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Japan: currency, limousine bus, bank atm
limousine bus, bank atm, atm machines: Unless you have a private banking relationship with your bank, it is better to wait until you arrive in Japan to change money. There are ATM machines in the airport plus a bank. ATM machines are weird in Japan, Sometimes they work and sometimes they...

Japan: cycling across Shikoku, okayama prefecture, ferry co
okayama prefecture, ferry co, takamatsu: Arthur I assume you are on the raod, so first off you can reach me more easily at pglutes@gmail.com (I check this on daily). Let me start right off by pleading ignorance of the time frame involved as I am not a cyclist. I was however, a rider and have...

Japan: Dating, japanese speaker, japanese ladies
japanese speaker, japanese ladies, language issue: Hi James, Well, a lot depends on who you are aiming for. If a person s primary interest in meeting others (like you) is to improve their English, or conversely if you only want to meet someone to improve your Japanese, then most likely in the end one or...

Japan: Dining protocol for professional woman, professional woman, tricky question
professional woman, tricky question, japanese style: Hmm, this is a tricky question. By require her to sit low in a position... , it sounds like you mean at a Japanese-style meal, where you sit cross-legged at a table, or some such? If that s the case, I think the best idea would be to contact the people...

Japan: Direction to Kabukicho (���輿�) from airport, shinjuku tokyo, express train
shinjuku tokyo, express train, east exit: Hi, Kabukicho is just northeast of Shinjuku Station, and a few minutes walk away. Just exit Shinjuku Station s central east exit, and you will see a large street called Yasukuni Dori. Cross over it and head away from the station, going parallel to the...

Japan: Drinking in Japan, drinking age in japan, legal drinking age
drinking age in japan, legal drinking age, planning a trip to japan: Hi, What drinking laws? is the real question. You can go into any establishment, and nobody will card you. There are also vending machines and you can go into any convenience store that sells booze and not be hassled. As for being Australian, if anything...

Japan: How to get date???, japanese girls, kind person
japanese girls, kind person, cold shoulder: Fu Sen, In a general sense, I think the statement you mentioned is pretty accurate to me. In general, Japanese do seem to treat westerners better than other Asians. Of course, it s just a generalization - every individual is different! As far as getting...

Japan: defense in japan, school question, milatary
school question, milatary, japan: Colette, I m sorry, we re not allowed to answer questions related to school activities, and without a little more information this sounds an awful lot like a school question... If this isn t school-related, can you give me a little more background about...

Japan: diminutive forms, diminutives, informal settings
diminutives, informal settings, academic book: Hmm, well, you have a few options: -chan and -kun are two diminutives that are commonly used for people. -chan is used with girls, and -kun with boys. So, for example, a boy named Akihiro would frequently be called Akihiro-kun by his parents or other elders....

Japan: Enquiry on finding cheap/safe accomodation in Kyoto, kyoto subway, japan rail pass
kyoto subway, japan rail pass, nara city: Hello Louise, There are a number of cheaper places to try. You might look at some of these: http://www.e-hoteljapan.com http://www.japanhotel.net http://www.yadokari.co.jp/home_E.htm http://www.eryokan.co.jp http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english.htm http://members.aol.com/jinngroup/...

Japan: ESL in Japan for an experienced language major?, intensive language study, mainstream companies
intensive language study, mainstream companies, jet program: So my question is, should I apply to a major corporation like NOVA or JET to start off with, or should I aim for a more lofty goal? LOFTY LOFT LOFTY!!! without a doubt!! NOVA and other major corps are the worst place to work!! I would try to get...

Japan: ESL, japanese language skills, elementary school teacher
japanese language skills, elementary school teacher, finding a good job: Hi Lauree; - We have heard that you can get a better job if you don t look for it on the Internet but instead go to Japan and look for a job in the paper etc. Is that the case? If not, what is a better way to go about finding a good job? If so, when...

Japan: Estimated food cost., city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, japan rail pass: Hi Alex, I would budget about 1,500 yen per day for food -- and by that I mean getting something cheap at supermarkets and covenience stores like 7-11, or at most going to cheap ramen or udon restaurants. Of course you say you are going backpacking, and...

Japan: Expensive? Do-able? 50 year old?, mid life crisis, magna cum laude
mid life crisis, magna cum laude, hospital pharmacist: Hi Michael I have always thought of teaching/living there, but the stories of the high costs have frightened me truthfully. Stories are always stories- in that they are highly exaggerated and the PRIME horror stories are always rehashed. Is Japan...

Japan: electricitric voltage in japan, electrical converters, electrical appliances
electrical converters, electrical appliances, electrical shops: The short answer is unfortunately no. Japan runs on 100v at 50 or 60 Hz depending where you are in the country. You will need some electrical converters to use anything that runs at 220v in Japan. You can find them at major electrical shops in Japan, especially...

Japan: Fatal Illness & Social Custom, fatal illness, diagnosis
fatal illness, diagnosis, quarters: Hi Mark, Ir depends on the doctor and the hospital of course, but in Japan there was that trend and it may linger in some quarters. It is not to deny treatment, but the real issue is a doctor intentionally not telling a patient when he or she is in fact...

Japan: Figures from the '50s, hakata dolls, hakata doll
hakata dolls, hakata doll, search engine hits: Les, Thanks a million for the question. They are known as Hakata Dolls, and have been around since the 17th century. Originally made as gifts for high-ranking officials, the art form has become more modern, and they are quite popular. It s probably...

Japan: Finding GAP year work in Japan, taking a gap year, teaching english in japan
taking a gap year, teaching english in japan, japan education: Hi Maria, Unfortunately you need to have at least a Bachelor s degree to work full time legally in Japan. You could also work up to 20 hours a week if you are a student there. But as a tourist it is all illegal, and while you oculd try it under the table,...

Japan: First Time Japan Adventure Help, japan adventure, time japan
japan adventure, time japan, western languages: Hi, Well I can only speak for myself here; everyone else who went to Japan and enjoyed it has their own reason of course. As for me I studied and excelled in western languages and literature in school; but I always felt like I was missing something,...

Japan: First time Japan, tokyo trains, hotel desks
tokyo trains, hotel desks, giant buddha: Hi, For hotels in Tokyo, there are simply too many to mention. All are close to some train or subway station. You might do a search on Tokyo at at site like http://www.bookings.co.jp/ or http://www.mytrip.net/en/ I don t know about the hotel booking...

Japan: First time to Japan, national tourist organization, visa master card
national tourist organization, visa master card, japan national tourist organization: Hi, I wouldn t worry about disrobing at a bath -- if there are any others there, they will almost all be old men :-) For what to see in Japan, an excellent guide is the Japan National Tourist Organization at http://www.jnto.go.jp It can give you...

Japan: First time travelling to Japan, fuji lakes, google search
fuji lakes, google search, mt fuji: Hi, Well, at that time of year you could take a bus up to the 5th station, but climbing season is only in the summer months and it will be quite cold then. But what you can do if you want to see the area is stop at Hakone, which is a popular place, or...

Japan: Fishing Village in Japan, chiba prefecture, tateyama japan
chiba prefecture, tateyama japan, fish school: William, why don t you just e-mail me at steve@battisti.us? It s kinda silly to keep doing this through AllExperts. We re making progress, though. If your memory is correct, and you were across the bay from Tokyo, it pretty much HAS to be Chiba. Unfortunately,...

Japan: Flights, british ariways, ticket money
british ariways, ticket money, top notch: Hi Dolly I am looking for a flight from Kansai to Uk in the summer. Could you recommend a travel agent (English speaking or Japanese only) who will be able to get me a top-notch ticket...money no object. By top notch ticket, do you mean full fare economy...

Japan: FOOD, japanese ryokan, ryokan sawanoya
japanese ryokan, ryokan sawanoya, ueno station: Dear Nicole, Thank you for your question. OK, you ll head for Tokyo tomorrow. And you ll bring your bicycles with you? Recently it rained sometimes, but generally clear up and very confortable. So, I think you come in the very good season, although...

Japan: Foreign Exchange Programs., foreign exchange programs, yfu usa
foreign exchange programs, yfu usa, rotary club: Hello! Check into either Youth For Understanding or Rotary Club. YFU has quite a few scholarships (especially to Japan!) and is overall a company I trust. I don t know much about Rotary, but I ve heard they give you spending money. They do rotate you among...

Japan: Foreign Exchange, yfu alumni, yfu usa
yfu alumni, yfu usa, referral page: Hello! I m not super familiar with normal scholarships (I recieved a Panasonic scholarship for children of employees), but I might be able to help you a little. You have a good GPA. I think that won t be a problem at all. Most people who go to Japan (and...

Japan: American Chefs in Tokyo, visa
Japan: American Chefs in Tokyo, visa

Japan: Cost of travel in Japan, japan rail pass, japan travel
Japan: Cost of travel in Japan, japan rail pass, japan travel, itinerary

Japan: Currency Exchange in Tokyo, world currency, tokyo
Japan: Currency Exchange in Tokyo, world currency, tokyo, peace

Japan: Drinking in Japan, bac, alcohol
Japan: Drinking in Japan, bac, alcohol

Japan: diminutive forms
Japan: diminutive forms

Japan: Fishing Village in Japan, chiba peninsula, wwii veteran
Japan: Fishing Village in Japan, chiba peninsula, wwii veteran, south tip

Japan: Foreign Exchange Programs., semester student, current exchange
Japan: Foreign Exchange Programs., semester student, current exchange, exchange student

Japan: About fighting skill, ninja schools, tht
Japan: About fighting skill, ninja schools, tht, thr

Japan: Gifts for Japanese host/guides, peach flavor, herbal teas
Japan: Gifts for Japanese host/guides, peach flavor, herbal teas, herbal extract

Japan: "Hanzo", hanzo, raging river
Japan: "Hanzo", hanzo, raging river, hattori

Japan: Informations about japan cars, mini coopers, bad reputation
Japan: Informations about japan cars, mini coopers, bad reputation, car cars

Japan: Iwo Jima, military historical tours, alexandria virginia
Japan: Iwo Jima, military historical tours, alexandria virginia, pacific war

Japan: Japan Road Maps, detailed maps, convenience store
Japan: Japan Road Maps, detailed maps, convenience store, main roads

Japan: Japanese Language, watashi wa, boku
Japan: Japanese Language, watashi wa, boku

Japan: Japanese superstitions and castes, lucky person, games
Japan: Japanese superstitions and castes, lucky person, games

Japan: Kobe Beef, beef sausage, quality beef
Japan: Kobe Beef, beef sausage, quality beef, exact name

Japan: would like to go to Kyushu, Japan, volunteer opportunities, japan
Japan: would like to go to Kyushu, Japan, volunteer opportunities, japan

Japan: Language and Western influence, momo, strawberry
Japan: Language and Western influence, momo, strawberry, peach

Japan: Lost in Translation, stepping stones, ponds
Japan: Lost in Translation, stepping stones, ponds, kyoto

Japan: looking for my father, toshima, phillipines
Japan: looking for my father, toshima, phillipines, girlfriend

Japan: what do these names mean?, haohmaru, ukyo
Japan: what do these names mean?, haohmaru, ukyo, shiro

Japan: Price of Alcohol in Japan, australian dollars, vodka
Japan: Price of Alcohol in Japan, australian dollars, vodka, alcohol

Japan: pottery in japan, pottery towns, pottery shops
Japan: pottery in japan, pottery towns, pottery shops, ueno

Japan: Rural Japan, willing workers on organic farms, workers on organic farms
Japan: Rural Japan, willing workers on organic farms, workers on organic farms, wwoof

Japan: sakura trees (aka cherryblossems), foot plant, yoshino
Japan: sakura trees (aka cherryblossems), foot plant, yoshino, nurseries

Japan: slurping, nasty habit, table manners
Japan: slurping, nasty habit, table manners, lunch break

Japan: Tosashimizu and the JSDF, lobster tail, little rice
Japan: Tosashimizu and the JSDF, lobster tail, little rice, radio beacon

Japan: Trying to Plan a trip to Japan, retinal scans, permanent residents
Japan: Trying to Plan a trip to Japan, retinal scans, permanent residents, foreigner

Japan: time difference, japan
Japan: time difference, japan

Japan: VISA, valid passport, nationality
Japan: VISA, valid passport, nationality, cheers

Japan: Visiting Japan in January--where to start?
Japan: Visiting Japan in January--where to start?

Japan: withdrawing money at ATMS
Japan: withdrawing money at ATMS

Japan: family travel in Japan, japanese style inn, travel in japan
japanese style inn, travel in japan, night basis: Dear Ron, I received your question. As you said in the question, Japanese hotels tend to limit the number of people to stay in to be three maximum. I think that this is mainly because their rooms are not large. However, there are hotels that have rooms...

Japan: family travel, japanese immersion, immersion school
japanese immersion, immersion school, viable idea: Hi, Technically it is possible, but the real question is how fluent your children s Japanese is. There have been a few cases where there were some Brazilian-Japanese kids who were given supplemental help by the government to catch up since their language...

Japan: a few extra days in or near Tokyo, traditional japanese inns, tsukiji fish market
traditional japanese inns, tsukiji fish market, kimi ryokan: Hi Dori, I don t know where you will go before your extra days, but there is quite a lot to see in Tokyo. But there is also a lot that is nearby and you really should not miss if you want to see more than the concrete jungle. As for Tokyo, go see Sensoji...

Japan: About fighting skill, japanese ninja, ninja school
japanese ninja, ninja school, real ninja: There is no suchg thing as a real ninja. The Nija schools operating in Japan (about 2-3) are fake and are not even good martial arts schools. Don t waste your time (btw, nijas by definition are a secret society (which did exist) so they certainly would not...

Japan: finding a missing person in another country, private investigation firms, private investigation firm
private investigation firms, private investigation firm, steve battisti: Lorie, I m very sorry to hear about this. :( Unfortunately, I don t have any magic answers. I suspect, in a case like this, your best option would be to get in touch with a private investigation firm. Of course, this would cost money, and you d want to...

Japan: fish, red snapper, kinds of fish
red snapper, kinds of fish, hollywood florida: Dear Dominique, Thank you for your question. I m sorry I m not quite sure what is the fish is, because there are so many kinds of fish and I didn t see the TV show. Fish that is very popular and expensive in Japan might be Maguro (tuna) or Tai (red snapper)....

Japan: Game shows, game show, entire show
game show, entire show, movie file: Dear TimTam, Thank you very much for your question. A short clip you mentioned means a short movie file? Can I see it anywhere on the web? If so, please send the URL to me by asking a question to me, I would see it and can explain the detail to you. Which...

Japan: Gap year, budget travellers, gap year
budget travellers, gap year, jr train: Hi Ben, Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world. But that does not mean you have to pay in blood for everything. There are bargains and cheaper places if you know where to look. Compared to Europe, especially with places like Norway and...

Japan: Geishas, geisha girls, english japan
geisha girls, english japan, maiko: Hi Deborah, There are lots of resources online that will tell you just about everything you could think of. Try these: http://www.sofieloafy.net/geishamain.htm http://www.japancorner.com/geisha.asp http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig/ http://www.geocities.com/yihyongbuayee/geisha.html...

Japan: General information, pocket dictionary, southern japan
pocket dictionary, southern japan, food packages: Hello! While I admit I know nothing about housing or university in Japan, I think I can help with your second question. In the smaller towns you might have a bit of a problem, but in larger cities (where many universities are, of course) most of the...

Japan: Gifts for Japanese host/guides, pens pencils, english tutor
pens pencils, english tutor, travelling to japan: Hi Judy, Generally you want to bring something that represents where you are from. Maybe bring a small gift for each member of the family, and one gift for the family as a whole. Nothing extremely expensive is necessary. They will also return the favor...

Japan: Glasses in Japan, maruchi, plastic lenses
maruchi, plastic lenses, lens coating: Ah, the joys of katakana kotoba. Well, I m no expert on glasses, but my guess is maruchi in this case is multi and not march, so we get hard multi. This is is probably referring to hard multi anti reflective lens coating (HMAR). According to...

Japan: Golden Week, sightseeing spots, travelling in japan
sightseeing spots, travelling in japan, travelling to japan: Ugh. You re asking for trouble. :) There s no question, travelling in Japan during Golden Week can be very frustrating. Expect things to be very crowded if you travel anywhere. If you re just hanging out with a friend for the two weeks, it won t be too bad....

Japan: Good places fot shopping in Yokohama., california pizza kitchen, yokohama area
california pizza kitchen, yokohama area, japan prefectures: Hi, Some of the best buys you can get are from others who are leaving Japan or the area you re in and they want to unload their stuff. I don t know about Yokohama s area really but since it is a major city there must be some area where foreigners can meet...

Japan: BACK GROUND INFO, small bussiness, japan law
small bussiness, japan law, medium sized businesses: Dear peter hinkley, I received your question. If my understanding is correct, you re running your bar or restaurant in Nagoya, and will close it because it doesn t go well. I m sorry that I m not an expert of law or government supports, but I think that...

Japan: Grieving, expressing emotions, fawcet
expressing emotions, fawcet, japanese men: Hi Lauren, Well, Japanese or no, most human beings react in the same way. Certainly, Japanese men do grieve, cry, weep, any of that. But, I think of it as a very rusty fawcet. Because there s so much cultural pressure against that sort of thing, it takes...

Japan: Guests dress etiquette for a wedding, japanese weddings, dress etiquette
japanese weddings, dress etiquette, white linen: Hello Gail, I think wearing a white sleeveless dress is fine -- these days the color white is really OK, just as long as it is not too ostentatious -- wearing it with another color might also be a good idea, since the bride will only be in white (and may...

Japan: general questions in preparation for teen traveler, health care insurance, visa credit card
health care insurance, visa credit card, commercial airline: Good God! That s a lot of questions. :) I ll see what I can do. Q. Relative recommends that we book flights between Hanada to Chitose Airport once he leaves US. do you recommend that I use on line travel agency websites (expedia/orbitz/cheapseats, for example)...

Japan: gifts for family, ropponmatsu, nickle and dime
ropponmatsu, nickle and dime, japanese money: Hi Mike, I am glad you asked me this. Your question on credit cards has come up before and even some of the experts on this forum give out the wrong answer. While Japan is still very much a cash based society, the reply that credit cards and T/Cs are...

Japan: what are those guys asking?, steve battisti, young guys
steve battisti, young guys, nihon: Well, this is a little too vague to know for sure. It sounds like perhaps you are female. Ikebukuro isn t really a place known for any particular night-life. If you are a woman, it could be someone was trying to pick you up. On the other hand, he might have...

Japan: "Hanzo" revisited, tokugawa shogunate, hanzo
tokugawa shogunate, hanzo, better reason: Interestingly, there was a historical figure with that name, a ninja from the Tokugawa shogunate: http://www.samurai-archives.com/hanzo.html The name itself breaks down as follows: Hattori is the family name, and is a name with a long history in...

