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do you know any stores in okinawa which sells anime collectibles that are maybe naruto and school rumble related?
 
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There is one over by Kadena.
 
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Questions for anyone who has been / live / lived in Japan.

Im just after some very basic japan relating to japan. Ive always been interested in japan and with only 2years left of my Apprenticeship ive saved some money and should have atleast 30k+ in 2 years time.

So i was mainly after the basics on what jobs if any you could attain if you plan on going to japan for an extended period ie. 6months or more if your Japanese is poor. As in only can only understand Japanese at a level of Anime ( understanding what thier saying but not be able to write as of yet ) .

Or possibly any experiences from anyone whos holidayed / Stayed in japan relating cost of staying and such.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thankyou.
 

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Hello everyone ..

i wonder how i travel to Japan .. ( i already talk with travel agent) i have problem ... which i choose go which city in Japan .. for me
i want to visit History of Japan, Art of Museum , and Manga!!!
i want to see around city and able to easily travel around city

i hear from my friend .( not sure he is lie about that) some cities have lot of anime/manga area... ( i am very fan of Otaku)
but i prefer to visit Japan 's best offer for me... i will planning to visit in summer 2010 ...

What is your advice ? and what is recommend of Travel in Japan?
If you already travel in Japan in past ... please tell me about that

( i already travel in past as Mexico, Spain, Italy ,and Germany..)

my next goal travel is Japan!!

which is best travel in cities ?
 
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I only recommend you to investigate with the prizes, Japan is one of the most expensive countries. A friend of my went there a couple of months ago and she used 7,000 US Dollars.

Also, I heard the trip was A LOT cheaper if you Road Trip Hawaii > Japan. So talk to your travel agent about that.

Finally, good luck! Going to Japan at least once in my life is one of my goals xD
 

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I haven't been to Japan never ever ever, though I may be able to help you because we did some kind of unit on it. Akihabara which is an area in Tokyo, is like the 'Otaku Area' because that's where the anime, manga and computer items are sold and stuff. Kyoto is like the historical city of Japan, it has lots of shrines and is quite beautiful during the night.

Hiroshima is yet another Japanese city to visit, obviously this is one of the cities where the atomic bomb was dropped, so it's quite historical for many people. In Hiroshima is also the peace park and some other historical buildings (Atomib Bomb Dome, etc). In Hiroshima is also the 'floating shrine', I forgot the name, but it's this big shrine that looks like it's floating during high tides.

Erm, I hope that helps you when it comes to cities. I'll try and ask my friend who has been in Japan for any transport. I am aware though of the bullet train. ;D As for prices, I can't do that at school, but when I get home I can take a look at prices. ^^
 

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If you know anyone over there at all, it will save you alottttt of money by that i mean u can stay wit them ._. . Anyways, you should check out nagoya they got alot of orgasmic things there. And be sure to check out the red light districts and be sure to check out their porn shops :hearts
 
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I only recommend you to investigate with the prizes, Japan is one of the most expensive countries. A friend of my went there a couple of months ago and she used 7,000 US Dollars.

Also, I heard the trip was A LOT cheaper if you Road Trip Hawaii > Japan. So talk to your travel agent about that.

Finally, good luck! Going to Japan at least once in my life is one of my goals xD
Hawaii is more love spot or family spot ... i prefer to learn new cutlure or new thing for explore ... that is why i want to go Japan ( Otaku is big part reason for that hey i work to saving for that )
i know it becuase travel agent told me but i have enough money for three week ... I expect to spend around least 5000 but She told me .. cheaper for right now ... i need set up bundle (airplane and Hotel fare) i already plan but i will make reserve for summer 2010 ... i must make reserve before Feb.2010 .. it is cheaper than last min ...

I haven't been to Japan never ever ever, though I may be able to help you because we did some kind of unit on it. Akihabara which is an area in Tokyo, is like the 'Otaku Area' because that's where the anime, manga and computer items are sold and stuff. Kyoto is like the historical city of Japan, it has lots of shrines and is quite beautiful during the night.

