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41. Posted:

LollipopChoSaw wrote:

As for going to Japan - do yourself a favour and don't if your only interest in the country is the anime/ manga/ videogames. That part of the tour is over in a day trip to Akihabera - and it's an expensive trip for one day. The real magic in Japan is going to places like the outskirts of Kyoto for the shrines and temples, Kita Kamakura and Enoshima for the beach culture, Ueno for the museums and Sapporo for the winter festival.

Hey thanks! Now I have a trip planned out for one of my future summers.

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Retro_on_theGo wrote:

LollipopChoSaw wrote:

As for going to Japan - do yourself a favour and don't if your only interest in the country is the anime/ manga/ videogames. That part of the tour is over in a day trip to Akihabera - and it's an expensive trip for one day. The real magic in Japan is going to places like the outskirts of Kyoto for the shrines and temples, Kita Kamakura and Enoshima for the beach culture, Ueno for the museums and Sapporo for the winter festival.

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Hey thanks! Now I have a trip planned out for one of my future summers.

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Also - try not to go to Japan in summer. It's not pleasant. I had the misfortune of spending a week in Japan last summer, and thanks to power restrictions, air conditioners were not working as much as they usually do. The result was not fun. <_<

By that I mean it's painfully humid and hot. The best times in Japan are in Autumn or Spring, or winter in the far north (winter festival).

Unless you come from a tropical/ humid area of the world, in which case give winter and autumn a miss, because those can be painfully cold and humid.

Japan was... blessed... with seasonal extremes. Always humid, but the temperature varies wildly.

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If I'm fine with the heat (as in 90 degrees doesn't even bother me) would you still say it's not best to go during summer? Either way, thanks. If I ever get a chance to visit the country I guess I'll go during spring. Either way I have years to actually plan out a quality trip.

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Retro_on_theGo wrote:

If I'm fine with the heat (as in 90 degrees doesn't even bother me) would you still say it's not best to go during summer? Either way, thanks. If I ever get a chance to visit the country I guess I'll go during spring. Either way I have years to actually plan out a quality trip.

The benefit to going in Spring is the cherry blossoms. If at all possible, go then.

Going in early Spring also means you could be there for Golden Week. That's a really fun time to be in Japan.

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Just saw on the news that the lower house of the Diet passed a set of bills that would double Japan's consumption tax (the upper house is expected to pass it as well).

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Just saw on the news that the lower house of the Diet passed a set of bills that would double Japan's consumption tax (the upper house is expected to pass it as well).

Yeah, that's a huge win that's going to cost Noda his party leadership, but utterly essential to start to curb Japan's massive economic problems.

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@Waltz, have you had fugu before in Japan? If so, how was it?

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@Waltz, have you had fugu before in Japan? If so, how was it?

I have seafood allergies, so no, I have not.

My better half has and apparently it was nothing special. She survived though, so I guess that counts as Fugu-eating mission accomplished.

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Do I want to know what Fugu is?

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@Aviator Wikipedia is your friend ;)

Honestly, here in Japan is it common for a person to never in their life eat Fugu. It's really a novelty for the rich. And from what I've heard from people that I know who HAVE had it, its nothing special at all.

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51. Posted:

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Do I want to know what Fugu is?

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I guess fugu is one of those "authentically" Japanese things that, whilst is by rights an authentic dish, just doesn't exist nearly as commonly as people assume. Sort of like putting Guinness in just about everything to make it "authentically Irish" (Guinness and Steak Pie is fair play, but beyond that it's not quite so authentic), or making Indian food really hot - it's hot in India but not nearly as hot as Indian dishes served around the rest of the world :P

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53. Posted:

If I'm not mistaken, Fugu is some sort of poisonous fish. It has to be prepared very expertly, or you could die.

I could be wrong, but I swore I heard that somewhere.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugu

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56. Posted:

Yes fugu is poisonous if not prepared right, I love Japan, but I don't think I'll have fugu ever

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57. Posted:

Guess I should have just said pufferfish. :p

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58. Posted:

That's the fish used for Fugu? I always thought it looked like Quilfish...

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59. Posted:

Watching a short little documentary on Azumino and the Japan Alps. Seems like an incredibly peaceful place to be (the river tour looks like something I'd do).

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60. Posted:

LollipopChoSaw wrote:

As for going to Japan - do yourself a favour and don't if your only interest in the country is the anime/ manga/ videogames. That part of the tour is over in a day trip to Akihabera - and it's an expensive trip for one day. The real magic in Japan is going to places like the outskirts of Kyoto for the shrines and temples, Kita Kamakura and Enoshima for the beach culture, Ueno for the museums and Sapporo for the winter festival.

That's actually what I'd like to go to Japan for (in addition to going to Akihabara and buying tons of Gundam merchandise). I grew up reading about Japanese culture (the actual culture, not the anime and video game cultures. I didn't have access to that kind of stuff in the school library), so while my knowledge of Japan is fairly dated, there are still lots of stuff I'd like to see - holidays, shrines, places where historical and mythical events took place, etc, and there's so much more I'd love to learn about that I don't think I'd all get in a class room.

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