Japan: Hiroshima, fushimi inari, cool web site
fushimi inari, cool web site, sightseeing spots: OK, back again. There s definitely a river near Kyoto that you can take a cool raft trip on. It s called the Hozugawa Kudari and it s down the Hozu River near Kyoto. It s a little pricey, but a cool group experience. Kyoto is so full of good sightseeing...

Japan: Hiroshima, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, kansai area: Hi, Hiroshima, compared with other areas of Japan, has some nice spots, but I would not say it is a must see. It depends on how much time you have of course. As for Osaka, there is not much there either, and if you are in the Kansai area it is better to...

Japan: History of Japanese Flag, amateur scientist, japanese flag
amateur scientist, japanese flag, crop circles: Dear Muhammad Asim Bhatti, Thank you very much for your question. As for the flag you mentioned, it was Japanese flag during the WW2, I believe. It reminds us of right-wing nationalism or wartime, so I don t like it. As for the textile and apparel...

Japan: History, history sites, kato
history sites, kato, castles: Dear Carol, Thank you very much for your question. However, I have no idea what would be the three major history sites in Japan. I know the 3 best landscapes, 3 best somethings, but I don t know 3 major historical sites. If you would like me to pick up...

Japan: Hosting a Japanese Client, doing business in japan, japanese client
doing business in japan, japanese client, business in japan: Devon, That s a very interesting question! On the whole, I d say you re pretty much on the right track. Like with many countries, I d say that expressing an honest interest in Japan or things Japanese will go a long way towards cementing a good relationship....

Japan: Hotels in or near Ohito, Japan?, japan national tourist, visiting japan
japan national tourist, visiting japan, decent place: DearJosh: I don t know anything about this place. If you have a friend there, that would be the best place to get a suggestion about where to stay. A couple things I can tell you about Japan is that every place is clean, and what you pay will determine...

Japan: Hotels, Ryokans, transportation to/in Nagano, japanese travel agency, night in tokyo
japanese travel agency, night in tokyo, bullet trains: I m trully sorry that I cannot be of much help. I have never been to Nagano. From Narita, you can either fly to Nagano or take the NEX train to Tokyo Station and then the Shinkansen to Nagano. Long distance train trips on the bullet trains can be very...

Japan: Hotels: Tokyo, Kyoto, moderate restaurants, dunkin donuts
moderate restaurants, dunkin donuts, asiatravel: I am not sure how much help I can be for you and your family. Firstly, I don t know what moderate means to you. Let me begin by telling you a little about Tokyo. If you know Los Angeles, it is about the size of 5 LA s (including Orange County). There...

Japan: Housing, working visas, gaijin houses
working visas, gaijin houses, www mofa go jp: In Tokyo and Osaka, there are a lot of gaijin houses, places where foreigners stay that are like dorms. 1000 per night and up. When you arrive, check in the free newspapers and you will find the listings. FOr Visas http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/...

Japan: help for missing person!, japanese guy, husband don
japanese guy, husband don, embassy consulate: Hi Cherrie, I m afraid I don t know the answer to your question. It probably depends on your friend s nationality. If I understand you correctly, she is in the Phillippines now with her daughter, and her husband is in Japan? I would say that the first...

Japan: Can you help with research on the irezumi?, dear annie, ukiyo e
dear annie, ukiyo e, traditional tattoo: Dear Annie Pratte, Thank you very much for your question. I would like to let you know the words I searched, but they are Japanese words and they would not be read thru this web site onto your screen, so I would like to just let you know the URL of the...

Japan: help with translation, reaching the sky, arunda
reaching the sky, arunda, mack the knife: Dear haniem, Thank you for your question. I am sorry that I am not a Arashi fan, so I am not sure what the title of your song is. If you kindly let me know about the title of the song you translated, I could compare the Japanese words to your translation....

Japan: Can you help me?, complicated question, local college
complicated question, local college, sorry for the delay: Eryne, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Well, this is a pretty complicated question. I suppose there are a few questions that would help me better answer your question: 1. Is going to Japan an option? 2. Is taking a course at a local...

Japan: hi..is it possible to find my lost friend from english language in boston.., private investigation firms, networking web sites
private investigation firms, networking web sites, phone number search: Hi there, Well, I m afraid I probably can t be of much help to you. Generally, we aren t allowed to help in person search situations, because of course we have no way of knowing why you really want to get in touch with this person. Even so, I think...

Japan: hostess bars, hostess bar, hostess bars
hostess bar, hostess bars, lively conversation: A hostess bar is a bar (or in Japanese, snakku ) with many ladies there who are paid to massage the egos of the guests who go there (99% being men) and playfully engage in banter. So much so that some may call them cockteasers , because they always allude...

Japan: hotel in Tokyo, national tourist board, tokyo ginza
national tourist board, tokyo ginza, hotel in tokyo: Martine- Tokyo is enormous and unlike North American cities and some European ones, there are no bad neighborhoods. Every area has shops, restaurants, cafes and fast food. That said, Ginza is one of the more expensive areas with designer shops, and expensive...

Japan: INFO ABOUT VISA, mexican passport, www mofa go jp
mexican passport, www mofa go jp, japanese consulate: Gregorio, I m sorry for the delay in answering your question. I believe that Mexicans can enter Japan for up to 6 months without a visa. See this site for more information: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/02.html#a As always with visas, it...

Japan: Informations about japan cars, japan cars, car expert
japan cars, car expert, volkswagons: Hello! While I m not really a car expert, I think I might be able to help you a little. The steering wheel is indeed on the right side. I wouldn t say the cars are smaller, but I did notice that there weren t a lot of large SUV s. They did have a few...

Japan: Internal Travel in Japan, japan rail pass, private railroads
japan rail pass, private railroads, tokyo subway: Mr. Knowles: I am not going to be of much help. I have never been to Okinawa. While the ferries to Korea can be less than wonderful, I can t imagine that an internal boat trip would be all that bad. Frankly, I don t like boats so I would probably elect...

Japan: Internal travel, private railroads, osaka area
private railroads, osaka area, jr trains: Sir: I really don t know what to tell you. Local trains and commuter runs are not all that expensive in Ja[an, but because of charges and surcharges, the Shinkansen or Bullet trains are very pricey. The RT Tokyo-Osaka fare is about the same price as the...

Japan: Internal travel, limousine bus, mineral baths
limousine bus, mineral baths, japan tours: Cassie. I m sorry that I won t be of much help. but I suggest that you stay in Tokyo for three days to rest up from the flight and see the city. When you arrive at Narita, take the Limousine Bus into town rather than activating the JR Pass. This way you...

Japan: Itami Airport, itami airport, japanese airlines
itami airport, japanese airlines, domestic terminal: I must admit, I ve never been to Itami. However, that being said, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan, and has quite a large international contingent. In all likelihood, signs in Itami are in both Japanese and English. Non-Japanese airlines, if any route...

Japan: Iwo Jima, google search, personal suggestion
google search, personal suggestion, wwii photo: Sir: I have done web searches and haven t come up with much. I remember that the US Military controlled Iwo Jima and only gave it back to Japan in the 80 s 0r 90 s. I searched yahoo.com travel and found an agency offering tours of Pacific Battlefields...

Japan: Any ideas about genkou youshi for homework?, japanese homework, youshi
japanese homework, youshi, japanese american community: Hi Karen, Thanks for the question! I haven t been able to talk to as many people as I d like about this, but from what I can tell, genkou youshi is really most commonly used for essays and such. I think in the modern day, questions like the one you described...

Japan: im a filipino... i know it..., japan alps, japanese visa
japan alps, japanese visa, itenerary: Hi josh the info you need is here: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/consular/tourism_0902.html What you refered to as daily schedule is: (5) ITENERARY FOR TRAVEL INCLUDING INFORMATION AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF ENTRY AND DEPARTURE, NAME OF HOTELS,...

Japan: Why, when introducing themselves,..., politeness, business cards
politeness, business cards, verbs: Hi Alexis, There are several reasons why, but the biggest is that Japan is a vertically structured society, and the business cards quickly show the other person who is superior to who so that the relationship can proceed, with one showing more or less...

Japan: J Universities offering correspondence courses, correspondence courses, correspondence course
correspondence courses, correspondence course, japanese university: Hi Dermot, Ah, the good old days of hanging out with ALTs. (^_-) Brings back good memories. Anyway, regarding correspondence courses, you could look into some of these: http://www.uce.or.jp/ http://www.u-can.co.jp/open/educate/index.html http://www.tsushinkyoiku.or.jp/...

Japan: JAPAN, japan chamber of commerce, esl japan
japan chamber of commerce, esl japan, google search: Hi Mimi I think you would be best served by doing a google search for ESl Japan, cost of living Japan, etc. For starting a company you google Japan chamber of commerce. You will find all the info you need there. If you have a specific question,...

Japan: Japan in 14 days, kansai area, mt fuji
kansai area, mt fuji, japanese money: Hi, To go across the country you ll need the JR Rail Pass and you can get one for 1 or 2 weeks to fit your plans. You can see more info on it at www.japanrailpass.net I would say it is well worth it to go to the Kansai area for a couple of nights....

Japan: Japan in May, fuji hakone, sanja matsuri
fuji hakone, sanja matsuri, shirakawago: Hello Pheng, If you want to see the cherry blossoms in May, then going north is your only real choice, since the blooms start in the warmer south and and then move upwards as spring comes in. You can probably find more info on this year s predictions through...

Japan: Japan in May, shirakawago, mt fuji
shirakawago, mt fuji, tour trip: Hi, I think either way to Takayama has the same scenery, but being on a train has a little more freedom to move around, as well as get a snapshot if you so choose. I would also choose rail to go to Hakone. If the weather cooperates, there is a chance...

Japan: Japan., kidsweb japan, arigatou gozaimasu
kidsweb japan, arigatou gozaimasu, japan schools: Actually, there s probably a number of them, since Kuma is a pretty commonly used name/word. Do you have any idea where in Japan this junior high might be located? Incidentally, what age person are you referring to? Chances are the school is referred...

Japan: Japan, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, hot spring resort: Hi, Well if you want to see the country, both south and north of Osaka, I would get a JR Rail Pass before you go. It can save a lot of money. You can get more info on it at http://www.japanrailpass.net Definitely take your time and see a lot in the...

Japan: Japan Airlines: smoke-free?, japanese airlines, italian airline
japanese airlines, italian airline, japan airlines: Dear Jonathan, Yes, I think that all the Japanese airlines are currently non-smoking flights. I don t know about commuting airlines or chartered flights. I heard that one of my friends (smoker) chose an Italian airline in order to smoke in the flight, so...

Japan: Japan and Dreadlocks, reggae enthusiasts, job interviews
reggae enthusiasts, job interviews, disgust: Hi, I d say it entirely depends on the context. There have been some Japanese reggae enthusiasts who have put dreadlocks on themselves...so in a nightclub or something it might be an interesting topic of conversation. However, going to job interviews in...

Japan: Japan employment, japan employment, stocks and bonds
japan employment, stocks and bonds, diversity project: Hi Katie, The most often chosen jobs in Japan? Well, teaching English would be by far the most common. This is because it only takes a Bachelor s degree to qualify for a work visa and you don t have to major in English. There are many other professions...

Japan: Japan gift ideas, exchange student program, pens pencils
exchange student program, pens pencils, logo chocolate: Hi Christian, Generally you want to bring something that represents where you are from. Maybe bring a small gift for each member of the family, and one gift for the family as a whole. Nothing extremely expensive is necessary. They will also return...

Japan: Japan living cost/ anything about Tokushima, hiragana and katakana, japanese course
hiragana and katakana, japanese course, food fare: I m not sure how much it costs for day-to-day living, but you ll probably be told what you need before you go. Life for a foreigner is certainly different! I wouldn t say it s hard, but they probably won t treat you like royalty or anything. I had no bad...

Japan: Japan living cost, yen coins, japanese money
yen coins, japanese money, vending machines: Hi, Tokushima does not have the expensive rents like in Tokyo, but compared to Venezuela you will find many things to be very high. A good website to look at is Price Check Tokyo at http://www.pricechecktokyo.com You can also see what Japanese money...

Japan: Japan and money, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, tokyo narita airport: Hi, A lot depends on where you are going and what you are planning to do. If you are going to cross the country, getting a JR Rail Pass before you go to Japan is a very good idea. Also in big cities you can get a one day subway pass which can save a lot...

Japan: Japan Road Maps, type maps, tourist books
type maps, tourist books, road maps: Hi by road map, I assume you mean for driving (as opposed to a limited area in a city for walking tours). Road map/ hiways, etc. - sorrry but they do not make them (unless the US military has them for their own purposes) . There is no demand. For...

Japan: Japan rail travel, hot spring resort, japan photo gallery
hot spring resort, japan photo gallery, visa mastercard american express: Hi, If you are traveling Tokyo-Kyoto round trip, then a JR Rail Pass is well worth it. You can go all over the Kansai area and see Kyoto, Nara, and Himeji Castle which are must-sees in the area. You can also shoot off to Osaka at night when the traditional...

Japan: Japan Tours, national tourist organization, fuji rock festival
national tourist organization, fuji rock festival, japan national tourist organization: Hi, There is no one company I can recommend for covering both Tokyo and Kyoto, but the Japan National Tourist Organization at www.jnto.go.jp probably can help you. Of course, you can do just as well to go there on your own and see what you like. But...

Japan: Japan Travel, new otani tokyo, tourist class hotel
new otani tokyo, tourist class hotel, travelling to japan: Hi, You can get location info on where you will be and how to get around on their website at http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/ There are lots of places for shopping nearby; and you can see many stores especially in Ginza, Shinjuku, Shibuya, and elsewhere....

Japan: Japan Travel, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, japan rail pass: David, With regards to your first question, a lot depends on how you want to get around. Extremely few taxi and bus drivers can speak English. If you get hopelessly lost, which is very easy in Japan, it is better to find some older school or college...

Japan: Japan Trip, shinkansen bullet train, junk mail filter
shinkansen bullet train, junk mail filter, tentative itinerary: First off, I think you are doing the right thing in taking enough time. I do not see any problems with your itinerary. It really depends on what you are planning on seeing. One thing to keep in mind is that the shinkansen (bullet train) is super fast and...

Japan: Japan Trip Recommendation, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, tokyo narita airport: Hi, From Jan 1-3 pretty much the whole country shuts down for the New Year s holidays. So you may find it hard to get around more. But if you can see a famous shrine on New Year s Eve, you will see something you really won t ever forget. At any rate...

Japan: Japan Trip, wholesale fish, e mail service
wholesale fish, e mail service, tentative itinerary: Hi Lina, First my apologies in getting back to you late -- my e-mail service is Down for maintenance and they aren t saying when they ll be back up. With regards to your trip plans, I think they look pretty good. I would not spend 5 days in Tokyo...

Japan: Japan travel/resturants etc., limousine bus, hotel in tokyo
limousine bus, hotel in tokyo, tokyo station: Dear Viv: I m afraid that I m not going to be of much help to you. FIrst of all, I don t know of a Hamilton Hotel in Tokyo. I know that there is one in Seoul that is often used by American tourists. What I do know is that in Asia, where you stay in...

Japan: Japan, traditional japanese tattoos, japanese mythology
traditional japanese tattoos, japanese mythology, chinese story: Daniel, I m sorry to say that I have been unable to find an answer for you on your Japan question. I ve asked several Japanese people as well, and they didn t understand it either. I think that the most likely answer to your question is that it is a...

Japan: Japanese Birthdays, birthdays, candles
birthdays, candles, celebration: Hi, Japanese have largely copied western celebration methods for birthdays now....get a cake with candles, cards, and celebrate together. Gift giving is very Japanese; giving a gift for a birthday creates an obligation to get a gift in return, usually...

Japan: Japanese Culture, japanese phrase, romantic lines
japanese phrase, romantic lines, japanese person: This is very strange, because within 10 minutes I received almost the identical question from a separate person. Very odd. Any chance you re having a debate with that person?? In this case, I can t think of how that precise phrase ( I want to meet you )...

Japan: Japanese Culture, culture and personality, sure what your question
culture and personality, sure what your question, balanced life: Well, I m not sure what your question is, but to be honest, I think the guy is a jerk. There is some tendency in Japan to be a little egotistical about things Japanese. I think that sometimes the Japanese can feel Japan is more unique than other cultures....

Japan: Japanese Culture, haruki murakami, hierarchy in japan
haruki murakami, hierarchy in japan, foreigners in japan: Hi Margo, Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. It s been quite a week. I must admit, though, that part of my delay is that you ve asked a rather difficult question. First off, my personal opinion is that non-Japanese get treated according...

Japan: Japanese correspondence course in U.S., japanese correspondence course, survival level
japanese correspondence course, survival level, correspondence courses: Kat, Thanks for the question. Actually, I unfortunately don t know of any good courses. But, I will do my best to see if I can dig something up. However, I m sure that whatever I can come up with won t come with my seal of approval. It s more a question...

Japan: Japanese credit/debit cards, mao tse tung, chang kai shek
mao tse tung, chang kai shek, credit debit cards: Hi Rosy Japanese (and other pictogragh languages, Chinese, Korean) are printed in romanized letters (alphabet). In Japan, they use the Hepburn System of romanizing the names. So for example, the Prime Minister s credit card would read: Junichiro Koizumi...

Japan: Japanese culture related to aging, western counterparts, japanese views
western counterparts, japanese views, hair transplants: Hi Cindy, I am not sure what you mean by trying to prevent aging. Women do wear make-up, far more than their western counterparts, and you will always find lots of ads for various hair transplants, etc. for men going bald. They also consume a lot of green...

Japan: Japanese culture, ruth benedict, h paul
ruth benedict, h paul, japanese culture: Monique, Thanks very much for your question. It s a little too broad for me to give you any sort of reasonable answer. :( On top of that, it makes me nervous because it sounds very much like it could be related to a school project of some kind, and we aren...

Japan: Japanese History Degree, liberal arts majors, liberal arts degrees
liberal arts majors, liberal arts degrees, east asian studies: Mark I just had to turn down a systems analyst position because it required a degree of fluency in Japanese that I don t have. So if you re Nihongo is really good, you can tie it in to other skills and be marketable - like an MBA. For Japanese history?...

Japan: Japanese History, tokyo metro, tokyo jp
tokyo metro, tokyo jp, hrek: Dear Mr Tim Carter , Thank you very much for your question, and I m sorry that I replied late -- I was on a holiday and I forgot to change my status to holiday before going. If the girl you mentioned is Oshichi, who was executed in 1683 for the guilty...

Japan: Japanese Language, guinea pigs, generous time
guinea pigs, generous time, onegaishimasu: Konichiwa. Stephen toomoshimasu. 13 sai desu. shumi wa tennis, honyomi, to onkagu desu. gakko de rekishi, supotsu to kotoba (gogaku) o suki desu. ie de, marutmoto 3 biki, tori 19 biki, to usagi ipikki imasu. watashitachi no ie de tanshiku shiite kudasai-...