Hiroshima is yet another Japanese city to visit, obviously this is one of the cities where the atomic bomb was dropped, so it's quite historical for many people. In Hiroshima is also the peace park and some other historical buildings (Atomib Bomb Dome, etc). In Hiroshima is also the 'floating shrine', I forgot the name, but it's this big shrine that looks like it's floating during high tides.

Erm, I hope that helps you when it comes to cities. I'll try and ask my friend who has been in Japan for any transport. I am aware though of the bullet train. ;D As for prices, I can't do that at school, but when I get home I can take a look at prices. ^^
Akihabara ... i look for that webiste .. it is nice... I will use bullet train for that .. i will plan to visit Hiroshima ..because so many historical building .. i hope i will room hotel from Hiroshima ... becuase it is very popular vaction spot ... i need to make sure call room for me in summer ...

If you know anyone over there at all, it will save you alottttt of money by that i mean u can stay wit them ._. . Anyways, you should check out nagoya they got alot of orgasmic things there. And be sure to check out the red light districts and be sure to check out their porn shops :hearts
hehe i am not sure Red Light ... i must going to there but it is legal? i dont want caught by red hand or police .

i wish i know anybody in Japan but i have to pay hotel ..
Nagoya ... i dont know that... i will research it ..( Travel Agent laugh at me becuase i am Otaku and Seeker Red Light Districts) ..

Thank you for advice .. i will let you know it .. ( i will planning to photo in summer ..
 

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Yeah, I asked my friend, and she told me that bullet train is the main form of transport that they used (and also walking). I can go look for hotels in Japan. ^^ Also, it can get VERY hot during spring and summer, so yeah. xD
 

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No no, I mean like, in your flight, if you make one stop in Hawaii you will save a lot of money.
 

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Japan...paradise :D
I went to Japan this year on a school trip and, quite frankly, I found the place to be absolutely spectacular.

Tokyo and Akihabara especially is definitely the place you want to go if you're into gizmos, gadgets and anime stuff. My friends and I somehow found ourselves in a ten-storey anime shop. That's ten floors of otaku goodness! Only problem was that the price of everything was quite...exorbitant. Therefore, I recommend you go to a BIC CAMERA (a chain of these massive electronical department stores), for electronics and anime. However, Akihabara is still a must-go.

You also want to be sure to ride the Shinkansen (sleek, super-fast train) at least once, it's amazing.

However, Japan also has many interesting historical places that it would be a shame to miss. For example, Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital: that's a place where you can find some of the most famous temples in Japan and it's just a generally pleasant place.

Also, I was surprised (and I'm sure you will be too) at the extremely cleanliness of the streets. You honestly can't find a single scrap of rubbish anywhere. That being said, there were also no public rubbish bins, which I thought was a bit odd.
 

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Yeah, I asked my friend, and she told me that bullet train is the main form of transport that they used (and also walking). I can go look for hotels in Japan. ^^ Also, it can get VERY hot during spring and summer, so yeah. xD
finally . i got info from another travel agent ..best time for me .. Dont worry about Hotels ... I already planning to get Hotel before Spring Break...

Bullet train is only for long distances, methinks. They're pretty expensive... or at least, maybe that's just 'cause I rode it from I-don't-remember-where to Kyuushuu. JR Trains are the more normal mode of transportation.

http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/06/most-expensive-cities-lifestyle-real-estate-daily-costs.html
Tokyo is the most expensive city to live in. Good luck. 8D

Traveling/staying with friends?
no i travel myself for Japan .. My friend back out in last moment ... >.... I will might ask my brother for go it ?? i am not sure ..
My travel agent said .. i need to buy travel ticket rather than dailly ticket ..for Train (not bullet Train) i need to buy different ticket for bullet train
No no, I mean like, in your flight, if you make one stop in Hawaii you will save a lot of money.
oh i understand .. you mean route to Planes .. I know that .. I need to travel from Texas then LA then Hawaii then Japan .. you mean that ?? i really hate stop by Route but it is cheaper then .. I dont want to stop .. i want to one travel .. ( i know it is more cost for me )
Japan...paradise :D
I went to Japan this year on a school trip and, quite frankly, I found the place to be absolutely spectacular.

