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greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:29 pm

Well, I have been a bit quiet in the postings this week as I have been in Tokyo! Weather has been terrible - heavy rain but still lots to do.
Akihabara & Harajuku are always fun!
I'll post a few photos when I get back..
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Unread postby pentium » Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:37 pm

I so envy you.
Found any good loot yet?
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Unread postby D-EJ915 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:46 pm

If you lived in the states I would have you pick up a happy hacking keyboard for me. Have fun while you're over there.
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Unread postby skywriter » Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:43 am

i was there this april, have fun! i hope to get sometime soon. how's is the humidity this summer?
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:05 pm

terrible - such heavy rain and thunder, some bad flooding...

I will be regular visitor there from now on...
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Unread postby nekonoko » Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:05 am

Hopefully it clears up for you - seems like you've had a run of bad luck concerning weather recently :)

Out of curiosity, did you notice any used electronics shops in your excursions? I seem to remember Japan passed a weird law recently regarding reselling old gear - curious as to what came out of that.
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:09 am

In Akihabara I did see some shops in side streets selling 2nd hand PCs and pulls like graphic cards, fans, RAM etc. I didn't take much notice as it wasn't SGI...
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:45 am

I will fly out to Tokyo again this weekend for a few days...work
Still - good weather for warm Saki..
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Unread postby pentium » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:21 am

What is it you do again that lets you go to to the Tokyo regin every so often?
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Unread postby maxsleg » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:25 pm

I working in marketing for a large test & measurement company - but I am really an engineer who has to make some powerpoint slides now and then...
I spend a lot more time in San Jose.....
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:13 am

back in Japan - Shinjuku. Went down to Harajuku this morning (only two stops on the train) but very very wet so not a great deal to see...Seems to be clearing up now...
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Unread postby The Keeper » Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:58 pm

While you're in the immediate vicinity of the 山の手, could you please do me a favor and confirm which of these tunes you hear while on that line?

http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_01.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_02.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_03.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_04.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_05.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_06.mp3

My wife and I can't really recall the details at this point...

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Unread postby shyouko » Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:16 pm

The Keeper wrote:While you're in the immediate vicinity of the 山の手, could you please do me a favor and confirm which of these tunes you hear while on that line?

http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_01.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_02.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_03.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_04.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_05.mp3
http://www.kalisiak.com/japan/movies/JR_06.mp3

My wife and I can't really recall the details at this point...

Thanks!
Chris

All the 6 tunes are used on the Yamanote Line.

JR_05 is used at Yurakucho station.

I need to check my CD for others...

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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:48 am

I did hear some strange noise this morning but at 7:45 the Yamanote line was incredibly packed!!!
My Japanese colleague tells me that each station has a special tune....they all sound like a weird aracde game to me!!

ps. who has played Pachingo? They just love those silver balls!!!
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby The Keeper » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:54 am

Shyouko, thanks for the confirmation. I'd greatly appreciate it if you could figure out which of those tunes is what station. The stations on the yamanote that have meaning for my wife and I are ueno, shinagawa, meguro, shibuya, harajuku, and ikebukuro... If any of those tunes match up with any of those stations, then that's cool. Right now, JR_02 is my ringtone, and JR_01 is my wife's, because we seem to recall those tunes sounding familiar.

Maxsleg, heh, actually, I have two pachinko balls sitting here on my keyboard. Wow, the noise in those parlors! Even the noise of the one vintage 70's pachinko machine I have at home can be a bit much, let alone over a hundred of them with loud music playing in the background...

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