Japan: Japanese Language, guinea pigs, guinea pig
guinea pigs, guinea pig, san sai: Dear Stephen, Thank you for your question. Welcoming an exchange student would be exciting and at the same time worrying, isn t it? I hope that your Japanese student is a nice guy. Some students are spoiled by their parents and might behave badly. If...

Japan: Japanese Language, watashi tachi, japanese manners
watashi tachi, japanese manners, guinea pigs: Hi Steve, Congratulations on getting an exchange student soon. To help prepare for your student coming, you might look at several sites that can help, such as: Your Japanese Guests http://fly.hiwaay.net/~eueda/japguest.htm The Japan FAQ: Know Before...

Japan: Japanese Language, guinea pigs, gojapan
guinea pigs, gojapan, japan guide: OK Stephen, Well, it s going to be rather difficult to get you entirely up to speed on all things Japanese in a short time, but here are a few suggestions: 1. There are a LOT of good places to get a nice overview of life in Japan. I suggest browsing...

Japan: Japanese language, soshite, daiichi
soshite, daiichi, nani: Hi, It seems you have answered your own question. Nani yori mo means more than anything or above all. You could also say Mazu daiichi ni or toriwake , or more than ever is masumasu or iyoiyo . Soshite simply means and . Hope that...

Japan: Japanese language words and/or gods, language words, japanese word
language words, japanese word, japanese language: Mike, I apologize for the delay in responding, especially since my response is lame. Can you give me any kind of context for what you re looking for? Off the top of my head, I can t think of what you might want to use for this phrase, especially since you...

Japan: Japanese language, e mail address, japanese language
e mail address, japanese language, languages: Hi. Well, that s about it. Actually, it s just the nani yori mo that means above all else . Specifically: nani = whatever (in this case) yori = more mo = than Sort of more than whatever = more than anything . Soshite in this case is...

Japan: Japanese Magic?, japanese folk tales, shoalin monks
japanese folk tales, shoalin monks, student web pages: Dear ShawnB, I received your question. Ok, this time is Shugendo or Shugenja. They are not magicians but monks of specific schools. For example, please see this web site: http://www1.u-netsurf.ne.jp/~shima/ This is Nikko Shugendo San-no-in s site....

Japan: Japanese marriage customs., marriage customs, world war ii in the philippines
marriage customs, world war ii in the philippines, world war ii: Hi, Typically for the time you mention, the bride would go live with the groom s families. Every family and cicumstance is different though. There is also a long-standing story of friction between the bride and her new mother-in-law, with each having a...

Japan: Japanese misunderstanings, cram schools, tiny size
cram schools, tiny size, coworkers: Hi, Well, this is a question where you could get 10 different answers if you ask 10 different people. But offhand, I would say the biggest misunderstanding that Americans have is that the Japanese workplace and leisure are more or less the same as in the...

Japan: Japanese for the otaku-wannabe, local community college, travelling to japan
local community college, travelling to japan, catch phrase: Hi Mike, I m going to answer your first question now. I ll get to the second one a little later, OK? dattebayo is more or less meaningless, as you ve read. If you break it down grammatically, here s what it means: da is part of the verb to...

Japan: Japanese Protocol & Cuisine, light refreshment, adult students
light refreshment, adult students, japanese adult: Dear Melanie, How exciting! For the most part just be yourselves. They are going for an American experience, I wouldn t worry too much about their norms. I think American fruits and cheeses would be a nice idea. When you say adult students,...

Japan: Japanese shopping, japanese web pages, rakuten co jp
japanese web pages, rakuten co jp, japanese phrases: Hi John, Sorry for the delay, I was gone for most of the weekend. Well, that s a tricky question! If the product is offered at all in Japan, in all likelihood it will be labelled differently than in the U.S. I have a few thoughts: 1. Print out a picture...

Japan: Japanese singer, japanese singer, moriyama
japanese singer, moriyama, professional singer: Dear Laura, Thank you for your question. Actually, he is quite popular and famous here in Japan. His name is Naotaro Moriyama, who was born in 1976 as a son of a professional singer named Ryoko Moriyama. His single CD, titled Sakura is sold here:...

Japan: Japanese superstitions and castes, japanese superstitions, korean ancestors
japanese superstitions, korean ancestors, class distinctions: Hi Margaret, I m afriad I ve never heard of anything about having too much good luck. Traditionally Japanese people s lives throughout history were very hard, and very short -- not many people were too lucky . About the outcastes -- called Burakumin...

Japan: Japanese Topest Leather Good Brand, salvatore ferragamo, higest quality
salvatore ferragamo, higest quality, japanese web: Dear Phoebe, Hello. I tried to think which company or brand has the higest quality of leather or is the most famous brand in Japan; however, I couldn t think of any company nor brand. As I started to research on some of the Japanese web sites,...

Japan: Japanese vegetables, metro detroit michigan, japanese radish
metro detroit michigan, japanese radish, buying seeds: Well, I think you have several options. 1. Most large metro areas have many Asian food markets. These are more frequently Korean-run than Japanese, but most of these stores carry the sorts of vegetables you are interested in. I found this place with some...

Japan: Japanese Wedding, slang phrases, few suggestions
slang phrases, few suggestions, japanese wedding: Jacques, Je suis desolet for not responding sooner. :) I ve been having trouble with my e-mail. Your English is fine! In answer to your question, I have a few suggestions, but none that are very fancy. I don t know how much experience she has with Canada,...

Japan: Japanese wrestling, japanese wrestling, enlightning
japanese wrestling, enlightning, japanese youth: HI, I am not sure if you are referring to traditional Japanese wrestling called sumo, or the staged arena type like in the US. If the former it is deeply part of their traditional culture and has its roots going back over 1200 years ago. You can read more...

Japan: Japanese Youth Culture, japanese youth, japan guide
japanese youth, japan guide, luck steve: Hi Yeojin, Unfortunately, at AllExperts we are not allowed to answer questions related to school assignments. :( But, you may find some of these links helpful: http://www.jinjapan.org/ http://www.jref.com/ http://www.japan-guide.com/ http://www.thejapanfaq.com/...

Japan: Japanese Youth Culture, dummies book, japanese radio
dummies book, japanese radio, japanese youth: Hi Josh! Great to hear that you re interested in Japan. It s still fascinating to me after many years. It sounds like you re on the right track. Really, the key to picking up Japanese is much more your own effort than what particular method you choose....

Japan: Jobs available to 18yr olds?, working holiday visa, visa options
working holiday visa, visa options, www mofa go jp: Hi Rosemary, No uni, no working visa. Options: I do not know where you are from, but I would guess the UK TRY THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA It is for six months but can be extended for six more http://www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/en/visa/work_hol.html ...

Japan: JR Rail Pass and out of country reservations, japanrail, cheers
japanrail, cheers, jp: In theory YES, but I have not tried it because I do not have a rail pass BUT you can go here to try it in English. http://www.japanrail.com/schedules.html Let me know if it works, if NOT send details - which train - which line your rail pass nuber...

Japan: JR Travel between Sendai & Sapporo, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, akita city: Hi Ray, The best way would be to take the shinkansen to Morioka and then an express train onward. There are no shinkansen north of Morioka, and going to Akita City won t help you. You can see a map at http://www.rtri.or.jp/japanrail/JPG/Japan.Map.Shinkansen.jpg...

Japan: JR West Trains, baggage lockers, european trains
baggage lockers, european trains, west trains: Dear Carl, Hello. First of all, it will be really hard for you to travel around Japan with 3 heavy suitcases, that is because there are so many stairs in most of JR stations and streets are narrow in cities. But anyway, if you want to ride trains...

Japan: jap culture, girlfriend boyfriend, japanese guy
girlfriend boyfriend, japanese guy, saying goodbye: Hi Eli, Not any more than English or any other language. It can suggest that -- a lot depends on the context of course. On the other hand, saying Let s meet again (Mata aimashou) can mean what it does at face value to meaning nothing at all. Japanese...

Japan: japan info for class project, japan info, kahi
japan info, kahi, guest houses: Dear Kahi, I received your question. I m not quite sure about your project, but I believe that your interests should be covered by this site: http://www.jnto.go.jp/ This is the official site about Japan. For example, if you click place to stay , you...

Japan: japan money, cost of living in japan, costofliving
cost of living in japan, costofliving, living in japan: Kara, It s true, it is very expensive in Japan, in general. Of course, it depends where you are comparing to. Obviously, the cost difference between Tokyo and New York will be much smaller than between Tokyo and Nowhere, Kentucky. Of course, the cost of...

Japan: japan travel, google search, mt fuji
google search, mt fuji, japanese travel: Usually, arranging things for Japan is easier from here but in your case, if you are staying in a nice hotel, the Concierge or a Manager may be helpful in arranging a trip like you want. It is easy to go to Kyoto or to Hakone, but it is the Mt. Fuji part...

Japan: japan travel, japan rail pass, organic farmers
japan rail pass, organic farmers, jreast: Hi Amy What would be the most enjoyable time to visit Spring (but for farming harvest time might be better locations I think you would be better seved by reading about Japan and haviong an idea of what you want to and ask questions, ratyher than...

Japan: japan, middle class suburbs, corporal punishment
middle class suburbs, corporal punishment, academic journals: Hi Luke, Sounds like you have had a tough day at school. In general, schools are much safer than the US ( I guess you are writing from there) and there seems to be a higher regard for teachers and for authority in Japan. For a quiock answer, I would say...

Japan: japanese guests, bridge the gap, grained rice
bridge the gap, grained rice, japanese guests: Cathy, Well, the short version is I don t know, because just like in the U.S., everyone is different. However, generally speaking, Japanese children are raised not to have lots of likes and dislikes, so I suspect they ll be pretty much OK with anything...

Japan: japanese mealtimes, breakfast lunch dinner, office lunches
breakfast lunch dinner, office lunches, family schedules: Hi Mike, Japanese mealtimes match pretty closely with U.S. mealtimes. Breakfast is typically early in the morning, say between 6 and 7 am, because most Japanese have long commutes to work, or start school early. Lunch is typically 12-1. In offices,...

Japan: What do japanese people think..., japanese music industry, japanese views
japanese music industry, japanese views, love triangle: Hi, Japanese views on television are not really different than that of people in other countries. Virtually every family in Japan has one, and for many it is the primary source of news and information. Many also have a game machine like Playstation, so...

Japan: japanese retailers, japanese retailers, ito yokado
japanese retailers, ito yokado, furniture stores: Hi Peter, Sorry for the delay. Retail isn t quite my area of speciality. Well, for what it s worth, here is some information: Clothing -------- This is tough, because it s hard to know which ones are not in the U.S., but here are a few: Uniqlo is...

Japan: japanese social norms, steve battisti, social norm
steve battisti, social norm, social norms: Hi Emz, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, it s not something that has an easy answer that I could write in this response. There have been hundreds, if not thousands of books written about Japanese society. Additionally, I m a little uncomfortable...

Japan: japanese wedding, japanese weddings, japanese customs
japanese weddings, japanese customs, dark suits: Samara, Thanks for the question. I ve attended a few Japanese weddings in my day - they vary pretty widely. Your best bet, if Mariko is too shy or reserved, would be to pump your son for information on what is expected in your case. Barring that, here...

Japan: japanese yen currency conversion, yen currency, japan yen
yen currency, japan yen, currency conversion: Today, 1.00 AUD Australia Dollars = 74.7870 JPY Japan Yen You can find this info at: http://www.xe.com/ucc/ As far as stronger, this is a relative term. Stronger than 10 years ago- NO, the Aussie dollar hit the low 60s, which is why many Aussies...

Japan: Kanji: Chinese and Japanese, japanese reading, chinese reading
japanese reading, chinese reading, kanji characters: Hi TDG, good question! Well, like many things, the answer is a definite it depends. (^_-) But, there are a few rules that should get you over the 80% mark: 1. Generally, if the kanji is combined with hiragana, use the Japanese reading (kun-yomi)....

Japan: Kanji Label, outer fabric, outer material
outer fabric, outer material, steve thanks: It does not say Made in Japan anywhere, although it clearly is (Japanese isn t used anywhere else). Since cashmere is a type of wool, I believe it means that the outer layer is 100% wool, but 50% of that wool is cashmere. The inner part is actually...

Japan: Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto, imperial household agency, kyoto office
imperial household agency, kyoto office, katsura imperial villa: Dear Nellie Chan, I searched web sites, but I could find only Japanese pages for the application for the permission. Yes, definitely a permission is necessary. For your information, we call the villa Katsura Rikyu in Japanese, so if you ask somebody...

Japan: Where is Kinu Tanaka ?, kinu, beel
kinu, beel, mapo: Hi William Tomosaki does not ring a beel as far as a place name- I did a search and came up with nothing. was that a base name? Are you sure it is spelled correctly? Can you tell me what prefecture (like US State). The best I could probably do is if...

Japan: Kobe Beef, kobe beef steak, rakuten co jp
kobe beef steak, rakuten co jp, kobe japan: Hell Kimberly! Oh YES, Kobe beef is truly great. Once you put the beef into your mouth, it actually melt . I know it sounds strange that beef melts in mouth, but it really does. It feels like beef is really melted right after you put them into your...

Japan: Kombawan Chiaki, dear claudia, 20th of april
dear claudia, 20th of april, ocn: Dear Claudia, I just now sent application for a room at Aka-Gawara, using the information you gave me. I input my email address and mobile phone number in the application form, so if they confirm the reservation, they would contact me. As soon as...

Japan: would like to go to Kyushu, Japan, kyushu japan, visa application
kyushu japan, visa application, volunteer opportunities: Hi Rakesh, Wow, I think I m going to disappoint you here. You have some very specific questions that I probably can t answer well for you. I know from experience that Kyuushuu is a wonderful place, I have no doubt that you will enjoy yourself there. ...

Japan: Kyushu, kyushu university, rain storms
kyushu university, rain storms, typhoon season: Hi Hanifah, Congratulations on your scholarship! Kyushu (or more accurately, Kyuushuu) is a fantastic place. It s one of 4 main islands in Japan (Honshuu, Kyuushuu, Hokkaidou, and Shikoku). Honshuu is the main island where cities such as Tokyo, Osaka,...

Japan: i would like to know how much..., yen bill, printing bureau
yen bill, printing bureau, postage stamps: Dear Ernest, How much is a 1000 yen in US dollar would be easily checked at exchange rate sites, like here: http://www.oanda.com/ For example, 1,000 yen is 9.3633 dollars at this moment. If you have a current 1000-yen bill, you can find it here: http://www.npb.go.jp/ja/banknote/intro.html...

Japan: Language and Western influence, many inventions, asian cultures
many inventions, asian cultures, saino: Dear Erik, Thank you very much for getting interested in Japan, and I m very sorry that I replied this late -- I was on a holiday and just forgot to change my status to holiday before going. As for momo , I m afraid that your friend told you wrong...

Japan: Language, steve battisti, japanese tv
steve battisti, japanese tv, channel search: John, I can certainly help decipher anything you can get me a picture of. Unfortunately, I believe that the TV he brought home will be useless. I don t think there s any way to get a Japanese TV to recognize American standard signals. If you would like...

Japan: Two Largest Banks in Japan, stat index, fastest growing franchises
stat index, fastest growing franchises, bank assets: Hi Angie Banks How do you determine largest bank? assets? in that case: http://www.zenginkyo.or.jp/en/stat/index.html file: http://www.zenginkyo.or.jp/en/stat/statements/data/kobetsuE16.zip You can get an excel filoe of all bank assest in Japan....

Japan: Laws and Culture, international travellers, consumption tax
international travellers, consumption tax, international warranty: Hi, I am not sure how you would define unusual . But as far as a traveller goes, the biggest laws and regulations one might find is that the trains and buses stop around midnight, mostly do to union demands, and most shops close about 8 PM or so...

Japan: Laws and Culture, chiyoda ku, central tokyo
chiyoda ku, central tokyo, serious crimes: Dear Win, Just in case you didn t receive my answer (below), I m sending this again. I recently encountered emails trouble -- actually I couldn t receive some of emails. Today I receive a question saying that he didn t receive my answer although I replied...

Japan: Learning japanese, google search, japanese sentence
google search, japanese sentence, verb endings: Hi Elgin, Well, if you re going to learn Japanese, you ll definitely need to learn all three eventually. A typical Japanese sentence includes a mix of all three. Japanese writing is very complicated because of how it came about. Japan borrowed China...

Japan: Life in Japan, english conversation school, religious zealots
english conversation school, religious zealots, hell on earth: Rachel, What life in Japan is like depends on who you ask! It is also largely related to what culture you are comparing it with. Compared with the USA though, it is in many ways totally opposite in many features. One piece of advice though on sifting...

Japan: Living In Japan, mobile phone game, image of japan
mobile phone game, image of japan, typical weekday: Dear Josh, Thank you for getting interested in Tokyo. As for crime rate, I found these web sites. These might be helpful. http://www.janhoo.com/skole/university/criminology.html http://www.vso.org.uk/publications/orbit/71/crimewatch.htm http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/eng/e_mes/engg0001.htm...

Japan: Looking for a missing person, missing person search, japanese surname
missing person search, japanese surname, nagoya japan: Hi Ovia, I m sorry for the delay in responding. I honestly have never received a question like yours. I m afraid I don t have any magic answers for you. Unfortunately, your last name is a very common Japanese surname. Of course, it would be easier to trace...

Japan: Looking for a partnership - Armenia New Travel destination, yerevan armenia, travel agency office
yerevan armenia, travel agency office, descriptive view: Dear Anna, Thank you very much for your message. However, I m just a volunteer here and don t have any license or certificate to travel agent business in Japan. I can be an information source about traveling in Japan, but I cannot book hotels or tickets...

Japan: Lost in Translation, scarlet johanson, luck steve
scarlet johanson, luck steve, lost in translation: Hi Caroline, Well, I saw the movie, but I can t for the life of me remember what place it was. I think it may have been Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto (with a huge red pagoda). Incidentally, Lost in Translation was a very good representation of what modern...

Japan: Lost in Translation, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, scarlet johanson: Hello Caroline, I believe the shrine is Meiji Jingu, one of Kyoto s most famous sites. You can see its webpage at http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/index_e.html If you can, have your friend get a JR Rail Pass, which allows you to ride virtually any JR train...

Japan: Lost in Translation, scarlet johanson, lost in translation
scarlet johanson, lost in translation, stone steps: Hi Caroline The movie has been released in Japan, but did not have a wide release ( limited number of theaters) so I have not seen it yet, not is it yet available on DVD or Video, so I cannot tell you where the garden is. I beleive it was filmed in Tokyo,...