Tokyo and Akihabara especially is definitely the place you want to go if you're into gizmos, gadgets and anime stuff. My friends and I somehow found ourselves in a ten-storey anime shop. That's ten floors of otaku goodness! Only problem was that the price of everything was quite...exorbitant. Therefore, I recommend you go to a BIC CAMERA (a chain of these massive electronical department stores), for electronics and anime. However, Akihabara is still a must-go.

You also want to be sure to ride the Shinkansen (sleek, super-fast train) at least once, it's amazing.

However, Japan also has many interesting historical places that it would be a shame to miss. For example, Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital: that's a place where you can find some of the most famous temples in Japan and it's just a generally pleasant place.

Also, I was surprised (and I'm sure you will be too) at the extremely cleanliness of the streets. You honestly can't find a single scrap of rubbish anywhere. That being said, there were also no public rubbish bins, which I thought was a bit odd.
i will planning to visit but main two reasons are Historical and Otaku ...
My family call me crazy about stuff ( my family like it anyway)
my brother is fan of Otaku but not similar to me.... hehe

My friend told me .. he went to Japan in last several month ago ... He is piss off because he can't afford some palce ...but he is happy to visit Historical ....

I hope it will enjoy trip for me ( maybe my brother) ...
 

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If there was any one place outside the United States I would want to go, it'd be Japan. I find their culture to be unique and amazing (both historic and modern).
 

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I went to Akihabara last summer. It was amazing.
I was also really lucky because I was actually on a transit stop using JAL international flight. So the airline covered my lodging for a night in a 5-star Nikko Hotel.

I spent a couple hours wandering around in Akihabara alone with only a map. I was lost, went into a soba and udon shop, and could only said "Watashiwa doko desu?" ^__^ The oba-san took out a pen and helped marked the place where I was. I had the most pleasing meal in Japan (udon, rice, chicken, egg) and headed back to the train station after a while.

Wonderful wonderful experience in Akihabara. There are tonnes of electronics around for all you geeks.
 

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I was in Japan for 10 days in 2008. We stayed at a college in Nishiyomia (between Kobe and Osaka). I had a lot of time to visit Osaka and went to the Osaka Museum and Osaka Castle, as well as visiting Dotonbori (a famous shopping district in Osaka). I also went to Kyoto (another excellent destination if you want to see a lot of really old culture and shrines). Check out Nijo Castle and gardens, The Golden Pavilion and probably thousands of other shines, there's also Geisha Town and some great shopping and eating.

In Hiroshima and Miyajima Island (part of Hiroshima I believe) I would tell anyone interested in history to go and see the Peace Memorial Gardens and museum, the Atomic Bomb Dome etc. Miyajima is where the famous Torii is in the water. We also went to Himaji and visited the castle and gardens there, but didn't see much of the town except on the strip from the bullet train station to the castle.

I also took a bus to Tokushima Island to vistit Naruto City and see the Onaruto Bridge and the whirlpools there.

Pretty much anywhere in Japan is going to be awesome, but it is quite costly. We never got to go to Tokyo because of time constraints, plus the bullet train ride to Tokyo from Kobe would have cost $300 US dollars.

That said, I would probably tell you that if you want to go one place and stay there, then go to Tokyo and spend your time exploring the city. Traveling around is difficult without a guide or someone to let you know what to do and where to go in advance. The Japanese are very friendly and helpful to travelers, but the language barrier makes being lost very difficult, and maps? HA! All I can say about that is, "directions" do not work the same there as they do in America and finding a place by an address is um...I never could do it, and neither could my Japanese host on at least one occasion.

well, I guess I'm not very useful, but those are some suggestions of places you could visit at least. I hope your trip is a fun one!
 

