culture enjoy Japan the two hours a week you are not on the job then slap that shit on your resume so you can get a real job with better pay
Out of curiosity, where were you recruited? What country are you from? And what kind of project management?
Japanese work culture is about as bad as you've heard. If you work for a Japanese company overtime and long hours will be a basic fact of life. I am an engineer for Bridgestone in Tokyo and while it's not nearly as bad for me as it is for a lot of people it can still get rough. Mainly just when there's a major project or what have you.
Regardless, not all non-teaching jobs are the same, clearly.
I actually got connected to a recruiter in the UK but I am American. We just connected over linkedin.
From what I see there are tons of software engineering jobs there that don't require knowing any Japanese, and almost all of them are in Tokyo.
Other positions that could not require Japanese language skills could be recruitment or business development. But you need a little luck there..
In Japan Akihabara right now
Have any of you went to a Maid Cafe before?
I am a socially awkward Otaku by the way and I understand little to no Japanese
No. Went to Akihabara few times already, but I don't have any interest in main cafes. If you can't speak Japanese, chances your visit will be a very embarassing experience.
Kinda wish I could see it, I always grin when I see weeaboos panic in shops when buying games or anime.
It's simple. You need to notify your bank so you can get cash abroad. Once you are there, there are only a few banks which will allow you to do withdrawals. These are post office banks, 7-11 banks, citibank and probably some other bank I am forgetting.
Exchange rates are good, but remember to add your bank's fee on top of that. That varies a lot. Pretty much all types of card work. So far I have used Mastercard and Maestro EC there, no issues.
I don't know man. You might be able to get off scot free from some of their work culture bullshit since you are a foreigner. I have never worked there, but I know several Japanese people who have. Here's the gist of it:
If you leave on time, you are considered lazy. You don't question your boss and do as you're told. Even tough in theory you will have a good amount of vacation days, in practice people don't take them all because you'll be branded as lazy if you do.
At least for locals, it's not a nice work culture. I love japan to bits but I would never work there. YMMV as usual tough.
Why do so many people want to go to Japan long term when they don't speak Japanese?
Is it the typical American mindset of the world having to bend to your will and speaking English? Otherwise I don't see how do you plan on living a fulfilling life here.
Why do so many people want to go to the US long term when they don't speak English?
Is it the typical Eurolard mindset of the world having to bend to your will and speaking dumbfuckese? Otherwise I don't see how do you plan on living a fulfilling life here.
I wish I had known that the Izukogen hiking trails along the coast past the lighthouse turn into equal parts roots and boulders while the path climbs 20 m up and then down again. "Nature study course" my ass.
Great view, though.
Not the other guy, but regardless. USA is a melting pot where there is a little bit of everything. Regardless of where you are from, there will be a decent-sized community of your people somewhere in there.
Japan, on the other hand, is homogeneous as fuck. It's no melting pot and not very welcoming or accommodating for immigrants. You can be born and raised there but if you dont look like one, you won't be one. Total opposite to USA in that regard.
>You can be born and raised there but if you dont look like one, you won't be one.
Yes, we all know this. Really, though, is there any sane non-Japanese person who wants to fully integrate into Japanese society?
Well some people are just weaboos for other countries, not necessarily just Japan. It's eiter that kind of people, and people who happened to fall in love / marry a Japanese citizen.
What do I need to do in order to live in Japan for more than a year? As an American, I work online so source of money isn't a problem. I'd like to live in Japan for as long possible but will start for over a year.
Do japanese folk look down on the baka gaijin or are they fine with tourists? I would like to visit an asian country and Japan seems like the safest bet.
I'm no weeaboo, but I'm interested in seeing what akihabara has to offer (I play plenty of video games) and just go sightseeing in general. Maybe visit some old temples and hot springs, finally force myself to learn how to use chopsticks, meet new people, check out how life is in a metropolis (I hear Tokyo is one of the most advanced cities in the world. We don't have cities like those where I live), etc.
I'm in Tokyo for a couple of months and last time I was at an arcade, I saw lots of machines using this "aimo" card. or was it "aime"? something like that.
It seemed like you have credits and/or gameplay data stored on this card or something like that.
Can anyone elaborate on this card? What exactly does it do? How does it work? Is it worth it for someone who goes to arcades relatively often (a couple of times a week)? How do I get one?
>What do I need to do in order to live in Japan for more than a year?
1. Marry a Japanese citizen.
2. Work for a Japanese company, have them sponsor you for a visa.
3. Be willing to invest a minimum of USD50K to open a new business in Japan (AFAIK this is the minimum, but it may be higher).
4. Attend/pay tuition to a recognized school, who will sponsor you for a visa.
5. Be an illegal immigrant, eventually get tossed into jail, tortured, and then deported.
I think that about sums your choices up.
>You might be able to get off scot free from some of their work culture bullshit since you are a foreigner.
Absolutely not. If it's a Japanese company there are no "white people go home early" rules.
Every country will have someone who rolls their eyes at a tourist. Stop shitting your pants about this. Chances are you will find some of the nicest people you've ever met in Japan.
I've got an idea of where to go in japan, but I have no grasp of a food budget. I'll spend a week or two, depending largely on this.
If I eat at hole in the wall places, say, three times a day, how much (usd) should I plan to spend per day?
also, daily spending budget after food (not including transportation)?
3000円 per day on average will be plenty no matter where. Maybe a bit more depending on the places you eat at, but I suppose you won't go for the top notch sushi places every single day.
Does anyone have experience with the MEXT scholarship? I want to apply for the undergraduate program where I learn Japanese for a year before going to 4 years of college. I hope to get in to the University of Tokyo; this is well respected in Japan, right? Would I be putting myself at a large disadvantage by not going to a college in America?
My reasons for wanting to go are[spoiler]terrible. It's pure escapism, and I fully admit that. I don't expect anything spectacular, so I know I won't be disappointed in that regard. Japan is 7,000 miles away from my hometown and has probably one of the most radically different cultures of any developed nation, and I really need that.[/spoiler]