Japan: language, yen coins, japanese vocabulary
yen coins, japanese vocabulary, japanese money: Hello Nikki, Few Japanese speak English with ease, so any Japanese you learn will be very beneficial for your trip. And even if you only have a Japanese vocabulary amounting to 3 words, they will be overflowing with praise for you. It is in fact quite...

Japan: Which language, linguistic standpoint, sheer breadth
linguistic standpoint, sheer breadth, neat question: Hi Tim. Neat question, but not so easy to answer. Ultimately, it s going to be a matter of preference for you. I suppose the first question would be, what sort of job would you be looking for? Most people in the business world feel that China is the...

Japan: language, japanese person, young kids
japanese person, young kids, mcdonalds: Hi Lisa, The answer is Yes and no. The Japanese use the same name, McDonald s. The problem comes in the pronunciation. Japanese is a very different language from English, and as a result, English words get Japanized to a certain extent. For example,...

Japan: language, nikki nikki, kirwin
nikki nikki, kirwin, nihongo: Nikki Being a foreigner you will not be expected to speak Japanese at all. Some will be pleasantly surprised if you can say Good Morning; others will patronize you. Speaking as someone who has spent the better part of 15 years studying the place, don t kill...

Japan: life in Japan question, satsuma rebellion of 1877, last samuri
satsuma rebellion of 1877, last samuri, modernization of japan: Hello David, Well, with regards to your question, one of the first things to say is that the film the Last Samurai is most definitely not a movie of history -- while it is rooted in late 19th Century Japan and bears a slight resemblance to The Satsuma...

Japan: living in tokyo, dawn davis, homefair
dawn davis, homefair, cost index: Hi Dawn, Well, it s tough to really calculate, but there s no doubt it s very expensive to live in Japan, and doubly so in Tokyo. Of course, a lot depends on exchange rates as well. Here are a few web sites that can give you some idea of how much things...

Japan: how long?, steve battisti, bullet trains
steve battisti, bullet trains, japan guide: Jacqui, There are a number of ways to get from Tokyo to Sapporo and vice versa. The most common would be domestic flights and the bullet train. The flight is about 90 minutes. Bullet trains involve a number of train changes, and takes about 11 hours. ...

Japan: looking for my father, japanese surnames, dingal
japanese surnames, dingal, finding a person: Hi Yvette, Sorry for the slow response. Unfortunately, finding a person is very difficult, especially when you have little information. In your case too, your father s last name ( Watanabe ) is one of the most common Japanese surnames. This would be like...

Japan: I love Japan!, true fluency, japan info
true fluency, japan info, society and culture: Hi, With regards to the first question, it is entirely up to you, and what degree you consider good enough to get by. You could learn the first alphabets for Japanese within a week or two, as for the kanji it can take several months to learn enough to...

Japan: Madame Butterfly in reverse!, butterfly in reverse, japanese head
butterfly in reverse, japanese head, madame butterfly: Hajimemashite! I received your question and understood what you think and experienced. I m only 3 years older than you and I have nothing special, but if my advice helps you it s my pleasure. If you really think of marriage with a Japanese man in London,...

Japan: Making reservation for ryokans, ryokans, tatami mats
ryokans, tatami mats, language problems: It s nice that you want to do this, but unfortunately, I am the wrong one to ask. I slept on tatami mats for months when I lived there and when I traveled, I wanted a bed. Honestly though, you need to understand that some inns will not really welcome foreign...

Japan: Markings on a Japanese Vase, japanese vase, photo thanks
japanese vase, photo thanks, digital photo: I ll give it a shot. Although, often that sort of thing is very difficult to translate. It could be a name, or the the name of a company, and depending on the age it might not really be easy for me to translate. I don t have any particular expertise in artifacts...

Japan: Meaning of words, karate, sophie
karate, sophie, translation: Sophie, While there isn t really a direct translation of sono in this case, it s closest to the # if you were to say Taikyoku #1 . Sono ichi and Sono ni etc. are a pretty common way of saying #1, 2 and so on. I hope this helps! Stev...

Japan: Modern Culture Question, steve battisti, boxing magazine
steve battisti, boxing magazine, world boxing: My understanding is that boxing is pretty popular, especially the lower class weights like featherweight. That s natural given the generally smaller size of Japanese people, I suppose. There is a magazine there called, surprisingly, Boxing Magazine. This...

Japan: Money conversion/cash, yen coins, debit credit card
yen coins, debit credit card, money conversion: Maryna, What you ve heard is all partly true but don t add up together to be accurate. The more money you bring, the more traveller s checks are a good idea -- for the simple fact that if they are lost, they can be replaced quickly. With cash, it...

Japan: getting from Mount Fuji to Hakone, climbing mt fuji, mount fuji
climbing mt fuji, mount fuji, mt fuji: Hi Tommaso, Well its far from Hakone that s why. Check out http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6901.html or http://www.globalcompassion.com/climbing-fuji.htm two great guides to climbing Mt. Fuji. Most of the time is wasted waiting for trains. Out in the...

Japan: Moving to Japan, heating and airconditioning, moving to japan
heating and airconditioning, moving to japan, japanese cities: Hi Dale, You can find lots of jobs online, especially if you have qualifications. http://www.jobsinjapan.com/ is one source. Tokyo is the place to be if you want nightlife and activities. No other city compares. Japan is incredibly expensive. Also...

Japan: How to go to Mt. Fuji from Aikoishida station?, mt fuji, travelling to japan
mt fuji, travelling to japan, backtrack: Hi, I think you can find the info you want on the Odakyu page at http://www.odakyu.jp/english/ There is also info on passes at http://www.japantravelinfo.com/hotnews/popup2006/N0616.html Basically you want to go to Gotemba station (a bus runs from...

Japan: Museum in Imari?, kurosawa films, akira kurosawa
kurosawa films, akira kurosawa, film films: Walter, Thanks for your note. Although I enjoy Kurosawa films, I m far from knowledgeable about all things Kurosawa. I did a lot of surfing, and was able to come up with this information that seems to indicate the launch is now scheduled for 2006: http://www.kurosawa-foundation.com/eng/memorial_2.html...

Japan: Music business, japan website, culture of japan
japan website, culture of japan, japanese instrument: Hi Johnson, This is a difficult question, and unfortunately I don t have any knowledge in this area. I also wasn t able to find much information in English on Japanese instrument manufacturer web sites. You might have better luck trying to get in touch...

Japan: I'm a hispanic girl who wants to learn Japanese, hispanic girl, smart girl
hispanic girl, smart girl, abd: Spanish and Japanese are very similar in the way words are pronounced. I think you are probably a very smart girl, and I think you can learn it easily. How long have you lived in the USA, and how old are you? I might be able to help more if I know that....

Japan: I'm sorry, Please tell me what to do., expid, enough money
expid, enough money, scholarships: Hello! When I went to Japan, I got a scholarship to go for free. I know Youth For Understanding has a lot for Japan. You can see all the scholarships here: http://www.allexperts.com/expertx.cgi?m=11&expID=69724&qID=4683725 Lots and lots of people go...

Japan: manga schools and universities, microfilm files, manga school
microfilm files, manga school, japan tel: Hi Ambia, The school she went to is Gekiga Sonjuku and they have a webpage at http://www.vta.tfc.co.jp/koike/ If you are interested in contacting them you can at: Koike Kazuo Juku Tohoku Shinsha Shinjuku Biru Shinjuku 1-18-14 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo-to,...

Japan: manners, vegetarian dish, dense cities
vegetarian dish, dense cities, jet program: Hi, You need not eat anything you don t like. It would help tremendously though if you could let your host know beforehand that you are a vegetarian -- and they will understand. As far as groping goes, it is sad to say a daily occurance on the crowded...

Japan: manners, subway trains, buddists
subway trains, buddists, sexual harassment: Dear RW 1) I am vegetarian. I realize that if I am offered food I have to accept it. What can I do if I am offered meat in a social setting, and/or by a host who was not aware of my dietary restrictions; I don t want to insult anybody, but I don t want...

Japan: How to market music in Japan, target audience, japanese audience
target audience, japanese audience, materials budget: Wow. I must admit, this is a very interesting question - and one with which I have ZERO experience. I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know I can dig around on this, but I can t give you a really quick answer. Still, I m willing to do some digging,...

Japan: martial arts, kihon, juso
kihon, juso, kansai: Hi Brian, Hmm, this is an interesting one. I think my first suggestion would be to contact these guys: http://www.aikidoonline.com/ If anyone has information about Aikido, it should be them. Then, check out this site, which has approximately...

Japan: meeting style, process, customs of companies, thuy linh, business styles
thuy linh, business styles, japanese business: Dear Thuy Linh, Thank you for your questions. I would be happy to work with you. There are many resources about Japanese business styles and customs at Jetro.com. If you need specific information on specific companies, you are welcome to contact me directly....

Japan: How much money to bring for two week trip to Japan?, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, credit debit cards: Hi Cheryl, How much you ll need depends on what you plan to buy, as well as where you will be going. Taxis can be very high in Japan unless there are 3 or 4 of you to pile in and share the expenses. Running around a city for a day taking the bus or train...

Japan: Moving to Japan
Hey there! Well, if you are looking for a big city, Osaka or Tokyo are definitely the way to go! You re like me, I love the night life. So, while I live in Osaka, Tokyo is an extremely tempting place. The advantages to living in Tokyo, in regards to night...

Japan: moving to japan for a while, total emersion, moving to japan
total emersion, moving to japan, tourist visa: Hi Craig To answer your many questions requires a bit more information from you. The main obstacles you would face would be a visa and money. So, where are you from and are you loaded ? :-) SO if you are initially looking at 6 months, (depending...

Japan: moving to jp, japanese multinational companies, executive search firms
japanese multinational companies, executive search firms, living in vancouver: Dear Nassa, Thank you very much for your question. I would like to advise you to find a job before coming to Japan. You can search and find executive search firms or recruiting agencies specializing in English-speaking managers for Japanese/multinational...

Japan: mythology, japanese mythology, water margin
japanese mythology, water margin, chinese story: Dear Daniel, Thank you for your question. I didn t know much about Heroes of the water margin , but after some search, I understand that the stoy is called Suiko den in Japanese. It s Chinese-origin story, and not a japanese story. Or are you...

Japan: Names, e mail address, japanese katakana
e mail address, japanese katakana, japanese sounds: Hmm, that s a difficult question. Are you asking me how to say who is like God in Japanese? Or are you asking me how you would say Michelle in Japanese? Non-Japanese names are typically converted to the closest possible Japanese sounds. So, for example,...

Japan: Narita Airport to Tokyo, shinjuku station, trip to tokyo
shinjuku station, trip to tokyo, tokyo station: I am thinking of, instead of sleeping in the hotel, jumping on a train and seeing Tokyo at night. But looking through many websites, it seems that it is not easy to get to Tokyo from the airport. Good idea. bit Tokyo is very big so you need to decide...

Japan: Narita Airport to Tokyo, keisei skyliner, night in tokyo
keisei skyliner, night in tokyo, quick reply: Hi Ania, I think you need to look at the site again for the Keisei. It does not say you must reserve a seat a month in advance. But they will accept reservations for a month in advance. You can take it anytime it is running, if there are seats available....

Japan: Narita Airport, chiba jp, narita airport
chiba jp, narita airport, narita city: Hi Karen, You can find lots of info on seeing Narita at http://web.archive.org/web/20040214065133/http://www.mgnewman.com/narita/ You can also see www.jnto.go.jp for some info on Narita in their regional area info for Chiba. There is also useful...

Japan: Narita to shinkansen, travel service center, narita express
travel service center, narita express, jreast: Narita from Narita there is a shuttle bus. But the best way is to use Narita Express: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/index.html All the info you need is there in English. Cost about ¥3000, takes about 50 min. TO activate the pass he can bring...

Japan: New Babies, new born babies, newborn babies
new born babies, newborn babies, new babies: Dear David Jenkins, How happy your colleague is -- many of you think of her and her baby! That s wonderful. OK, I ll answer your question. We send many kinds of things in various situation, but the things to be sent are mainly gifts, money, and cards,...

Japan: Ninja Culture, martial art style, jim dugan
martial art style, jim dugan, history of the ninja: Nope, not from Medfield, although I have lived in Hopkinton and Natick. I m in PA now. I do have a good friend, an American, who is an expert/teacher in ninjutsu, which is the martial art style used by ninja. I could certainly try to put you in touch with...

Japan: what do these names mean?, samurai showdown, haohmaru
samurai showdown, haohmaru, japanese names: Matt, Well, this is a tough question. Japanese names are made up of characters that have meanings associated with them. However, that doesn t necessarily mean that the names mean anything. Additionally, without seeing the actual Japanese characters,...

Japan: nice place to intro, osaka jp, mail bye
osaka jp, mail bye, japanese pancake: Hello, Yen. I don t live close to Osaka, but I myself went there for couple times as a visitor! Well, first of all, you can check what places or what you can do or eat in Osaka on the URL below. They have pages written in both English and Chinese so...

Japan: niijima island, tokyo narita airport, japan rail pass
tokyo narita airport, japan rail pass, japan national tourist: Hello Greg, Yes, Niijima is popular among surfers in the Tokyo area. There was a competetion in fact there in June. As far as a visa goes, Australians don t need to get a visa with the Japanese embassy/consulate -- all you need is a valid passport that...

Japan: non-chinese derived janji characters?, chinese writing system, csuchico edu
chinese writing system, csuchico edu, google search: Hi Roger, and thanks for your question! I believe that all Japanese Kanji are derived from Chinese. However, over the years, many of those Kanji have been modified by the Japanese. As a result, although there are many characters that are exact matches between...

Japan: Okinawa, home swaps, condo hotel
home swaps, condo hotel, okinawa: Hi Cole There is not much in the way of vacation homes (or especially home swaps in Japan) the best I could find is: http://www.ocvb.or.jp/index.php Is an english page with Okinawa info http://www.morimar.com/ Is a condo hotel. The home page is...

Japan: Osaka hotels, maps, free shuttle bus, osaka station
free shuttle bus, osaka station, rihga royal hotel: Frank: I did a tiny bit more research in re your trip to Osaka. On my favorite hotel web site, asia-hotels.com I found the Rihga Royal Hotel. There is a special rate now of $109. Who knows what the price will be in the Spring, but this is a very good...

Japan: Osaka Transportation, foreigners in japan, osaka bay
foreigners in japan, osaka bay, japanese view: Richard Sorry, but I cannot help you with specific contacts. You ll get there by hiring a taxi. First you must take the shuttle from the airport to the first station (Tennoji if memory serves). This is about 1/2 hour. Remember that KIX is in the middle...

Japan: Osaka tourism, osaka tourism, private railroads
osaka tourism, private railroads, osaka castle: Sir: Sorry for the delay. There was a problem accessing the web site. Of course there are tour companies that can provide the service you request. You should check out the Japanese Government web site at www.jnto.go.jp. Another place to look is www.google.com....

Japan: Is Osaka worth visiting?, worthwhile place, brilliant place
worthwhile place, brilliant place, japanese friend: Kammasit, Well, of course, everyone has their own opinion of different places. But, you asked for my opinion, and here it is! I agree with your thoughts. To me, Osaka is a slightly smaller version of Tokyo with a different accent. I can give plenty of...

Japan: Is Osaka worth visiting?, osaka castle, japanese alps
osaka castle, japanese alps, worthwhile place: Hi: I m not going to be of much help, except to confirm your feelings that it is a good place for shopping. You can go to the city web site through www.jnto.go.jp and see what they suggest. I thought that the architecture was interesting, but other than...

Japan: What to see and do in Osaka, osaka castle, taj mahal in india
osaka castle, taj mahal in india, nipponbashi: Hi, Honestly, there is not a lot to see in Osaka. If you want to see the ex-pat scene, you might look thru the online version of Kansai Time Out at http://www.japanfile.com/modules/news/ and hopefully the hard copy once you are there. There is also Nipponbashi...

Japan: Oxygen, rough itinerary, tourism section
rough itinerary, tourism section, japanese embassy: Hello Edward, I am sorry that I cannot give you a good answer on this- I just do not know. I would sugest that you contact the Japanese Embassy (tourism Section) with a rough itinerary and ask them. I know that there are many people in Japan who travel...

Japan: organic certification (JAPAN), chocalat, chocolate business
chocalat, chocolate business, organic certification: resend: Hi Sherry, My thanks to Martin! You probably want to contact me at my office sales at ecocert dot qai dot jp. But I need this information to help you. Is it vegan? If it is, it will be easy to explain. If it isn t I will be difficult to...

Japan: osaka to hiroshima, rail fare calculator, taj mahal in india
rail fare calculator, taj mahal in india, jr bus: Hi Richard, Nobody is *required* to get a rail pass, but for those making a long rail round trip, it often makes sense and is more convenient. In your case the full JR Rail Pass is not worth it, but you could get a JR West Rail Pass and probably save some...

Japan: what to do in osaka, kobe and kyoto, himeji castle, nickle and dimed
himeji castle, nickle and dimed, giant buddha: Hi Darren, Well I would spend the majority of your daylight time in Kyoto, which is the cultural jewel of the country. For Kyoto, there are far more temples than you can see, but the most famous are Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), Heian Jingu Shrine...

Japan: Parcel rates in Japan, home to india, consolidated cargo
home to india, consolidated cargo, parcel rates: Although I don t know the exact rates, I would first try a search on consolidated cargo for India. That way space, not so much weight is really important for determining costs. Then you might consider the post office, which is quite expensive. Remember, the...

Japan: Passport, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, himeji castle: Hello Tina, It looks like everything is set for your trip - you don t need any shots (unless you re coming from a tropical disease area) and if you are staying less than 90 days you won t need a visa. Actaully Iwakuni is an extremely isolated area with...

Japan: Passport, iwakuni japan, states marine corps
iwakuni japan, states marine corps, united states marine: Hi Tina I am sorry I am not in Okinawa, so I cannot give specific info, and Okinawa is more like American Japan than Japan- (Much in the same way Hawaii is like Japanese Hawaii - than American Hawaii. But generally, Summer is hot, it is expensive,...

Japan: Passports, travel state gov, passport fees
travel state gov, passport fees, passport services: Hi John Actually your quetsion about passports is not a Japan Questions as they are US passports issued by the US Government. You can find more info there: But the fees are: Passport Fees (Effective August 19, 2002) Age 16 and older: The passport...

Japan: Phone calls to U.S., tokyo subway map, inexpensive phone cards
tokyo subway map, inexpensive phone cards, visa mastercard american express: Hi Phil, Yes, you can. Examples are at http://www.brastel.com/Pages/eng/SPC/ or http://ld.net You can also rent cell phones while there. In Japan you are not charged for receiving calls - only making them. Regarding money, Japan is still very...

Japan: Place to visit, favourites places, hida takayama
favourites places, hida takayama, travelling to japan: Dear Claudia, I received your question. Considering your date of travel, I think that you might be able to enjoy cherry blossom in Tokyo, tropical climate in a southern island, and very many good places/events all over Japan. My suggested itineary is:...

