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 Post subject: Two weeks in Tokyo
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:58 pm 
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Planets aligned and it appears that I got a round trip two week stay in Tokyo in mid-August with a few friends.
Okay, great. I always had a few places I wanted to visit in the area (mostly tourist stuff but there were other things like an all-nighter photographing in Odaiba and seeing if a Mos Burger beats a Modern Burger) but I would of expected all that to take a week at most. What will I be able to do for the other week or so after I strike everything off my To-Do list? I can't just spend the whole time watching TV or getting lost in the Tokyo transit system.

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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No, I am pretty sure that you will not get bored in Japan, one of the fastest capitals in the world :).

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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You will have plenty to do, it is a very interesting city, very safe and the people are really interesting but I do find the food a little tough!!!
I would recommend hoping on the train and visiting other cities and also visit Mt. Fuji and the Hakkone as well - I dare you to eat a seven year egg!

I will be in your neck of the wood in June, I will have a three week holiday in BC...yes I will bring and post the CD I promised you!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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pentium wrote:
What will I be able to do for the other week or so after I strike everything off my To-Do list?

Weeelllll .......


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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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I'd say maybe a short trip out to somewhere rural with nice temples and shrines.
Maybe an onsen with monkeys.

Maybe click randomly around the "lonely planet" site or google "Japan guide"...
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan

But..
... A lot of guides will not mention the real Japan ... pachinko parlors, hostest clubs, blow job bars, brothels, and splash clubs...

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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Spending a few hours lost in the transit system would probably do you some good.

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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sybrfreq wrote:
Spending a few hours lost in the transit system would probably do you some good.

The most complex transit system I ever used was the Vancouver system and I couldn't get lost.
Okay, so I guess I can take a trip out to the more rural areas and see what it's like so I'll search some places up.
Than again, how "rural" can you get in the Tokyo area? I have several chores I gotta do up in Hikarigaoka but even that still seems like a suburb.

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I will be in your neck of the wood in June, I will have a three week holiday in BC...yes I will bring and post the CD I promised you!!!

You are cutting things fine. Depending on which time in June I'll either be up in the interior or down in Vancouver.

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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Depending on which time in June I'll either be up in the interior ...

You can get farther away from civilization than Kamloops ? wow :D


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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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hamei wrote:
pentium wrote:
Depending on which time in June I'll either be up in the interior ...

You can get farther away from civilization than Kamloops ? wow :D

Lytton BC.
So far out in the middle of nowhere, you can't even get Globalstar sat phone coverage.

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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PymbleSoftware wrote:
pachinko parlors, hostest clubs, blow job bars, brothels, and splash clubs...


A lot of those places are too xenophobic to even allow 外国人 inside, so unless you can speak Japanese pretty well, you're probably SOL anyway. しょうがない、ね?

Fortunately, within Tokyo, it's kinda hard to get lost on the various mass transit systems, since most everything is bi-lingual. Make sure you have a guide with you (or someone that can read kanji) if you leave Tokyo, though. (Back in a day, Zone81 used to have all sorts of train/subway/bus information, but it looks like that site is gone...)

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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Which speaking of, does anyone know why Japan barely allows refugees in? I mean, Japan is often considered to be part of the “West,” it being in the G7 and so on, but they seem to be pretty reluctant to participate in things like these. I don't know an incredible lot about Japan, so if anyone could enlighten me I'd be very grateful.


Respect the emperor and expel the barbarians. !!
I mean how would you feel if Admiral Perry steamed his black ships into your harbor..??

Racial purity is almost as important as the cast system in Japan. Read the real history of Japan. Like how the English and the USA dragged Japan into the second world war by cutting off oil supplies from Indonesia and elsewhere to Japans conquest of China. Do you really think that Tojo woke up one day and said "fuck it i'm bored let's go to pearl harbor" ...completely unprovoked...??

Something to get you started...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogun
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_Restoration

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The policy of isolation lasted for more than 200 years. In 1844, William II of the Netherlands sent a message urging Japan to open her doors, which resulted in Tokugawa shogunate's rejection.[17] On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy with four warships—the Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna—steamed into the bay at Edo, old Tokyo, and displayed the threatening power of his ships' cannons during a Christian burial, which the Japanese observed. He requested that Japan open to trade with the West. These ships became known as the kurofune, the Black Ships.
The following year, at the Convention of Kanagawa on March 31, 1854, Perry returned with seven ships and requested that the Shogun sign the "Treaty of Peace and Amity," establishing formal diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States. Within five years Japan had signed similar treaties with other western countries. The Harris Treaty was signed with the United States on July 29, 1858. These treaties were widely regarded by Japanese intellectuals as unequal, having been forced on Japan through gunboat diplomacy, and as a sign of the West's desire to incorporate Japan into the imperialism that had been taking hold of the rest of the Asian continent. Among other measures, they gave the Western nations unequivocal control of tariffs on imports and the right of extraterritoriality to all their visiting nationals. They would remain a sticking point in Japan's relations with the West up to the turn of the century.



How about the British enslaving millions of Chinese with opium.... and the Westerner's tariffs and trades zones of in China??
I bet they don't teach you about that in your education system...

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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It seems a bit like a double standard to me. Particularly that there's absolutely no outcry about it, whatsoever.


Heh, again, しょうがない、ね?

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 Post subject: Re: Two weeks in Tokyo
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It seems a bit like a double standard to me.
well, of course it's two different standards: two different countries with two different cultures.

Just think what a terribly boring place this would be if all the world's people were identical.

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eMGee wrote:
It seems a bit like a double standard to me. Particularly that there's absolutely no outcry about it, whatsoever.


Heh, again, しょうがない、ね?



i wouldn't want some fat, hairy, white guy at my splash party either. wtf that is :)

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