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Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by chainbolt, May 29, 2012.

  1. idiot_child

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    My sister has lived in HK for over 2 decades. She dislikes Tokyo because in her mind, she gets enough of that at home. I came back raving about Shimokitazawa (where we chose to stay), show pics of the mountain we went up, the fall leaves along the river etc and she was amazed. Such a shame she never bothered to venture further than Shibuya, Ginza etc.
     
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    This hold true for so many foreigners living in greater Tokyo. But it's just 50 km driving and you are in deep forests and at 2,000 meter high mountains. Tokyo's highest mountain is more than 2,000 meter high.
     
  3. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    dunno if i could ever live in Japan be a foreigner but still asian.
     
  4. Boneman

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    Sounds like Saitama is the place for you.
     
  5. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    why there of all places?
     
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    You'll know when you get there. ;)
     
  7. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    not as frantic as tokyo?
     
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    Koreans and Chinese have been doing it for centuries (no attempt at assimilation) - in fact they are highly organised now and drive a lot of the Black Mercedes.........
     
  9. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    what's makes my case interesting is i can't speak much cantonese...really only english so yeah it's all fucked up LOL
     
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    why would you want in the first place? I like Japan for my reasons, but there are certainly other places in Asia, in particular SEA that have similar, or even better living conditions in particular for English speaking foreigners.
     
  11. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    japan would be more of a touristy thing for me but learning japanese would make it much more interesting.
     
  12. idiot_child

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    I found the stigma/discrimination for being "not Asian enough" has lessened on recent holidays in Asia. Maybe increased travel has accustomed people to overseas Asians (or my gaijin/guilo travel companion creates assumptions about me!). I'm taken for a native speaker much more nowadays.

    I studied Chinese and Japanese in high school, further in Japanese. An inflated confidence in my ability to read made for an interesting holiday. I did Mt Mitake as a day trip and the slow petering out of bilingual signs was a challenge but rewarding. As did picking restaurants with no English signage, with and without English menus.
     
  13. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    yeah, would be nice when my ability to speak, read, and write japanese would just click like it does for english.

    EDIT: I don't think a career change as an english teacher would help LOL
     
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    Visited today 5 temples and shrines in Tokyo. Some pictures, including the "goshuin" you can request after your visit.

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    Hey guys, looking for advice on where to stay in Niseko over the snow season, looking at going ~ 17th Jan to the ~28th Jan. Looking for a accomodation/lift pass combo, has anyone used any of the online sites before, there's quite a few. Or any other ideas?

    I went earlier in the year in Feb to Nozawa Onsen, so looking to go somewhere different.

    Thanks in advance for any help :thumbup:
     
  16. Arctic_Silver08

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    All I can say is if you find a place, book now! lol... we were looking a month or so ago and most places were booked out (80%+full)
     
  17. dwdc

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    Yeah I know, I'm trying to act pretty quick, only just found out I will be able to go! cheers


     
  18. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    man i must have written on a lot of those wood tile things that you use for wishes and stuff cos then i was out of a job and just finished up my time in canada and that was sucky!
     
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    Are you referring to the "go-shuin" I posted? That's a completely different thing.
     
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    i know, i just meant that the pics reminded me of visiting a whole heap of them in march and i was signing those wooden planks for good luck.

    i didn't mind japan as culturally confused as i am hahaha
     

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