Japan: Please introduce some good cheap hotels in Tokyo, toyoko inn, cheap hotels in tokyo
toyoko inn, cheap hotels in tokyo, japanese accommodation: Dear Walden Cheng, Thank you very much for your question, and I m terribly sorry to be late in reply. I was on the vacation without changing my status. Anyway, thanks for getting interested in Japan and planning trip to Japan. One is Toyoko Inn. http://www.toyoko-inn.com/eng/...

Japan: Politics and Goverment, web based resources, online encyclopedias
web based resources, online encyclopedias, information about japan: Meg, Sorry for the delay, I was away for most of the weekend. Unfortunately, we re technically not supposed to give out answers for school-related projects and stuff. But, what I can do is give you a list of a few web-based resources that should help you...

Japan: Popcorn, popcorn flavors, microwave popcorn
popcorn flavors, microwave popcorn, japanese brand: Hi Karen, Popcorn is not a popular snack in Japan. Potato chips are far more popular. There are some people who buy microwave popcorn, but it isn t very popular now. Here is some great marketing info that lists popcorn about half way down : http://www.japanmarketingnews.com/zany_products_ads_packages_etc/index.html....

Japan: Popcorn flavors in Japan, orville redenbacher, popcorn flavors
orville redenbacher, popcorn flavors, artificial flavors: Dear Elizabeth, You need to be more specific. Generally these are artificial flavors. You can find information here: http://sciencelinks.jp/j-east/journal/K/F0797A/1999.php about flavors in Japan. Also, Orville Redenbacher butter and caramel flavored...

Japan: Precipitation in Kyushu, kyushu region, fukuoka city guide
kyushu region, fukuoka city guide, season in japan: Hi, The rainy season in Japan is typically from the month of June and into the first couple of weeks of July, so taking an umbrella with you sometimes is a good idea. Weather reports will give you the chance of precipitation several days in advance. ...

Japan: Prerequisites for enforcement of foreign judgments in Japan, japanese legal system, code of civil procedure
japanese legal system, code of civil procedure, kyushu: William, OK, I ll admit it, you ve stumped me completely. I m not sure of the answer to this question, and I can t even find a place to begin. My best recommendations would be to browse through some of these sites and see if you can find a good lead:...

Japan: Price of Alcohol in Japan, vending machines, convenience stores
vending machines, convenience stores, slow response: Hi Dan, Apologies for the slow response, it s been kinda crazy around here! Well, regarding alcohol, it s very similar to most Western countries. First off, you must be 20 years old, but it s not nearly as strict as it is in, say, the U.S. Basically,...

Japan: Proper attire for a Japanese Wedding, high heel pumps, weather in japan
high heel pumps, weather in japan, shoes pumps: Hi, There is nothing too complicated -- typical formal dress should do very nicely. Many men wear a dark suit with a white tie for weddings and the same suit and black tie for funerals. You can easily wear any formal suit or dress (as long as not too flashy)...

Japan: phonetics, fragile material, japanese words
fragile material, japanese words, alarm clock: Dear Zahiri, Thank you very much for your question. I m glad that you re interested in Japanese language and that you re a teacher! Unfortunately, my email software couldn t display the Japanese words you wrote properly, possibly because of some technical...

Japan: phonetics, japanese representation, english pronunciation
japanese representation, english pronunciation, phonetic symbols: Mr. Zahiri, I m sorry, but something came through incorrectly in your question. The characters next to the English words you work are not legible. Are these just the Japanese representation of the English words on the left? I apologize, I m not very...

Japan: pottery in japan, aichi prefecture, shiga prefecture
aichi prefecture, shiga prefecture, central honshu: Hi Sandy, I don t know of any specific place in central Japan, but in Japanese, pottery is called yakimono , and there are a lot of sites that can point you in the right direction, such as http://www.e-yakimono.net http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/05/15/10-best-places-in-tokyo-if-you-like-handmade-pottery/...

Japan: pre paid cell phones, alien registration card, prepaid cell phones
alien registration card, prepaid cell phones, prepaid cell phone: Your best bet for prepaid cell phones in Japan would be the airport. There s almost certainly somewhere there to buy a prepaid cell phone. I m having a hard time coming up with links to other prepaid phone sites that aren t entirely in Japanese, but there...

Japan: prejudice, hand signal, japs
hand signal, japs, driving test: I haven t experienced any prejudice kind of things yet. However, sometime we are called Japs and I don t like to see those words on net or any other places. When my friend took a driving test (road test), a police asked him to do the hand signal and...

Japan: Question on popular phase, final fantasy vii, japanese songs
final fantasy vii, japanese songs, video game: I m not exactly an expert in the language, but I ve heard it s supposed to be a context thing. Something to keep in mind also: the Japanese are generally less direct about most things. They err on the side of caution. Perhaps this is used much in the way...

Japan: Questions/fears about going to Japan, baka gaijin, pronounciation
baka gaijin, pronounciation, perfectionist: Hi Sara Elizabeth, Your fears are largely unfounded. Few Japanese can speak English with ease -- but by and large they are quite warm to western visitors. Only a tiny percentage are actively xenophobic, and you will not be dealing with them unless you...

Japan: Quick Language Lesson, e mail address, getting a tattoo
e mail address, getting a tattoo, japanese symbols: Hi Derik, Well, Japanese characters certainly look cool as tattoos, except for the little touch of gang member connotation that they have these days. Give me your e-mail address, and I ll e-mail you a picture of those 2 characters. You can e-mail me at...

Japan: Quick phrase translation, phrase translation, business colleague
phrase translation, business colleague, email exchange: Laurindo, Well, I don t think I can say that the second part of the sentence is positive . The whole phrase in romanization is: Dou omou? Ore ha, amari kyoumi ga nain da kedo I would translate this as, What do you think? Myself, I don t...

Japan: a quick translation, translation world, parting words
translation world, parting words, native language: Hi Sid, In the translation world, typically translators only translate into their native language. For example, I do translations, but only from Japanese into English. I think that anything that I come up with for the phrase you mentioned would not be...

Japan: quick translation, native japanese speaker, closest thing
native japanese speaker, closest thing, sect: Jade, As you can imagine, that s not something I get asked very often. =) Also, usually if you want to translate INTO Japanese, you ll get the best results from using a native Japanese speaker. At any rate, I think the closest thing I can come up...

Japan: Raising Kobe Beef, stock photo agencies, wagyu cattle
stock photo agencies, wagyu cattle, kobe beef: Craig, I m sorry, I spent some more time on this today, but I just haven t been able to come up with anything. I ve found pictures of cows, pictures of farmers, pictures of Kobe, but nothing that really brings them together. Even searching in Japanese on...

Japan: Recommended itinerary, hiroshima a bomb, fuji lakes
hiroshima a bomb, fuji lakes, kanto area: Hi, Well it depends on what interests you of course. But I might take a day to see Himeji (the best surviving castle in Japan, in Hyogo Prefecture) and moving on to go see Hiroshima (A-bomb wartime museum, etc). Then spend 3 days for Kyoto and Nara,...

Japan: Recruitment in japan, japanese addresses, hokushin
japanese addresses, hokushin, japan tokyo: Dear Bishu, I received your question. I searched some web sites, but couldn t find appropriate companies. I think the address could be mistyped by your agent or yourself. At least the address is not perfect, I think. Japanese addresses usually consist...

Japan: Recruitment in japan, hokushin, japanese embassy
hokushin, japanese embassy, pharmaceutical preparations: Dude... I answer travel questions about hotels, how to get from here to there, trains. some general aspects of life for a stranger visiting or on tour. I do not vett companies, job offers, etc. In order to work in Japan you will need the job offer, in writing...

Japan: Recruitment in japan, hokushin, tokyo area
hokushin, tokyo area, pharmaceutical preparations: Hi Bishu I checked for this company and found no information: But I am not near CHiyoda - ku It could be a small supplier company but I have no Idea I suggest you try an expert in the Tokyo area. (without the chinese karacters it is hard to track down-...

Japan: Restaurants and shows, travelling to japan, argentine embassy
travelling to japan, argentine embassy, ediface: Dear Dani: I am sorry that I will not be of much help. I know that you can enter Japan as a tourist, and, while there, if you find work, your employer will sponsor you for a visa. When it is granted, you have to go out of the country to get it but this...

Japan: Rural Japan, shikoku pilgrimage, japanese festivals
shikoku pilgrimage, japanese festivals, world experiance: Charlie, Sorry for the delay in responding to you. Well, I guess you have a lot of opportunities. Honestly, I would really urge you to look into the pilgrimage I mentioned above. There s a great list of Japanese festivals here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_festivals...

Japan: Rural Japan, gap year, proper visa
gap year, proper visa, thanks in advance: Hi Charlie, Sounds like a great plan. Staying for a whole year may be a problem without a proper visa. 3-6 months would be easier. Here is some info on a program that looks great. http://jpns.remotedb.earlham.edu/study_abroad_japan/cultural_practicum/rural_homestay/index.html...

Japan: Rural Japan, school counselors, gap year
school counselors, gap year, exchange programs: Hello! I lived in Shiga Prefecture for most of my stay, so of course I can t speak for all parts of Japan. I lived in a fairly rural part, but it wasn t all the way. I think the houses are much more interesting when they have space to be as big as needed....

Japan: re: Japan Travel, ryokan in hakone, shinjuku area
ryokan in hakone, shinjuku area, asiahotels: For Hakone, you might try http://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/db/hakone/ and look for something in the 15-20,000 yen range. For Shinjuku, try a site like http://www.bookings.net or look at the budget accommodations listed on www.jnto.go.jp or http://www.tiglion.com/english/accommod/japan.htm...

Japan: To be a research student in Nagoya ….?, nagoya university, caste system
nagoya university, caste system, real human beings: Hello Matthieu, I would not worry over trifles. Japanese are quite tolerant of westerners and don t expect them to know a lot about their culture and language. They will most likely be quite welcoming to you. I suppose WWII and the A-Bombings are still...

Japan: no reservations, jr railpass, uneven pavement
jr railpass, uneven pavement, limousine bus: It sounds like you have been to Japan before... I really admire your Mother s fortitude to travel like that. Except for 3 times during the year (New Years, Golden Week, and Cherry Blossom time), it shouldn t be all that hard to travel without advance reservations....

Japan: returning to the U.S. from Japan, reverse culture shock, teaching english in japan
reverse culture shock, teaching english in japan, job offer: Hi, I have heard from several people returning home of some reverse culture shock, but I myself never felt any. A lot about finding a job depends on your education, abilities, location, and luck. Sadly, unless you plan to pursue teaching as a life long...

Japan: ryokans in Kyoto, hot spring resort, hyogo prefecture
hot spring resort, hyogo prefecture, japan photo gallery: Hi, I have not been to any ryokan there in a very long while, but you should be able to find something to your liking at a few sites like http://www.ryokan.or.jp http://www.ishicho.co.jp http://www.jpinn.com Kyoto and Nara are definite must-sees....

Japan: Shikoku, kanto region, travelling to japan
kanto region, travelling to japan, shikoku: Doubtful you could, I know you can in Hokkaido, but let me ceck around some places here (I live in Takamatsu) and I will get back to you. In the meantime, send me your email address, Send to plutes@mes.co.jp plutes@ideaenglish.com I will look into...

Japan: Shinnenkai, akemashite omedetou, male colleagues
akemashite omedetou, male colleagues, yoroshiku: Dear Cha-no-hana, Shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Hello again! How are you? You re so keen about Japanese information --you taped Kohaku, you have Karuta... really surprising! This is my opinion, but Shinnenkai is now like Bo-nen-kai and its difference...

Japan: Shinto/Torii gate question, torii gate, lab1
torii gate, lab1, geocities: Dear Michelle, Thank you very much for your question and your interest in Japan. If you re interested in real Toriis, please have a look at this: http://homepage2.nifty.com/butuUkai/torii/lab1.1.htm I also found a sample image of souvenir Torii here:...

Japan: Staying in Japan as military wife..., dependent visa, japan photos
dependent visa, japan photos, military wife: Dear Moinca Thank you for your email. I am sorry that I do not know the answer to this. Most spouses of peopel in Japan require a Visa (spouse/dependent visa) and they are not difficult to get other than a bit of paperwork (which includes proof of marriage,...

Japan: Staying in Japan., japanese inns, visiting japan
japanese inns, visiting japan, little trouble: Hi Darryn, Having traveled Japan alone in my 20s, I d be happy to help you figure this out, but there are a lot of variables. A few things first, though: 1. By and large, Japan is extremely safe. I think you ll have little trouble finding safe lodgings....

Japan: Still me, capital of japan, dear claudia
capital of japan, dear claudia, half days: Dear Claudia, Near Osaka, there is Kyoto and Nara and Kobe. Kyoto is, as you might know, an old capital of Japan for more than 1000 years with many temples and shrines. Kobe is a port city, facing the sea. Nara is a bit far, but not far-away, but not...

Japan: Suggested Itinerary, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, japan air lines: Hi Bob, If the issue of the JR Pass does not come into play, I would budget about 5 days for the Tokyo area, including Kamakura, and the rest for the Kyoto/Osaka area (Kansai) including Nara and Himeji. Missing the Todaiji in Nara is like going to India...

Japan: Suitcase on trains, railway mania, overhead rack
railway mania, overhead rack, shinkansen: Dear Nellie Chan, I received your question. I think that your wuitcase is ok with Shinkansen. Please see this web site -- top of this page is just a table full of Japanese characters, so skip it and scroll down to the photos below. http://www1.plala.or.jp/uu/shinkansen.html...

Japan: Sumo, sumo wrestlers, luck steve
sumo wrestlers, luck steve, amateur sumo: Mike, I ve tried to find some more information for you. It s certainly a hard road. Most sumo wrestlers begin training at a much younger age, and it s still a very anti-foreigner world over there. I found some excellent links here: http://www.usasumo.com/sumo/link.html...

Japan: Sushi Bar Management, fish shellfish, sushi bar
fish shellfish, sushi bar, sushi restaurant: Dear William, Thank you for your question. I m sorry that I have no experience as a sushi bar manager, but I ll answer from my experience as a customer. What you should prepare is only fish/shellfish and cooked rice -- don t prepare sushi because sushi...

Japan: Swedish person to japan?, swedish language courses, english conversation schools
swedish language courses, english conversation schools, japan education: Hi Mr. Hansen, If your wife is Japanese and you have a spouse visa, then it is perfectly legal to teach English there. I don t know of any Swedish language courses anywhere, however. There are numerous English conversation schools out there, both...

Japan: Swords, edged weapons swords, proper certificates
edged weapons swords, proper certificates, uc berkeley: Jon, The airlines might very well treat it as a weapon, and you might have problems getting it through. With proper certificates you may be able to take it through the main luggage, but I sorely doubt any airline would ever let you take it in hand carry...

Japan: Symbolisms, ms word software, alex dear
ms word software, alex dear, exact translation: Dear Alex, Thank you very much for your question. This is my opinion, but I think that murder is satsujin in Japanese. The other expressions you mentioned are alright, but not exact translation of murder . I draw satsujin in japanese ms-word...

Japan: Symbols, sashiko designs, jacket patterns
sashiko designs, jacket patterns, kabegami: Dear Susan, Thank you for your question. As for Sashiko itself, I found this web site: http://www.bettegant.com/sashiko.html If you aren t familiar with sashiko s historical background, this might be helpful. I think that other pages of this site, like...

Japan: sakura trees (aka cherryblossems), cherry tree varieties, sakura trees
cherry tree varieties, sakura trees, horticulture expert: Well, I m hardly a horticulture expert, but cherry trees are notoriously delicate. My guess is, unless you have some kind of expertise, you shouldn t do it. Also, I m not sure you re ALLOWED to bring back plants from foreign countries due to pests and so...

Japan: samuri, sites culture, wikipedia
sites culture, wikipedia, kyoto: Hi, Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai gives a good general intro to samurai, and if you are interested in the more cultural aspects, Kyoto would be an excellent place to go see. As for the end of the samurai age, you might go to see Kagoshima,...

Japan: searching for a person, private investigation agency, graphic design business
private investigation agency, graphic design business, ntt docomo: Sandra, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, I m not able to help with this. There are a few reasons, but the biggest is that I really have no way of knowing the impact of helping in such a situation. For example, it s possible that the person trying...

Japan: The sight of the kyoto, first mail, sightseeing places
first mail, sightseeing places, kiyomizu: Ayaka, Thanks for the question. Well, I m not sure exactly what you want to know, but I love Kyoto. :) Kyoto was the first place I ever lived in Japan, in a small town in Fushimi-ku. Most visitors are most impressed with Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera. I...

Japan: skiiing in Japan, skiing in japan, overnight bus
skiing in japan, overnight bus, travex: Dear Adrian, Oh, you found a good site! Yes, this site allows you to book a ski bus tour packages thru online. This says that all the package tours can be booked by minimum 2 persons. According to their terms and conditions, their cancel policy for...

Japan: skiiing in Japan, nagano jp, skiing in japan
nagano jp, skiing in japan, overnight bus: Dear Adrian, Please see this photo to see your Katakana/Hiragana names. I captured screen of my sentences about this. http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4287737113&code=8283541&mode=invite The URL you indicated was the top page of the site, but...

Japan: skiiing in Japan, nagano jp, skiing in japan
nagano jp, skiing in japan, overnight bus: Dear Adrian, I m glad that you could see your names. As for tickets, terms and conditions, etc, as far as I see this web page, http://www.travex.co.jp/fromto/gotobacktokyo.htm you only have to bring Reservation Confirmation Sheet to the Travex Tour...

Japan: skiiing in Japan, nagano jp, translation engine
nagano jp, translation engine, bus plan: Dear Adrian, I saw your graphic on imagestation site, and I m afraid I think that the travex staff might not be able to reply to you. For me, your sentence means: I ll arrive on Feb 27 and leave on Mar 2. I ll travel from Hong Kong. I d like to...

Japan: skiiing in Japan, japanese writings, jacucci
japanese writings, jacucci, travex: Dear Adrian, I understand that you didn t send that email to them. Tonight I got a reply from travex.co.jp. They sent me email back. Please see the 2nd graphic of this album. I captured it and uploaded here as 2nd photo. http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4287737113&code=8322720&mode=invite...

Japan: skiiing in Japan, highway bus, bus web
highway bus, bus web, skiiing: Hi Adrian, I received your quesiton. I m sorry I haven t been skiing these 5 years, so my information might be old, but I will answer by searching web sites and updating my memory. Several years ago, any ski resorts were crowded, but I heard that...

Japan: sleeping, kerosene heater, kotatsu
kerosene heater, kotatsu, circular fashion: Hi Don, I did not see the arrangement, but I can surmise what she used was a kotatsu, or leg warmer -- typically Japanese do not sleep in this fashion. Most Japanese sleep using a kerosene heater, or more modern places use electric air conditioners. ...