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i recomend kyoto for giesha and there is a small town nearby ( i forget the name, gomen) which is like samurai town. the entire place looks like something from the warring periods, complete with guys walking around as samurai. i think there's a ninja theme park, too >_>;

if you wanna go to tokyo, everyone knows akibahara is geek central; the train stop labeled tokyo has got the imperial palace, among other sights. Roppongi has a lot of clubs and nightlife, massage parlors (some happy ending, some not, pay attention to prices. if it is really high, its happy ending.), and its the closest exit to Tokyo tower, tho its still a bit of a walk. shinjuku and shibuya are also kinda famous, for the bussiest foot traffic in a road in the world, and the skyscrapper district.

not to far down the lines from tokyo is yokohama, a city with lots of malls, and the "sky garden", the veiwing deck on the tallest building in japan. on a clear day, you get a great view of mount fuji. it is beileved that if you dont climb mount fuji while you are here, you will come back. a bit further is kamakura, with lots of famous temples and shrines, including the giant buddha, and after kamakura is yokosuka, where i am :) not much here compared to all the cities, but there is a lot more american stuff, and the two things near every base: bars and... okay, there are no strip clubs (that i know of) but lots of happy ending message parlors. oh, and shore patrol might think you are a sailor (if you're american, or american looking), and try to stop you from drinking after 11.

the subways are very easy to navigate, and if you have trouble, most people speak some kind of english. if you can pronounce where you are going, they will help. hell, if you so much as look confused, they might try and help, with or without you asking. there are also guys threwout the train stations at desks that can help you (they usaully even have little pocket maps of the train systems you can use). there are two major train companies ( i dont know thier names, its like jp and kiekyu, or something like that. theres almost always a store near the train stations, when you first get to the station, you would wanna go to the store, and ask the cashier for a "suica (su-ee-ka) card". there is another card for the otehr company, i dont know what its called, but they are interchangable. both railways accept the other's card. it will cost a little more than 2000 yen (like $20 give or take), and you can use it to get into/out of train stations. i recommend putting another 2000 or so yen on the card at the things that look like atms near the train station entrance. depending on which station it is, there will either be a red button to ask for help, or a little thing on the bottom left you can push aside, with a push-for-help button under it. if it is this kind, i warn you now, a guys head WILL pop out of the wall right next to you. dont push it just to see it. theres also a push for english button, but i couldnt tell you where it is offhand. i beleive its on the upper left side. when you get to the the turnstiles, there is a a little square display with a picture of a suica card on it, you tap the card on this, and it will read the card and let you in. you exit the next station the same way. two last things, around seven-ish is rush hour on the trains. you will be packed in like a sardine, with guys wearing white gloves pushing everyone in. i'd avoid it, especially if you are a woman, and most definiatly if you are a blonde woman. the other thing is be aware of your surroundings. most japanese are extreamly polite, and try to act as the best hosts as they can (even if they must go way out of their way to help you, i've heard of them even going to a train station with you to make sure you get on the right connection) but there are always bad apples. im sure everyone knows of the groppers on the train; there are also hi-tech theives that can steal money off your suica card by waving a reader near your wallet (this nearly happened to me in shibuya)
 
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It's true, many people do speak English well enough to communicate and help, and most will go to extreme lengths if they feel you need it. Also, the service industry has been perfected for ease of use without much communication needed.

And I have to add that I laughed really hard about the head popping out in the previous post...that didn't happen to me, but it isn't something that I would never expect. :XD Always beware of pushing buttons. You may set off an alarm. Or a head may pop out... :)
 

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it happened to my gf at the time. i heard about it before then, so i knew it was coming and she didnt. i wish you couldve seen her face. i litterly was on the ground rolling
 

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I previously lived in Tokyo for years.. It was great..
I was lost in Ginza once and walked up to a lady and gave her my phone..
and my friend told her where I was trying to go, the lady walked me the whole way there... Another time I left my laptop in a cab... he brought it back later on...

I was amazed, then I tried to get on a train at Shinjuku station at 9 AM....
OUCH!
 
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