Japan: slurping, japanese person, english teaching
japanese person, english teaching, leeway: Hi Jeff, In this case your writers are correct. It is to show the cook that it is delicious. However, while it is custom, Japanese give a lot of leeway to non-Japanese who don t follow their customs to the letter. Japanese though would be expected...

Japan: slurping, google search, japanese person
google search, japanese person, definitive answer: Jeff, What a very interesting question! Unfortunately, I don t think there s one definitive answer out there. (Do a Google search for Japan slurp noodle and you ll see it s certainly a topic mentioned frequently.) To directly answer one question, I very...

Japan: What to do and where to stay for a short stay, takashimaya dept store, tokyu hands
takashimaya dept store, tokyu hands, tokyo airport: Dear Jason, I received your question. Considering your stay is only 3 nights/4 days and you ll arrive at Tokyo airport, I d recommend you to stay at Tokyo for 3 nights and visit places from your accommodation. Of course, for example, Kyoto is only 2 hours...

Japan: Where to stay in Tokyo?, youth hostels in japan, hostels in japan
youth hostels in japan, hostels in japan, jyh: Kin, Well, it s pretty difficult to stay in Tokyo at all and call it inexpensive. You don t have many options, especially for such a short period of time. However, your best choice may be to consider staying at Youth Hostels. These are sort of like dorm...

Japan: student or cheap accommodations, japan guide, cheap accommodations
japan guide, cheap accommodations, jyh: Dear Katherine, Yes, yes, yes! Japan, in my opinion, is a very backpacking-friendly country. The people are very friendly, and it s reasonably safe. Plus, there isn t nearly the incidence of scary hitchhikers as we have here in the U.S. (^_-) Japan...

Japan: subways, busses, cabs etc, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, giant screen tvs: Hi Karen, You can get around the whole city of Tokyo by subway, and it is not too hard to figure out. You can find a Tokyo subway map at http://soli.inav.net/~ceicher/images/TokyoSubways.jpg and other major city subway maps at http://www.reed.edu/~reyn/transport.html...

Japan: suitable gift for hosts, suitable gift, pastel artist
suitable gift, pastel artist, individual gifts: Congratulations! Is she native to Japan? If she is (and by the way you asked, it seems so), then I think a tribute to her culture would be greatly appreciated. I think her family will treasure it. Come to think of it, they would probably enjoy it even if...

Japan: symbolic images., cherry blossom tree, cherry blossum tree
cherry blossom tree, cherry blossum tree, japanese language study: Dear michael, Thank you very much for your your question. I m really glad that you have interest in Japanese culture. However, I m sorry that I don t think that cherry blossom tree s character means gravity of live or the image of a carp means strength...

Japan: Taking mistresses, thailand prostitution, sex acts
thailand prostitution, sex acts, western men: Dear Cierra Wow! That is a tough one! I have read/heard that it is/was very common for buisnessmen to take mistresses or visit places that provide sex acts when they are married. Is this still a common practice today? I THINK this is relative....

Japan: Tanabata Festival, miyagi prefecture, jr tokaido line
miyagi prefecture, jr tokaido line, nagasaki city: Hi Kammasit 35,000 yen will not get you very far. This is the main problem. For travel you could use the special JR ticket (you have to buy 5, and it costs about 10,000. One ticket gives you one day of UNLIMITED travel on JR LOCAL trains. It takes a long...

Japan: Tatebayashi Japan, yen coins, japan maps
yen coins, japan maps, western dishes: Hi Miriam, There is a Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture in Japan, but I guess there could be some other small towns in some other part of the country; just as there is a famous city Nashville in Tenessee as well as a tiny town of the same name in Georgia....

Japan: Teaching English in Japan, yen coins, teaching english in japan
yen coins, teaching english in japan, schools in japan: Hi Asha, The salary quote you give should be enough for you to live reasonably comfortably, especially if the school is taking care of your rent and transportation. How much you can save however depends a lot on where you will be, and how much you choose...

Japan: Thank's = ), japan rail ticket, shukubo
japan rail ticket, shukubo, tokyo time: Dear Claudia, I really felt relieved to hear that your preparation is going well. And his friend will help you a lot by his living experience, I think. As for Osaka/Kobe temple stay, we call the temple stay or simple accommodation itself in temple ...

Japan: Three-week itinerary, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, osaka castle: Hi, No, I don t think it is too ambitious at all. But if I were you I would try to budget a bit more time in Kyoto, as well as a full day in Nara, which should not be missed. Also you could spend a full day in Kamakura as well, with perhaps some time in...

Japan: Tofu Freezing and Storage, tofu dishes, pound containers
tofu dishes, pound containers, plastic container: Hi, For the fridge after opening a container I would have it eaten within a week or so, to be on the safe side. You can freeze it, but I think it will affect it after it is thawed. Generally, tofu is not frozen, unless you have no other choice. Many...

Japan: Tofu Freezing and Storage, tofu dishes, frozen tofu
tofu dishes, frozen tofu, pound containers: Hello! I m sorry I don t have a lot of expertise on tofu, but I ve done a little bit of research on it for you. According to http://www.quonghop.com/whatistofu.htm: If you want to store it in the refrigerator (which you can do for up to 7 days), cover...

Japan: No Toilet Paper?, subway stations, toilet paper
subway stations, toilet paper, low maintenance: Yep, it s true. It s most common in extremely public and low-maintenance places like subway stations. Other public places like hotels and so forth would, of course, stock toilet paper. To make up for this, most people commonly carry a small packet of tissues....

Japan: Tokyo accomodations, mdn mainichi, conversation lessons
mdn mainichi, conversation lessons, japantimes: Hi Kevin I would suggest: 1) Post an Ad in Japanese ENglish ON-LINE Papers http://www.japantimes.co.jp/ http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/ They have free Classifieds. 2) Try and find a group that suits you on line: For example by...

Japan: Tokyo accomodations, tokyo area, tctv
tokyo area, tctv, homestays: Dear Kevin, Thank you very much for your question. As for homestay, I couldn t find appropriate ones, so how about homevisit? http://www.shinjukubunka.or.jp/homevisit/homevisit_e.html It looks nice. And if you d like to experience japanese style of life,...

Japan: Tokyo Dome, Touganeya and the Beach, super sentai, tv asahi
super sentai, tv asahi, tokyo dome: Dear Dairenn Lombard, Thank you very much for additional information. I checked with this web site, http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/cgi-bin/schedule/User/hero_top/schedule-hero_top.cgi and I think that this site is about shows of Tokuso Sentai Dekarenjaa...

Japan: Tokyo hotels, discount travel agencies, new otani
discount travel agencies, new otani, trip to tokyo: I have a couple of suggestions. Check out www.asia-hotels.com. I like this one because there are some reviews from previous guests. The prices are fair. Other Asian discount travel agencies are www.asiatravel.com and www.planetholiday.com. The only...

Japan: Tokyo housing, tight quarters, apartment listings
tight quarters, apartment listings, avalibility: OK, well, that s pretty broad. I ll see what I can do. First off, living there is pretty neat. Speaking specifically of housing, it s very tight quarters. If you re from the U.S., really anywhere other than New York city, you ll find that the size of the...

Japan: What to Do IN Tokyo In March, nikko city, meiji jingu
nikko city, meiji jingu, palace tokyo: Dear Michael, Hello, and I am sorry for my late reply. I set my returning date for allexperts from my vacation wrong (I just returned home and read your question day before yesterday). About the hotel, there are many western hotels like Sheraton...

Japan: Tokyo-Nara, rail fare calculator, overnight buses
rail fare calculator, overnight buses, grace hyperdia: Hi, To go from Tokyo to Nara by bullet train, you can take the bullet train to Kyoto and change trains to go to Nara. From Kyoto to Nara takes about 45 minutes, and the whole trip takes about 4 hours. For rail fares, just go to Google and do a search for...

Japan: Tokyo to Sapporo, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, yen coins: Hi Sharon, There are overnight trains; but you would need to contact JR East to see if you can interrupt your trip for a stopover in Sendai. You also might look at http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Cove/5750/ for some useful info. Actually, if...

Japan: Tokyo Sightseeing, giant screen tvs, tokyo sightseeing
giant screen tvs, tokyo sightseeing, pedestrian crossings: Hi Mita, Well, every October Tokyo has its Kiku Kuyo or Chrysanthemum festival, if you would like to go see that. You can easily find more info on it in if you google it. For what to see in Tokyo depends on what you like. A good photo collection at...

Japan: Tokyo and surroundings, tokyo narita airport, kimi ryokan
tokyo narita airport, kimi ryokan, tsukiji fish market: Hi Michael, As far as some traditional crafts go, you might look at various organizations as to meetings or events. There is a list at http://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp/english/tra/de_list.html Contacting those that interest you directly should give...

Japan: Tokyo, trafic signals, traffic signals
trafic signals, traffic signals, dear sir: Hello, ralph. Who told you that there is no traffic signals in Japan (or in Tokyo)?! There are so so so many trafic signals in Tokyo. I never counted, but I assume there are a lot more signals compare to NY city or LA, or any cities in US. -max...

Japan: Tomonori Mizoguchi, steve battisti, enormous city
steve battisti, enormous city, personal preference: Hi Ken, Unfortunately, I don t think I ll be able to help you out with this, for a few reasons. First, Mizoguchi is not a common surname, but it s also not terribly rare, and Osaka is an enormous city, especially if you include the surrounding areas....

Japan: Tosashimizu and the JSDF, jsdf, city photos
jsdf, city photos, english homepage: Hi Zack Would it be safe to assume you are from New Bedford, Alasaka? If you are refering to Tosashimizu in Kochi prefercture. It is a VERY small town in a minor prefecture (THINK, STATE OF MAINE) and there are no English web pages. I have looked at a...

Japan: "Tour" travel to Tokyo & Kyoto, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, japan rail pass: Hi Linda, I have been on some tours of Kyoto and the like, and if it wasn t the same as being in some military boot camp it was pretty close. At the end of the day all the temples and shrines in Kyoto were like a blur and it was hard telling one from...

Japan: Touring in Japan During Obon, shogatsu, obon
shogatsu, obon, distant relatives: Hi Russell Let me begin by apologizing for the delay in getting back to you. I was away (China) for a few days and FORGOT to set my preferences to away on holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience that may have caused you. As for your question... My gut...

Japan: Touring Japan in the Winter, yen coins, himeji castle
yen coins, himeji castle, matsumoto japan: Hi, Winter weather in Japan in those areas is rarely any problem. Just make sure you have a warm jacket etc. and you should be fine. There could be some trouble in the Alps if it snows at that time; I don t have enough info on where you are going or what...

Japan: Touring Japan, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, tokyo narita airport: Hi Karen, A lot depends on what you want to see of course, but I would stay in the Tokyo area for about 3-4 days and put the rest of your time into Kansai (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Hyogo), and if you are up for it, take a trip down to Hiroshima for a night....

Japan: Tours or no?, mt fuji, visiting japan
mt fuji, visiting japan, brother lives: Hi, I recommend going on your own -- it is not hard to navigate Japan, the JR Pass can save a lot of money, and only you know best what you are interested in -- develop a custom plan you want to see, and go for it. There are many sites that can help you...

Japan: Train Travel, change trains, odawara
change trains, odawara, bullet train: Hi, You should be able to take a bullet train from Kyoto to Odawara in about 3 hours, or take a bullet train to Yokohama, change trains, and go straight to Odawara. From there, I am not sure about how to get to the Hilton, if close you could walk or if...

Japan: Translation, japanese answer, animation files
japanese answer, animation files, okane: Dear Kennedy, Thank you for your question. Frankly speaking, your friend (?) would be a quite wordy person. I ll translate the phrase you gave me word-by-word. Matamata might have a couple of meanings -- this is a repeated style of mata , which means...

Japan: Translation, rough translation, true bottom
rough translation, true bottom, bottom panel: Hi Phoebe, Sorry for the delay on this... Here s a quick, rough translation: Top right Panel Girl #1: I can t stand that teacher. Girl #2: Why? He seems nice enough. A little noisy though. Top left panel Girl #1 Thought Box: How can he sit there...

Japan: Translation, phrase by phrase, male companions
phrase by phrase, male companions, english phrase: Dear Ms Phoebe, Thank you very much for your question. This might be a page of a Japanese cartoon for teenage girls. Anyway, I will write in English phrase by phrase basis from the top right to the bottom left. ------------------------- Girl A:...

Japan: Translation please, amazon, taaa
amazon, taaa, katakana: The top text says, mi-sa-taaa su-paaaa-cu-ru (read as Mister Supercool) Homer s bubble says ha-wa ku-riiii-n (Hawer Clean) It is a mistake, it should say Power Clean but the first letter (katakana) needs a mark after it to change the HA to PA...

Japan: Translation, japanese answer, japanese person
japanese answer, japanese person, slang: Well, I have to say that it s either incorrectly written, or it s written in some kind of slang, because I can t understand it at all. However, part of this may be the lack of context. Can you tell me a bit about the conversation that resulted in this answer?...

Japan: Transportation down to and around Izu Penn., japan rail pass, solo traveller
japan rail pass, solo traveller, europe by train: Dear Sevilla, Thank you for your question. I think that you ve already well informed and decided what you d like to do in Japan. As for Izu peninsula or Hakone, I think that your decision is quite right -- in May, it would be very confortable there....

Japan: Transportation down to and around Izu Penn., japan rail pass, solo traveller
japan rail pass, solo traveller, europe by train: Hi Sevilla, I thought Hakone and the Izu penninsula would be a good area to explore. Nice area. Ive heard the Japan rail pass is a good deal, but do you think its a good idea if Im only travelling in such a small area, and to small towns...

Japan: Transportation, nagoya airport, google search
nagoya airport, google search, hired car: Helen, I m terribly sorry, but I have never been to Nagoya. You are right that it is not easy to find English speakers in Japan and a van with driver might be more convenient than the train. Perhaps you should do a google search under Nagoya Ground Transport....

Japan: Travel itinerary during Obon week, national tourist organization, japan national tourist organization
national tourist organization, japan national tourist organization, japan national tourist: Hi, I don t know where you are or where you want to go, but if you have not seen the country set and would like to see the place, you could see the Kansai area for example, which could easily fill up a week -- Kyoto is the cultural jewel of the country,...

Japan: Travel in Japan, public transport system, private railroads
public transport system, private railroads, tentative itinerary: Lina, I like your itinerary. It is very Japanese, but easy to do by train. If you buy the 14 day rail pass but don t start using it until the end of your Tokyo stay, you won t need to rent a car. They sell you this MCO and then when you get to Japan you...

Japan: Travel in Japan, kimi ryokan, japan rail pass
kimi ryokan, japan rail pass, nara area: Hi, If you are going all over the place in Japan between Tokyo and Kyoto, then it may behoove you to get a one-week Japan rail pass, which you have to get before you go to Japan. Then you are not limited to travel. But if you just want to see the Kanto...

Japan: Travel in Japan during Obon, public holidays in japan, asia pacific region
public holidays in japan, asia pacific region, travel in japan: Sir: I think you are just looking at the wrong hotels. One thing to do is to switch your Tokyo and Kyoto dates. I don t know what level hotel you are looking for. There could be a large international conference that has booked a lot of hotel rooms. August...

Japan: Travel in Japan, long train ride, japan rail pass
long train ride, japan rail pass, jr trains: Hi. The price for the rail pass for 7 days and the total of the two tickets total about the same. The Narita Express costs about $30 each way. The one way fare Tokyo/Kyoto is about $132 each way. I ll let you do the conversion to Yen and decide if your...

Japan: Travel to Kyoto -- hotels and places to see, tourist information center, bright sunny day
tourist information center, bright sunny day, reasonable hotel: SIR: Sorry for the delay. I strongly suggest you go to a book shop and get a short-stay guide that focuses strictly on Kyoto. There are several good ones, and although my 3 day trip is sort of a blur, Kyoto is built on a grid and it is easy to locate...

Japan: Travel to Nagoya & Tokyo in Dec, don quihote, kabukicho
don quihote, kabukicho, english index: Hi, If you are looking into a rail pass, I would suggest visiting www.japanrailpass.net. Look into either the full country pass if you are going all over or a JR East Pass if you are staying around Tokyo. Most large stations have lockers where you can...

Japan: Travel Questions, japanese arcades, trip to tokyo
japanese arcades, trip to tokyo, japanese department: It s going to be expensive to call home any way you go about it. And unless your cell phone is a specific type, it won t work in Japan. I think it s something about the towers being on different frequencies. Check into that, though. I used a phone card bought...

Japan: Traveling to Japan with an infant, karate tournament, traveling in japan
karate tournament, traveling in japan, web japan: Hi Jeannie, Sounds like a nice time to visit Japan. There is baby formula in Japan, but it is a different brand. There are no restrictions that I am aware of about bringing formula to Japan. http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/ is a great resource. Nagoya,...

Japan: Travellers Cheques, nz dollars, osaka
nz dollars, osaka, yen: Stephen, Honestly, neither! Traveller s Cheques are a huge pain to use in Japan. They re difficult to cash, and are only accepted at really international hotels and banks. I would bring cash and credit cards. In particular, it helps to have a major credit...

Japan: Travelling to Japan, full time job, osaka japan
full time job, osaka japan, travelling to japan: Hi Melanie Glad to hear that you are so enthusiastic about Japan. I am also Canadian, and cmae here after University - and never left. If you would email me directly at : plutes@mes.co.jp and send me your email address- I can answer your questions...

Japan: Trip To Japan, currency comparison, dollar fare
currency comparison, dollar fare, tokyo japan: Byron, OK, I have a minute to write. Japan is an excellent place to visit. It s also a tremendously safe place, so one thing you don t have to worry about are safety precautions. Of course, anyone travelling internationally these days should still be...

Japan: Trip To Japan, jr trains, currency comparison
jr trains, currency comparison, cultural etiquette: Byron, There is not a lot to do differently about being a tourist in Japan. Japan is a lot more expensive in many respects but if you know where to look you can still see the place on a budget. You don t say how long your trip is, but I will try and give...

Japan: Trip To Japan, currency comparison, dollar fare
currency comparison, dollar fare, tokyo japan: Hi Byron What, relating to Japan, do I need to take into mind that I wouldn t have to think of for anywhere else? What tips do you have? Basically, Japan is VERY expensive. English is not widely understood(outside of big cities) , though you will...

Japan: Trying to Plan a trip to Japan, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, japan rail pass: Hi-- In answer to your questions, there are several books made, such as that from Lonely Planet or Moon Books, which are highly rated, but sometimes have some outdated info. Actually you don t need to by any book; there is tons of info on line, such...

Japan: tattoo, true personality, mother tongue
true personality, mother tongue, uploaded images: Dear Derek, I m afraid that you might not receive my answer because of some emails trouble of the experts server, so I m sending this again. I thought you should have accessed the uploaded images if you received, but there was no access in the imagestation...

Japan: do you think I'll ever go to Japan, japanese laugh, american soil
japanese laugh, american soil, genuine respect: Well, let me give you a few thoughts. First, let s focus on Japan and ignore your parents. First and foremost, you ve heard completely wrong about the Japanese. In fact, the Japanese are incredibly receptive and friendly towards foreigners who even try...

Japan: time difference, western hemisphere countries, timezone settings
western hemisphere countries, timezone settings, daily savings time: Rachel It depends which timezone you are in and whether Daily Savings Time is on. Assume that you are in New York (EST) today, 2/13/2003. New York is 14 hours behind Tokyo so at 9:00 am it is 11:00 pm in Japan. If you are CST, +1 hour = 15 hours...

Japan: tokyo accomodations, japanese style inns, gojapan
japanese style inns, gojapan, digsville: Hi Kevin, So sorry for the slow response. I m normally much quicker than this, but my son has been ill. Anyway, I think you re likely to face difficulty finding homestays for short visits. To my knowledge, homestays are most commonly offered for longer-term...

Japan: tokyo restaurants, hotel new ohtani, tokyo restaurants
hotel new ohtani, tokyo restaurants, kobe beef: Hello, Yammi. I love Sashimi (or Sushi) so much, too! The very very good, but most expensive one is in Hotel New Ohtani in Akasaka-Mitsuke, Tokyo. You can find the information on New Ohtani s Web as below; http://www1.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/Restaurants/JapaneseCuisine/index.htm...

Japan: tourism, enormous city, sir robert
enormous city, sir robert, best places: Rawa, Let me ask you a question instead: what sorts of things are interesting to you? Tokyo is an enormous city; there are so many things you could do, but it depends on what you enjoy. Sports? Computers? Cultural activities? History? Give me an idea...

Japan: tourism, traditional japanese inns, tsukiji fish market
traditional japanese inns, tsukiji fish market, kimi ryokan: Hi, As for Tokyo, go see Sensoji (in Asakusa), one of the best temples in Tokyo with its great Pagoda, also Akihabara for electronics, Meiji Jingu, and if you re there on a Sunday, go to Harajuku (next to Meiji Jingu) to see the weird youth and...

Japan: translation, love poem, real option
love poem, real option, fabric: Hmm. Well, I suppose the best way would be if you have access to scanner somehow, you could scan the picture and e-mail it to me at steve@battisti.us. I think that s about the only real option, since describing the characters is likely to be more effort than...

Japan: translator, translator interpreter, hi thanks
translator interpreter, hi thanks, proz com: Hi, thanks for the question. Unsurprisingly, the costs for interpreters can vary widely, and also depends on the languages involved. My recommendation would be to consider requesting quotes from several sources. For example, http://www.proz.com is an...

Japan: travel in japan for not first timers, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, japan photo gallery: Hi, Well, if you have seen everything in those areas already, you could go farther south or north; or to see the five lakes and Mt. Fuji, some famous hot springs in areas like Kusatsu or in Kyushu (Yufuin, Beppu, etc), as well as Nagasaki or Okinawa. ...

Japan: travel to japan, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, kimi ryokan: Hi Derrick, Renting a hotel room can be cheap to wildly expensive--it depends on where it is, how big, the facilities, etc. But for a few cheaper hotels look at http://www.e-hoteljapan.com http://www.japanhotel.net http://www.eryokan.co.jp http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english.htm...

Japan: travel to OKAYAMA and shikoku, kurashiki, shikoku
kurashiki, shikoku, old buildings: Hi, Both places are more rural and more off the beaten track, but can provide a new look at Japan if that is what you are looking for. Some of the more famous places are Bizen, known for its pottery, Tsuyama, for its history, Kurashiki for its parks and...

Japan: travel question, lonely planet guide, sapporo ice festival
lonely planet guide, sapporo ice festival, japanese psyche: Douglas, I m not going to be of much help. The thing about airfares is this, There are rarely any cheap airfares for trips leaving Japan. This is because Japan is a rich country and most of the travelers are businessmen. Their companies are paying. As...

Japan: travel, city subway maps, tokyo subway map
city subway maps, tokyo subway map, kimi ryokan: Hi Scott, You didn t give me any info on where in Japan you plan to go, and it is a very long country. But if possible and you d like to see a number of different places, I would suggest you get a JR Rail Pass which allows you to ride any JR train in the...

Japan: traveling and sightseeing, izu peninsula, oshima island
izu peninsula, oshima island, metropolis japantoday: Dear Myriam, http://metropolis.japantoday.com/tokyotravel/tokyojapantravelarchive349/323/tokyojapantravelinc.htm has interesting information on going to Oshima. I enjoyed a trip to Oshima several years ago. It is fun to rent a bike and tour the island...

Japan: traveling tokyo, living in september, japan tokyo
living in september, japan tokyo, japanese property: Well, unfortunately, this may be much more difficult than you think. It will be VERY hard for a foreigner to rent an apartment. Most apartments in Japan require at least a 12-month commitment, and most Japanese property-owners will not rent to students or...

Japan: travelling alone in Japan, city subway maps, kanto area
city subway maps, kanto area, kansai area: Hi, Well, a lot depends on where you plan to go, and if that includes transportation costs, etc. Travel in Japan can be quite high, and you can save a lot if you get a JR Pass before you go. It is certainly safe to travel alone for you; far better than...

Japan: travelling to japan on our own, tokyo yokohama, tokyo disneyland
tokyo yokohama, tokyo disneyland, travelling to japan: Sorry for the delay, there seems top be a problem with the allexperts site as I did not recieve this message: Anyway, Hotels Really depends on your budget. If money is no object, stay at a a hotel on the grounds (about 60-80,000 per night) Ouch, what...

Japan: trditional rols for japanese men, dear emma, final decisions
dear emma, final decisions, rols: Dear emma, Thank you very much for your question. It s hard to answer, but I ll try my best. Traditionally, men should earn money etc to support their families. Women are to support them. Men, especially the eldest men in the family, have the right...

Japan: I tried!!!, japanese inns, kangi
japanese inns, kangi, room breakfast: Dear Claudia, I phoned another pension (=we call a small family-operated inn pension usually) named Ekuresia just now and they have availability. http://www.cosmos.ne.jp/~ekuresia/index.html http://www.ishigaki.com/ekuresia/ekuresia.htm If you turn...

Japan: Ube, Japan, ube japan, kokusai
ube japan, kokusai, detailed guide: Hi, Ube City has about 180,000 residents now, and it was first incorporated as a city in 1920. For a detailed guide to their history as well as why the city is called such, I suggest you contact their city government directly at: kokusai@city.ube.yamaguchi.jp...

Japan: Using 18 Kippu on Moonlight Nagara, yokoso japan, japan fare
yokoso japan, japan fare, train conductor: Hi, Well, since you are living in Japan, that excludes you from the cheaper flights on JAL. But you might be able to still get the cheaper flights on ANA. I would look at their website at www.ana.co.jp and go to the bottom for the link to the English...

Japan: can u give a sample itenineray SHOPPING PARADISE IN japan?, tokyo guide, gojapan
tokyo guide, gojapan, yodobashi: Hi, It depends of course what you are shopping for of course. If it is electrnics, then Akihabara is the place to go -- with some very good stores near Shinjuku Station like Sakuraiya and Yodobashi. If it is for youth clothes and things, try Harajuku, Aoyama...

Japan: universities.., universities in japan, education in japan
universities in japan, education in japan, seinan: Hi Kal, Actually, I received my graduate degree from a Japanese university. All the classes for me though were in Japanese. Yes, there are some universities in Japan that offer classes in Enlgish. As to what they offer in terms of Master s Degrees,...

Japan: use of oneechan for twins, oneechan, imouto
oneechan, imouto, dear jane: Dear Jane, Thank you for your question. Yes, you re right -- in Japan, we use oneechan to call an elder sister, and even if the difference is only a minute, we differenciate the twin sisters. But in many cases of twins, other people like friends or...

Japan: Vagueness of Japanese Businessmen, japanese businessmen, disserations
japanese businessmen, disserations, societal pressure: Hi James, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, there are entire disserations written about that topic, so I doubt I m going to be able to shed much light on it with just this reply. :) But, in a very broad sense, Japan as a society is traditionally...

Japan: VISA, visa waivers, country visa
visa waivers, country visa, visa types: Hi Alaa I want to visit Japan only to see my Girl friend so what I should to peapare for VISA It depends on where you are from (nationality). Please visit the below links for visa info for your country. NO VISA COUNTRY (Visa Waivers) http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/02.html#a...

Japan: Visa Check Card in Japan?, visa check card, visa mastercard american express
visa check card, visa mastercard american express, atm debit card: Jessica, Your card doesn t have to be in **all** those networks; just ONE. If you see their logo on the back of your card, then you are all set. You can find more info at http://www.yu-cho.japanpost.jp/e_a0000000/index.htm You will probably be...

Japan: Visa's, working holiday visa, visa entry
working holiday visa, visa entry, lol thanks: Hi Renee Must be your lucky day! I have the unique distinction of being the first of two people (ever) to have gotten 4 workinh holidays LOL. But unfortuneately for you, it is NEXT to impossible to get a second one now. +It true I should not tell them...

Japan: Visa tied up to job, immigration offices, work visa
immigration offices, work visa, open to interpretation: Hi alex Sorry to hear about your job situation. (JOB FROM HELL) This may or may not be the case. The first thing that I would do is to ask immigration. (The rules are open to interpretation, but generally, if you quit, you get a new job and when you visa...

Japan: Visiting Japan in January--where to start?, tokyo narita airport, sawanoya ryokan
tokyo narita airport, sawanoya ryokan, japanese style inn: Dear Ms Napa Nikolaus, I received your question. I hope my answer would help your planning. Firstly, as for the place to start your trip in Japan, I recommend Tokyo. This is because your trip is in January, which is winter here in Japan and it might...

Japan: Visiting Japan--where to start?, downtown tokyo, visiting japan
downtown tokyo, visiting japan, japanese inn: Hello: I can answer some of your questions, First of all, Tokyo is very safe.e is virtually no crime. There are some neighborhoods that are richer than others, but there are no bad areas or neighborhoods to avoid. I know nothing about budget accommodations....

Japan: vegetables, steve battisti, best bet
steve battisti, best bet, train station: Piggy, Atsuki is a pretty general term. I believe there are multiple places named Atsuki in Japan. Where, specifically, will you be? On the other hand, the answer probably won t change too much. Almost anywhere in Japan has relatively easy access...

Japan: vegetarian in Yokohama, kimi ryokan, japan rail pass
kimi ryokan, japan rail pass, shrek watta house: Hi Flora, You can find a number of vegetarian restaurants in guides like www.bento.com as well as www.jpvs.org/ep/rest.html and www.vegdining.com/GetRestList.cfm?rgk=AS-JAP and http://www.chefmoz.org/Japan/Yokohama/ It is very easy to buy fruits...

Japan: vegetarianism, veggie dishes, jr train
veggie dishes, jr train, rice balls: Hi Nicole, As far as Tokyo goes there is a pretty good number of restaurants that are vegetarian. See for example http://www.bento.com/r-veg.asp For other areas you might look at The Japan Vegetarian Society database at at http://www.jpvs.org/ep/ep1/eat.html...

Japan: visa issues, japanese embassy in los angeles, visa exemption
japanese embassy in los angeles, visa exemption, www mofa go jp: Hi Alfred, You did not state your nationality so I can t give you a specific answer. But nearly all English speaking countries have a visa exemption arrangement with Japan, as well as major European countries. If you are from the 3rd World you will probably...

Japan: visa, traveling in japan, trip to tokyo
traveling in japan, trip to tokyo, nationality: Dear Brent, Thank you very much for your question and I m very sorry that I replied this late. I was on a holiday and forgot to change my status to holiday before going. Anyway, I cannot say for sure anything until I learn what is your nationality,...

Japan: visit city near Tokyo, japan defense agency, letter combinations
japan defense agency, letter combinations, tateyama: Dear William Thank you for your email message. In general, the Japanese SDF is very helpful (so I have heard) particularly with WW2 US Servicemen. I would suggest that you start with them. Their ENGLISH email address is: info@jda.go.jp jda is...

Japan: visitng a school, ed teachers, ed program
ed teachers, ed program, special ed: First of all, I think it is very honorable what your mother and you do. Special education must be rewarding! I m not sure what means you have gone through to try to contact a school, but I suggest you try to contact any area schools you can and ask if they...

Japan: Wakayama city, wakayama city, north asia
wakayama city, north asia, matsuyama: I m really sorry but I am not going to be of much help. I ve not been to eiither place. When I lived in Japan I was in Tokyo. I talked to quite a few English teachers and most people wanted to either be in Tokyo or a smaller city. There are plusses and minuses...

Japan: Weather in Bato-Machi and Osuka, shizuoka city, japan weather
shizuoka city, japan weather, weather page: Hi Jason, Well, Osuka is in Shizuoka, and Bato is in Tochigi - the weather for the whole area is more or less the same. If you see a weather report for clouds, they usually travel from west to east and south to north - so if it is cloudy in Kyushu it will...

Japan: Web sites, hakone hotels, itcj
hakone hotels, itcj, searchtown: Dear Anthony, I received your question. About accommodations in Hakone area, how about this web site: http://www.hakone.or.jp/shuku.html This is the official web site of Hakone Town s tourism association. Unfortunately there seems to be no English...

Japan: Weddings, steve battisti, japanese weddings
steve battisti, japanese weddings, girl from japan: Hi Chelle, I m very sorry for the delay in responding, it s been a crazy week! In a traditional Japanese wedding, the bride s family usually pays for new furniture including electrical goods and the bride and groom s families share the wedding expenses....

Japan: Whirlwind Trip to Japan, tokyo disneysea, jr train
tokyo disneysea, jr train, ryoken: Hi Ron, You write you have been to Japan before several times, so I am not sure if my ideas will be anything new to you. Plus, I am not sure what you want to see/do; and they might be different than what your kids find interesting. At any rate, Disneysea...

Japan: White Bear?, valentine s day, teddybear
valentine s day, teddybear, japanese culture: Hi Nelson, I have never heard of anyone giving a white teddybear for any special occasion. There is nothing wrong in it though, so if that is what she d like, then by all means go ahead. White as far as young people go only has a special meaning for...

Japan: Words, pen pal japan, google
pen pal japan, google, japanese lessons: Hi Khara, Glad to hear that you are interested in Japan. I am sorry that I cannot teach you (I am actually an English teacher) . But there are many resources on the internet. Try Google , for on-line Japanese lessons, also try to get a Japanese email -...

Japan: Working Holiday Visa in Japan, working holiday visa, work visa
working holiday visa, work visa, working visa: Hi, You can t actually convert a Working Holiday visa into a regular work visa -- but it does get you into Japan, and where the jobs are, and that makes it a lot easier than trying to get one from scratch from outside Japan. However, for the WH visa,...

Japan: Working Holiday Visa, working holiday visa, gaijin houses
working holiday visa, gaijin houses, japan prefectures: Hi Rose, Assuming you will be in the Tokyo area, finding a job is not really too hard -- of course finding a really good job is a lot tougher. (You might not find out until long after that ink on the contract is dry as well...). For most, teaching English...

Japan: Working Holiday Visas, working holiday visa, jp canada
working holiday visa, jp canada, workingholiday: Hi, It seems to me they used to have such a requirement for a degree, but not anymore (but it could vary from country to country). On the Canada page for example st http://www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/canada_e/VisaTravel/workingholiday.html there is no such...

Japan: Writing to host club(2), snail mail, rotary clubs
snail mail, rotary clubs, rotary club: Dear Cierra, I found their web site: http://www2.ocn.ne.jp/~urawa-e/ and their email is urawaras@green.ocn.ne.jp I think that they don t mind if they receive email or snail mail. However, this is my personal opinion, but sending snail mail would be...

Japan: Writing to host club, saitama prefecture, arigato gozaimasu
saitama prefecture, arigato gozaimasu, foreign exchange student: Dear Cierra, I received your question. I think that postal mail would be much better than email or fax. As for writing letters in Japanese, I searched web sites and found this page: http://japanese.about.com/library/weekly/aa101401a.htm However, if...

Japan: I wanted to visit my Boyfriend, okinawa japan, nationality
okinawa japan, nationality, visa: Hi Charito, Well, it depends on your nationality. If you re from the U.S., you won t need a visa if you re staying less than 90 days. You can find more detailed information here: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/ Especially the chart here:...

Japan: weather, bright sunny days, long underwear
bright sunny days, long underwear, cold nights: Usually December is dry and cool. There are usually bright sunny days and cool to cold nights. You will surely need a winter coat but it is unlikely that you would need a scarf, gloves and long underwear. The really cold days usually don t come until January...

Japan: wedding speech, japanese weddings, wedding question
japanese weddings, wedding question, japanese speech: Danny, First off, the white tie thing isn t critical. As a foreigner, you catch a break anyway. But, if you want to go with the flow, you can get the white ties at most any department store in Japan. More overall good info on Japanese wedding here: ...

Japan: A week in Japan for the first time visitor, kansai airport, kyoto area
kansai airport, kyoto area, cheap lunch: Hi Vishal, 8 days won t be enough to see everything but it will give you a chance to cover the best spots. I d definitely get a 7 day JR Rail Pass. While in Tokyo you can also get a one day subway pass for some lines for 750 yen or all of the lines for...

Japan: withdrawing money at ATMS, japan rail pass, japanpost
japan rail pass, japanpost, occasional work: Hi, With regards to withdrawing money; I really have no info on what your bank policies are, so unfortunately I can t say. You ll need to call them up for that. Japanese Post Offices don t charge any big fees for using their ATMs, and you will also get...

Japan: How do you ..., kadai language, english alphabet
kadai language, english alphabet, phonetic spelling: Shari, Well, technically, there is no such thing as Siamese . We (in the U.S. at least) refer to it as Thai . There s really no link between the two, that I am aware of. Thai is considered part of the Tai group of the Tai-Kadai language family, while...

Japan: About..., japanese ninja, shell world
japanese ninja, shell world, wepon: Hi! I m so sorry for the delay, I completely missed the notice that you had asked me a question! Ninjutsu (the art of the ninja) is an ancient art, and one that is still practiced today, although not as widely as other martial arts like karate. Your...

Japan: Yen, yen coin, night in tokyo
yen coin, night in tokyo, budget type: Hi Finn, I received your question. Well, wealthiness and how much is a lot of money might depend on person and situation very much --- someone would think 100 yen is small but the same person might think 100 yen as very valuable amount when he seeks last...

Japan: Yorimasa, heike monogatari, japanese hero
heike monogatari, japanese hero, japanese verse: Dear ShawnB, I received your question. This time it s hard and I searched web sites, then found this page: http://fukuoka.cool.ne.jp/fleche_bizen/yorimasa.htm I believe that his name is Minamotono Yorimasa. Born in 1104 and died in 1180. Minamoto...

Japanese Culture: Japanese school year, autumn vacation, weather in tokyo
autumn vacation, weather in tokyo, graduation ceremony: Hello John, The Japanese school year starts in April and ends in March of the following year. We have a series of national holidays called Golden Week in Japan, which runs from April 29 to May 5, and school children get those days off also. On July...

Japanese Culture: Shrines, shrines, martial art
shrines, martial art, martial arts: Shrines are usually a symbol of a God, therefore when someone bows, they are showing respect. When someone is preforming martial arts (whether it s a competition or not), it must be done respectfully and with reason, which is why bowing shows the sign of respect...

Japanese Culture: Addressing female business executive, female business, proper consideration
female business, proper consideration, business situations: Hello again Elaine, Yes, as an American, it is okay for you to use - san and that would not sound contrived. It would be more respectful than Miss , because it shows that you care enough about the relationship to learn and use an honorific in the addressee...

Japanese Culture: Modesty, blowing nose, restroom
Japanese Culture: Modesty, blowing nose, restroom, urge

Japanese Culture: Lesbianism, history of japan, creation of the universe
history of japan, creation of the universe, kojiki: Well, the oldest written history of Japan was around 600 AD, called the Kojiki. In it it details the events from the creation of the universe untill the time up to when the history was written. In it we can find what people say as bad or good . In short,...

Japanese Culture: Modesty, etiquette in japan, japanese person
etiquette in japan, japanese person, high density: Hello Ken, It s true that I can t remember seeing a Japanese person blowing the nose. Then again, I am not into remembering something like that, so I just might have forgot. But I think you are right, they prevent this as much as possible. I do think I recall...

Japanese Culture: Ronin, group orientation, conflicting emotions
group orientation, conflicting emotions, disownment: Hello Babylon, Thank you for your question. What happened can happen in any society, and not just in the Japanese culture. Disownment is an expression of convoluted emotions that is not restricted to the Japanese culture, but in Japan, where group orientation...

Japanese Culture: Appropriate New Baby Gift, sushi chefs, cultural taboos
sushi chefs, cultural taboos, sushi master: Hello Anita, Thank you for your question. There is no special gift for sushi chefs that would be more appropriate than another. Also, there are also no special cultural taboos regarding such gifts. Therefore, any gift that would express your appreciation...

Japanese Culture: Gifts for parents and relatives, parents and grandparents, welcome gifts
parents and grandparents, welcome gifts, local products: Hello Ingrid, Thank you for your question. There are no rules for determining what is appropriate as gifts for parents and relatives of your son s fiance. What is important is that the gifts express your thoughts, and there is no need for the gifts to...

Japanese Culture: materialism, japanese cultures, polite speech
japanese cultures, polite speech, informal language: Well as far as materialism goes, it is a difficult thing to answer. In the US, many people are materialistic when it comes to electronics, fashion, and many other things. In the context of Shinto, the traditional Japanese belief system puts much more emphasis...

Japanese Culture: Japanese Education, Japanese education, crafts
Japanese education, crafts: Hello Crystal, Thank you for your question. Japanese typically go through one or two years of pre-school (kindergarten), followed by six years of grammar school, followed again by three years of middle school, then three years of high school, and then...

Japanese Culture: Student ages in Japanese schools, Student ages, Japanese schools
Student ages, Japanese schools: Hello Francesca, Thank you for your question. Japanese students typically spend 1 year in kindergarten, 6 years in grammar school, 3 years in middle school, 3 years in high school, and 4 years in college. They normally begin grammar school at age 6,...

Japanese Culture: Geisha, memoirs of a geisha, zhang ziyi
memoirs of a geisha, zhang ziyi, asia pac: Immortal Geisha http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig/index.html BBC News - Photo Gallery http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/04/asia_pac_geisha/html/1.stm This one is all in Japanese, but the pictures are great http://www6.ocn.ne.jp/~yamato93/...

Japanese Culture: Japan's schooling, japanese educational system, confucian values
japanese educational system, confucian values, social hierarchy: Hello Shaniqua, Thank you for your question. The short answer is Yes, absolutely. Through its 6-3-3 (6 years of grammar school, 3 years of junior high school, 3 years of high school) system of compulsory, universal schooling, Japan trains highly educated...

Japanese Culture: japanses cultre, buddhism in japan, cultre
buddhism in japan, cultre, itsself: Well, this is a good question. Basically for an unknown about of time, possibly 7000+, Shinto has been the main Religion of Japan, in fact it did not even have a name for itsself untill Buddhism arrived in the 5-6th century A.D. Today, both buddhism and...

Japanese Culture: Hierarchy in japan, hierarchy in japan, junior person
hierarchy in japan, junior person, japanese terms: Hello Salia, Thank you for your question. The most common terms in use are meue for a senior person, buka for a junior person, and doryo for colleagues who are on the same level as the speaker in a hierarchy. I hope this helps. Please let me...

Japanese Culture: Proper etiquette, traditional japanese culture, modern japan
traditional japanese culture, modern japan, japanese woman: Hello Kevin, Thank you for your question. When someone (anyone, including those who serve you) bows to you, you should acknowledge that gesture by bowing back. Whether to look them in the eye or not is more a historical question. In traditional Japanese...

Japanese Culture: Wedding gift, gift envelopes, stationery stores
gift envelopes, stationery stores, bridal showers: Hello May, Thank you for your question. Many Japanese have Christian and Buddhist weddings, but most have Shinto ceremonies, so that the appropriate dress and gifts are no different regardless of the style of wedding. Most attendees are invited to both...

Japanese Culture: Graduating Early, traditional japanese food, miso soup
traditional japanese food, miso soup, fish eggs: Hello Tomiah, My wife is Japanese and she understand the idea of early graduation but she doesn t know it. I think it is not common or maybe impossible. Japan has quite a strict school system so it sounds rather unacceptable. Also, education is like very...

Japanese Culture: Japanese business culture: lawsuits/depositions., japanese business culture, japanese corporation
japanese business culture, japanese corporation, litigious society: Hello Renee, Thank you for your question. This is a pretty broad question, so let me provide some general responses. 1. Japanese culture is very much a Confucian society, so there is much emphasis on hierarchy and the proper order of people, or organizations,...

Japanese Culture: Japanese business culture: lawsuits/depositions., japanese business culture, japanese etiquette
japanese business culture, japanese etiquette, meishi: Hello Renee, If you are about to enter the courtroom with Japanese, it s a good thing you have read up. You might already know the formal and traditional culture of the Japanese. So you may expect this and more in the courtroom. I can t say I have experience...

Japanese Culture: japanese culture, graduation thesis, japanese shinto
graduation thesis, japanese shinto, fashion ideas: Hello, I am sorry it took so long to answer your question. I was an apprentice at a Shinto Jinja (Shrine) for some time, so you could say I am interested in Japan, though that is a very broad statement. Osaka is a very nice part of the country, though...

Japanese Culture: Appropriate flowers, flowers for funerals, mourning periods
flowers for funerals, mourning periods, celebratory occasions: Hello Stephanie, Thank you for your question. The short answer is that there are no quick and fast rules. While there are preferences for colors and types of flowers for funerals and mourning periods, there are no general rules for festive and celebratory...

Japanese Culture: Obon Festival, shinto shrines, ancestor veneration
shinto shrines, ancestor veneration, types of buddhism: Yes, you see today in Japan it is a little complicated, because most people say they are both buddhist and Shinto, though in reality only 2% of the population practices either. There are a few people that are exclusively Shinto however. For these people after...

Japanese Culture: distinguishing 9 light intensities in a day, shrine shinto, shinto shrine
shrine shinto, shinto shrine, light intensities: ***Update*** ------------ You know there is a special Mon (crest or logo) used by the Shinkendo organization, who practice and teach samurai combat. It is called the Kuyo mon, and I believe it will answer your question. Please read about it here!! http://www.shinkendo.com/wheel.html...

Japanese Culture: Baby Gift, temple visit, 100th day
temple visit, 100th day, gifts items: Hello Valerie, Thank you for your question. The short answer is no, there are no particular gifts that mean more than others. The traditions regarding newborns are: Seventh night - Name the child on the 7th day after birth. Temple visit - Visit...

Japanese Culture: How to behave?, japanese person, japanese women
japanese person, japanese women, japanese restaurant: Yes, be very modest and don t accept the compliment right away. If they keep insisting, you may eventually accept the compliment, but do so also very modestly ( oh, if you think so, thank you or something like that). The biggest problem the Japanese see in...

Japanese Culture: Fun in Japanese Schools, fun, dancing
fun, dancing, japanese schools: Hello Christine, Thank you for your question. The short answer is no, students in middle/secondary schools in Japan do not have time to attend dances. Grammar schools and middle schools host annual sports festivals in the autumn, and folk/square dances...

Japanese Culture: "Sakura.....", cherry blossom trees, japanese classical literature
Japanese Culture: "Sakura.....", cherry blossom trees, japanese classical literature, zen buddhism

Japanese Culture: Gift for Japanese wedding, Gift, Japanese wedding
Gift, Japanese wedding: Hello Andrea, Thank you for your question. While there is no tradition of bridal showers and such in Japan, we often give presents for the wedding of good friends and acquaintances. We give prsents that are thought to be suitable for the couple, items...

Japanese Culture: about a geshia, what is a geshia, traditional japan
what is a geshia, traditional japan, google: A geisha is an artist that is known in traditional Japan. She caters to mostly business men and those who can afford her company. She is not for hire, if you know what I mean. I suggest you Google more about these fascinating women for more information....

Japanese Culture: Japanese School Hours, Japanese schools, school hours
Japanese schools, school hours: Hello Chris, Thank you for your question. For grammar schools in Japan, there are three 6-hour days and two 5-hour days a week. A school hour is 45 minutes. There are five days in a school week now. I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can help...

Japanese Culture: Cherri Blossom, visiting japan, tea ceremonies
visiting japan, tea ceremonies, girls day: Cherry blossom viewing is very popular in Japan. There are even forecasts that the Japanese will use in order to see the blossoms since some only bloom for a couple of days. Groups may have parties under the cherry trees during this time and festivals...

Japanese Culture: San San Ku Do, tsubaki america, shinto shrine
tsubaki america, shinto shrine, japanese customs: Hello Dejah! Well, Having had the kekkon-shiki (Japanese wedding) myself, I have preformed the san san ku do. This is used with special sake implements. Can I ask, where are you having your wedding preformed? If in the Pacific Northwest, you may want to...

Japanese Culture: Tradition of hashi, ritual purification, japanese family
ritual purification, japanese family, chopsticks: This is most likely due to customs imported from the mainland, however it may also have some connection to native Japanese ideas. That is to say, in connection with Shinto, the very idea of life is to be pure or keep a pure life through not only ritual purification...

Japanese Culture: Ukiyoe techniques, Ukiyoe, techniques
Ukiyoe, techniques: Hello Reta, Thank you for your question. The wonderful and awesome thing about Ukiyoe is that it is only done with a block of wood, some carving knives, and various colored ink. Here are some resources that explain the technique and history: 1. About...

Japanese Culture: entertaining a guest from Japan, japanese professor, japanese japanese
japanese professor, japanese japanese, shelagh: Hello Shelagh, This is a difficult question. Aside from his national culture, he might have personal or maybe even regional differences. Mainly, he will comply to the rules of hospitality in your country out of respect. So anything you do that he might not...

Japanese Culture: Japanese culture, sociology class, native religion
sociology class, native religion, two cultures: Well, my expertise is in Shinto, the native religion of Japan, so I will try to answer the question from this kind of perspective. Most Japanese will be very polite to a visiting gaijin or foreigner, always offering to help give directions, etc. often...

Japanese Culture: religion in Japan, Shinto, Buddhist
Shinto, Buddhist, religion: Hello! it is nice to hear that you are English teachers! Japan is a very open and for the most part, tolerant society where mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship have existed peacefully and nearly without any incident since after World...

Japanese Culture: School Culture, meaning of flowers, japanese drama
meaning of flowers, japanese drama, school culture: Hello Sierra, After all I did find out about the meaning of flowers on a desk; If the flowers are roses, someone is telling someone else that the person is in love. If the flowers are any other flower that is white, the meaning is death . Normally, this...

Japanese Culture: ShiShi, closed mouth, wisdom
Japanese Culture: ShiShi, closed mouth, wisdom

Japanese Culture: Gifts for a baby before the birth, money gift, japanese friend
money gift, japanese friend, envelopes: Hello Janet, There is no problem in giving the gift before the birth. As for what to give; I would suggest something that ties in with your own culture. The Japanese traditionally give money, gift-wrapped in special envelopes, but it would mean more if you...

Japanese Culture: kami, gami, shinto
gami, shinto, singular: It s really difficult to know a lot of time if someone is using kami for singular or plural because of the many differences between English and Japanese. In this case, I would use kami-gami as the plural. I haven t heard kamikai but I m also still learning....

Japanese Culture: questions on geishas, geisha hairstyle, obi
geisha hairstyle, obi: Answer 1: For the geisha, the back of the neck and back is very sexy (sort of like short skirts or cleavage for Americans). They do paint the back of the neck like in the movie. The more elaborate, the more formal the occasion. For example, there may only...

Japanese Culture: ShiShi, shi shi dogs, kyoto region
shi shi dogs, kyoto region, kyoto museum: Hi Tim. Well, many shrines used to have many different versions. Today most shrines have the two shishi, and they are both supposed to be lions. They look strange, a but like dogs because the depiction of lions were brought to Japan with buddhism in the 6the...

Japanese Culture: gift giving, japanese wife, free fruit
japanese wife, free fruit, shop keeper: Hello Kristina, It is a nice question you are asking. I didn t know much about Okinawa (well, I still don t) but I just found out from my Japanese wife an interesting cultural aspect. It is particular for Okinawan people to want to be kind and polite, especially...

Japanese Culture: Bell as gift, sound of bells, school trip
sound of bells, school trip, japanese school: Hello Angela, Thank you for your question. A bell is a good gift. We Japanese like bells - smalls ones, big ones. The sound of bells is how we welcome the ending and beginning of a new year. There is no stigma to bells, and giving a bell as a gift shouldn...

Japanese Culture: Japanese-themed gift, tree peony, smoked oysters
tree peony, smoked oysters, japanese snacks: Hello Victoria, Gosh there are any number of ways to organize a gift basket that would work, from a small theme to a large one, to a silly one to something more serious, so if you can t decide on your own, how about being comprehensive and pack a little of...

Japanese Culture: Japanese-themed gift, japanese snacks, perishable foods
japanese snacks, perishable foods, christmas season: What you are thinking of doing is a great idea. The Asian markets are always adding and changing their products so I can t give you product names. However, if you re concerned, try them yourself first. Overall though, I think it will be fun for him to try...

Japanese Culture: Japanese-themed gift, miso soup, cup noodles
miso soup, cup noodles, japanese snacks: Hello Victoria, Your boyfriend will be very happy with your gift as it is very thoughtful. I like your idea. Immediately there is one thing that springs to mind; mochi. This is a block made from powdered rice that is eaten at New Year. When baked, it becomes...

Japanese Culture: Phone interview with US subsidiary of Japanese firm, japanese person, position titles
japanese person, position titles, japanese firm: Hello Sophie, Thank you for your question. Not knowing the subject of your phone interview, I can only provide general pointers, but here goes: 1. Form of address: First names are never, ever used in Japanese business situations. Position titles are...

Japanese Culture: Wedding gift, heartfelt congratulations, corporate customer
heartfelt congratulations, corporate customer, detractors: Hello Sharon, Thank you for your question. There is nothing in our tradition that would suggest any type of gift in this situation. Any gift that you choose should be welcomed by the couple. Especially if this is a marriage that had detractors, any heartfelt...

Japanese Culture: Holiday gift for Japanese client, seasons greeting card, japanese corporations
seasons greeting card, japanese corporations, japanese client: Hello Patricia, Thank you for your question. Generally, gifts are needed only for face-to-face meetings. And generally, gifts in Japanese business situations are tributes, so the more important the contact, the greater the appropriate tribute. If your...

Japanese Culture: Gift for male business client, type of flowers, potted plants
type of flowers, potted plants, male clients: Hello Pat, Thank you for your question. There is nothing in Japanese culture that says flowers shouldn t be sent to male clients. Assuming that the recipient is healthy, there are really no taboos about the type of flowers either. The restrictions apply...

Japanese Culture: Japanese Business Expressions, japanese business culture, boye lafayette de mente
japanese business culture, boye lafayette de mente, business expressions: Hello Phil, Thank you for your question. Dai kigyo byo is the direct translation of big company disease and is normally used to refer to that concept. Also, the following books should help with the Japanese business concepts you asked about: ...

Japanese Culture: Namban-jin, tordo
Japanese Culture: Namban-jin, tordo

Japanese Culture: Honorifics in business situations, japanese business world, japanese customer
japanese business world, japanese customer, honorifics: Hello Holly, Thank you for your question. In the business context, the highest honorific is sama. You would use this form for anyone higher ranked than you, or someone of the same rank, and also people who you ve just met and are not too familiar with....

Japanese Culture: Namban-jin, exact translation, phonetic reading
exact translation, phonetic reading, minami: Hello Fernando, Thank you for your question. Nam is the phonetic reading of minami, which is the South. Ban means savage or barbarous. Jin refers to people. So, Namban-jin actually does mean barbarians from the south. I hope this...

Japanese Culture: Colors and types of flowers appropriate for Japanese funerals, japanese funerals, morehei ueshiba
japanese funerals, morehei ueshiba, types of flowers: Hello Roger, Thank you for your question. In Japanese funerals, right after the person has passed away, decorative flowers are chosen in white or yellow or un-ostentatious shades, such as light purple and light blue. However, since you are characterizing...

Japanese Culture: Education and age taboos, social taboos, japanese constitution
social taboos, japanese constitution, sexual terminology: Hello Allison, Thank you for your question. Taboos are items that certain communities are not supposed to do or to discuss, so that by their nature, they are difficult to state clearly, and they also tend to be inconsistent. In other words, even within...

Japanese Culture: Gift for Japanese Friends Moving Away, going away gift, japanese friends
going away gift, japanese friends, parting gift: Hello Gary, Thank you for your question. In Japan, there are cases when money is presented as parting gift, but in the case of friends, a present that you would normally give to close friends should be appreciated. You said that your friends are returning...

Japanese Culture: Nursing Considerations, stomach trouble, japanese patients
stomach trouble, japanese patients, ails: Hello Leah, Though I do not know so much about this, there is a little personal experience that I can share. From a visit to a hospital that I made last year, I could see that they work very differently from Western people. Particularly, they are very strict...